Federal Policy

A key focus of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is to serve as an advocate for Safe Routes to School and related issues with Congress and the federal government and to monitor implementation of Safe Routes to School funding. Because Safe Routes to School affects communities in so many ways, our legislative priorities include transportation, education, health, and the environment.

Below you will find the latest information on the National Partnership’s legislative priorities and calls to action. You can explore the links on the left for detailed information on MAP-21, state implementation, and policy background.  For comprehensive search of all our resources, conduct an advanced search of our resource library.

MAP-21 Background and Resources

In late June 2012, Congress passed a transportation bill, MAP-21, that makes significant changes to funding for bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School. Background on the bill and the Transportation Alternatives Program and its impact on Safe Routes to School is available in our MAP-21 Background and Resources.

Latest News and Information:

ANTI-TAP amendments will not be voted on

November 4, 2015: During House floor consideration of the transportation bill, we faced the threat of three amendments that would have limited federal funding for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking. However, thanks to the great response from supporters like you, none of the three amendments are going to be offered on the House floor for consideration.  While it may seem a bit anti-climactic, it means that we are in a good position to achieve a strong outcome for the final transportation bill.  Next up:  the House and Senate must negotiate their differences to produce a final transportation bill, which will happen in late November or by mid-December.

Speak up to protect Safe routes funding!

November 1, 2015: The U.S. House of Representatives is considering the transportation bill next week, and there will be up to three votes on amendments to damage federal funding for Safe Routes to School, trails, walking and bicycling. Please speak up today and ask your Member of Congress to vote no. Update 11/4: None of the three amendments were approved to be considere for a House floor vote.  Thank you for your help!

House Transportation Bill On the Move

October 20, 2015: The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee has released its draft transportation bill, and set consideration for Thursday, October 22. 2015.  Read our federal policy blog for the details on how the Transportation Alternatives Program fares in the draft bill--and where the bill goes from here.

New Publication Highlights How Four MPOs Approach TAP and Safe Routes to School

September 29, 2015:   A new information brief, issued today by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and written by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, demonstrates how regional transportation planning authorities (or MPOs) can advance Safe Routes to School priorities using the relatively new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Read more in our blog and then download the publication.

Older News

October 2, 2015: House transportation bill coming soon?
September 18, 2015:
States on a roll with TAP funds; remaining Safe Routes funds shrinking
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015:
Act now: Funding for bicycling and walking needs your support!
AUGUST 28, 2015:
House transportation bill on tap for September
JULY 30, 2015:
Congress punts transportation until fall
JULY 24, 2015:
Senate  inches forward on transportation bill
JULY 16, 2015:
House and Senate on different paths for transportation
JUNE 22, 2015:
Senate committee unveils DRIVE Act; Needs more to support bicycling and walking
JUNE 10, 2015:
House rejects amendment to limit safe routes to transit
JUNE 5, 2015:
Safe Routes to School allocations top $1 billion; states keep moving on TAP funds
MAY 26, 2015:
Federal transportation bill extended again
APRIL 29, 2015:
Momentum builds for Transportation Alternatives bill
APRIL 7, 2015:
Broad support for the Transportation Alternatives Program
MARCH 25, 2015:
Ask your Senator: Speak up for Safe Routes to School
MARCH 19, 2015:
Two new bills advance funding and safety for Safe Routes to School, bicycling, and walking
MARCH 17, 2015:
States receive and allocate TAP dollars; continue progress on Safe Routes to School
FEBRUARY 24, 2015:
What's at stake this spring in Congress
JANUARY 30, 2015:
Congress casts about for transportation funding solution

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