State Level Safe Routes to School Involvement

It is at the state level that the growth and institutional success of Safe Routes to School programs is occuring. As the gatekeepers for federal funds related to the federal Safe Routes to School program, the state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) are responsible for dispersing funds to local programs in accordance with state policies and applicable federal laws and guidance. The federal program requires that all states have a full-time SRTS Coordinator who is responsible for implementing the program. To learn more about how the Safe Routes to School federal funding and construction process works for states and local grantees, read the National Partnership’s Five Steps to Federal Funding.

Learn About the State of Your State

The National Partnership works to monitor the progress of state DOTs in administering Safe Routes to School—such as whether they have a full-time, permanent state SRTS Coordinator in place and whether they are awarding and obligating available funds at a reasonable rate. We do this through our quarterly "State of the States" tracking reports. Find out about your state’s progress here.

State Network Project

In January of 2007, the National Partnership initiated the state network project in nine states and the District of Columbia. For 2010 and 2011, the project was funded in the District of Columbia and nineteen states:  California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided a three-year renewal grant (2012 to 2014) for the state network project that will build on policy wins from recent years, and advance built environment improvements in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.