Infrastructure Grant Funding for the NJ Safe Routes to School Program
The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) offers infrastructure grant funding for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. This federally funded program is administered by NJDOT, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grants:
These grants may be used for infrastructure (construction) projects which encourage and enable students from grades K-8 to safely walk and bike to school within 2 miles of the school. Municipalities, counties, schools and school districts are welcome to apply! Examples of eligible SRTS projects include installation of ADA compliant sidewalks, bike paths, striping, lighting, signals, traffic calming improvements, etc.
Resources for SRTS Grants
- Presentation at Grant Workshops (PDF) — Here is a powerpoint presentation from NJDOT from workshops offered throughout NJ on SRTS grants .
- Estimating SRTS Improvement Costs and Engineering and Design Solutions can assist with budgeting and design solutions.
- The New Jersey School Zone Design Guide from NJDOT provides guidance for the community, government and schools involved in the effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities to walk and bicycle to school.
- NJDOT Pedestrian Safety Action Plan Toolkit (PDF) offers success stories and guidance on pedestrian safety infrastructure improvements.
- The SRTS Handbook (PDF) from the NJDOT contains information about eligibility, program requirements and how to complete the application.
- SRTS Grant Strategies and Tips (PDF) gives quick bits of information to help make a grant application stronger.
- List of 2014 SRTS and TAP grant recipients
- Contact your Safe Routes to School Regional Coordinator with any questions about the grant applications.
Key Information for SRTS Grant applications
- Letters of Support for grant applications must be addressed to the grant applicant (e.g. municipality, school) NOT to the NJ Department of Transportation. Here is a Template Letter of Support for SRTS Grant Application (Word).
- Here is a good example of school wellness policy that includes support for active transport to school: Trenton School Wellness Policy.
- Lists of School Development Authority Districts (PDF)) and Urban Aid Communities (PDF) — These communities get special consideration for their grant applications.
Resolutions of Support:
- Resolutions of Support are required from both the municipality and school board when applying for SRTS grants.
- Here is a Sample Resolution of Support of SRTS Grant for Municipality (Word) and School District (Word).
Student Arrival and Departure Tallies:
- Student Arrival and Departure Tallies (PDF) track the number of children walking and biking to and from school are required when applying for SRTS grants. The results of the tally will provide valuable information such as estimating traffic congestion and environmental issues, understanding traffic patterns, etc.
- You can download the Student Arrival and Departure Tally (PDF) and have your results tabulated and summarized by Safe Routes to School. Please mail or scan and email all completed tallies with a cover letter identifying your school name, district, municipality and contact information (name, phone, address and email) to:
NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center
Attention: Sean Meehan
Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
Rutgers, The State University
33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
- The NJ SRTS Resource Center will tabulate and return the results to the contact name on the cover letter. Here are the procedures for Student Arrival and Departures Tallies (PDF).
Mapping your SRTS Project:
- Projects must be within 2 miles of a K-8 school so a map showing the location of the project to a school must be included.
- Create a map of the location of your SRTS infrastructure project using Google Maps!
- Check out the simple tutorial below on how to map the location of your project:
How to apply for the Grants:
All applicants will be required to submit SRTS applications online using SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically) available on NJDOT”s website. If you belong to a county or municipality you already have an Authorized Official registered with access to SAGE.
If you belong to any other type of organization, you may request access as an Authorized Official directly through NJDOT SAGE.
SRTS application screen shots (PDF) from SAGE are available to assist with applying.
NEW! Design Assistance for 2012 and 2014 SRTS Grant Recipients
NJDOT’s pilot program offers consultant engineering services to assist Local Public Agencies (LPA’s) with the development of plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) for their SRTS projects. Recipients of NJDOT’s 2012 and 2014 Safe Routes to School grants are eligible to participate in the program. The program was developed by NJDOT as part of the Federal Highway Administrations Every Day Counts initiative and is intended to shorten time, reduce costs, and improve quality in the delivery of NJDOT SRTS projects.
NJDOT has established a pool of engineering design consultants through a quality based selection process. For more information on this new program, please click here.
Other Funding Sources
There are also a number of other sources of funds available for walk and bike projects — both federal and state funded programs. View the Summary of Grant Sources (PDF) for more information.