From 2005-2012, each state received federal funding specifically for Safe Routes to School projects via the federal transportation legislation SAFTEA-LU. Many states still have funds remaining from the Safe Routes to School program; see our State of the States quarterly tracking report to see whether this funding is still available in Louisiana. To learn more about federal funding for Safe Routes to School, read through the Five Steps to Federal Funding: A Brief Explanation of the Safe Routes to School Program Process. You can find additional resources in our national learning network too.
In July 2012, Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, which consolidated several bicycling and walking programs, including Safe Routes to School, into a new program called Transportation Alternatives. Starting in 2013, states have the option to continue running standalone Safe Routes to School programs or to have Safe Routes to School projects contend with other types of projects in a Transportation Alternatives competition; see our state Transportation Alternatives snapshot chart to learn more about your state’s decisions on how it will implement this program.
Additional information on how Transportation Alternatives works is available in our National Policy section.
Louisiana has funded 65 local Safe Routes to School projects totaling more than 11 million. The maximum funding for any local project cannot exceed $250,000 for infrastructure and $50,000 for noninfrastructure activities for a total maximum of $300,000 per project. The maximum funding for a regional non-infrastructure project is $150,000. The maximum funding for statewide projects is $200,000. Safe Routes to School projects require no local matching funds.
The application period began on January 2, 2013 and the deadline is March 1, 2013. Visit the Louisiana Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
For more information on the steps you need to take to get started, read through the Five Steps to Federal Funding: A Brief Explanation of the Safe Routes to School Program Process. You can find additional resources in our national learning network too.
State Outreach Programs
Louisiana is in the process of developing statewide education, encouragement and outreach programs.
The Louisiana Safe Routes to School State Network is building relationships with key partners across the state and offering technical assistance to help ensure that the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) sees high demand for the current funding cycle. The network is also working with National Partnership staff and the LADOTD Safe Routes Coordinator to identify and disseminate national best practices for utilizing non-infrastructure funds, in hopes to catalyze stronger and more effective non-infrastructure proposals from organizations across Louisiana.
State Advisory Committee
Louisiana does not have a state advisory committee.
If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.
Find out which organizations in your state have pledged their support for the Safe Routes to School movement. If your organization isn't yet a partner affilate, we would love for you to join us; it's free! Find more info on joining here.
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