MAG Transportation Alternatives Safe Routes to School Program Overview
In July 2012, the federal government passed the new federal transportation authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) which consolidated several previous programs to create a new federal formula funding category called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA). The MAG region receives about $4.4 million per year for this program. Two categories of projects or programs can be funded with TA funds: (1) TA Infrastructure Program and (2) TA Non-infrastructure/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.
Starting in Fiscal Year 2015, a total of $4,000,000 per year has been allocated for the TA Infrastructure Program and $400,000 per year for the TA Non- infrastructure/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. MAG will be calling for project applications to program funds towards qualifying projects in these two program areas. All applications for TA Infrastructure or TA Non-Infrastructure/SRTS projects in the MAG planning area must be submitted to MAG by a MAG member agency. Oversight for the TA Non-infrastructure/SRTS program is provided by the MAG Transportation Safety Committee.
FFY 2016 and 2017 TA Non-infrastructure SRTS Call for Project Applications
MAG issued a call for TA Non-infrastructure SRTS project applications in March 2015. The links provided below include the MAG TA/SRTS guidance documents, including a Local Agency SRTS contact list, Goals and Objectives document and an example framework study. Also included below are applications submitted in response to this call for projects which closed Tuesday May 5, 2015.
A second call for FFY 2017 TA/SRTS project applications was issued on August 10th as part of a larger MAG TIP programming effort. Applications are available for download on the FY2017-2021 TIP Modal Applications page. The Deadline to submit project applications is 10:00 Monday September 21, 2015. No Late Applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by a MAG member agency (applicant). Please see the “General Instructions” and “Transmittal Instructions and Schedule” tabs in the Excel-based applications for more information.
March 2015 Applications Received
2015 MAG Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops
MAG hosted approximately 400 school crossing guards and interested school officials that attended any one of three half-day Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops that were held prior to the start of the 2015 – 2016 school year. The workshops were held on July 30, 2015 in Phoenix, August 3, 2015 in Mesa, and on August 6, 2015 in Peoria. These workshops are part of a regional effort to help improve road safety. The workshop content was developed in partnership with a number of cities in the Phoenix metropolitan region. We hope to see participation by schools in your district. These workshops are provided at no cost to the school districts in the MAG Planning Area.
In our role as the regional planning agency for Maricopa County and certain areas of Pinal County, we are working with all cities and towns in our planning region to improve road safety. Improving road safety on access routes to schools has been identified as a regional priority. The support of School Districts is essential to address this issue effectively. These workshops provide basic education and training to school crossing guards, thus meeting a basic but an essential step to ensure that crossing guards do not compromise their own safety nor that of children while performing their duties.
All three workshops will have identical content. Spanish translation services are provided for those who need it. Many cities and towns in the region recommend this MAG workshop for all public K-8 schools located within their city limits. Please note that the City of Phoenix no longer holds a separate training event.
The intent of the MAG workshops and the associated print materials and video is to provide basic safety training for all school crossing guards as a regional road safety initiative. K-8 schools may utilize this workshop to train their school crossing guards. The responsibility remains with each school for hiring, training, and defining when and where crossing guards are to be on duty.
If you have any questions please contact the event coordinator, Margaret Boone (602) 254-6300 or via email at this link. Thank you.