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MnDOT SRTS solicitations open

Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for Safe Routes to School grant funds for planning and infrastructure projects to encourage more students to walk and bicycle to school. Applications are due on January 8, 2016. Visit the SRTS grant page for applications and solicitation details.

SRTS Planning Solicitation – Schools will receive expert assistance to complete a Safe Routes to School plan, which will analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions. MnDOT has up to $500,000 in state and federal funds for schools looking to complete SRTS travel plans in the 2016-2017 school year.

SRTS Infrastructure Solicitation – schools, in partnership with cities or counties will receive grants to support infrastructure identified through planning efforts that improve safety and access for children walking and bicycling to school. MnDOT has $1.7 million in federal funds for projects that will be ready for construction in 2017.

Additionally, SRTS communities in greater Minnesota may also apply for infrastructure funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program grant solicitation. Learn more about this funding opportunity on the TAP website.

MnSRTS Resource Center

The MnSRTS Resource Center is now live. During the strategic planning process, MnDOT began work with our partners on a new statewide resource center for Safe Routes to School. Highlights from the resource center:

  • A one-stop shop for Minnesota specific resources
  • Information on getting started and local contacts for SRTS work in your area
  • New resources on funding, crossing guards, model policies, and more

View the October 2015 MnSRTS newsletter for the latest news around the state.

Draft SRTS strategic plan

Check out the draft SRTS strategic plan (PDF). In the fall of 2014, MnDOT convened a diverse group of stakeholders from agencies and organizations around the state to develop a Minnesota SRTS Strategic Plan. Participants included representatives from Minnesota State departments of health, transportation, and education; city and county government; regional development commissions; public safety; traffic safety; schools and school districts; non-profits; and health organizations. Working through four interactive workshops and a series of online surveys between November 2014 and February 2015, the strategic planning participants developed a vision and value statements for the state SRTS program, and 5-year goals, strategies, and action steps. The plan includes approaches to public outreach, marketing, and education for SRTS initiatives throughout the state of Minnesota, as well as strategies for developing and implementing SRTS plans and programs.

New eligibility requirement for infrastructure grants with state funds

In 2015, new eligibility language (PDF, 90 KB) was amended to the state SRTS program under Minnesota Statutes 174.40. To receive funding for SRTS infrastructure projects, communities will need to adopt subdivision regulations that require SRTS infrastructure in developments authorized on or after June 1, 2016.