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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION,
TRANSPORTATION SAFETY DIVISION

 

DIVISION 25

OREGON SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FUND

 

737-025-0000

Purpose of the Rules

ORS 184.740 establishes the Safe Routes to School Fund to assist communities in identifying and reducing barriers and hazards to children walking or bicycling to and from school. The purpose of the rules in division 25 is to establish the criteria used in awarding grants from the Safe Routes to School Fund.

Stat. Auth: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 184.740 & 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0010

Definitions and Acronyms

For the purposes of Division 25 rules, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Action Plan” means the plan developed to fulfill the requirements of ORS 195.115 and OAR 737-025-0050(3) and that meets the requirements of 737-025-0060.

(2) “Applicant” means an entity that qualifies under OAR 737-025-0030.

(3) “Application” means the form, prescribed by the Transportation Safety Division (TSD), and all supplemental attachments, exhibits or other supporting papers required by OAR 737-025-0050 when applying for a Safe Routes to School Fund grant.

(4) “Education” means public-awareness and encouragement campaigns, outreach to press and community leaders, bicycle and pedestrian safety programs and activities, traffic education, training, and the evaluation of such activities.

(5) “Endorsement” means support and approval as required in OAR 737-025-0030.

(6) “Enforcement” means law enforcement operations and equipment relating to school zones, crosswalks, speed; crossing guard activities and supplies; and evaluation of such activities.

(7) “Engineering” means planning, design, construction, and evaluation of infrastructure-related projects.

(8) “Letter of commitment” means a letter from the governing body (or bodies) or the school or school district, stating their willingness to participate in the project, as well as their endorsement of the project.

(9) “Letter of Interest” means the preliminary letter, in a format prescribed by TSD as referenced in OAR 737-025-0050.

(10) “Non-Profit” means an organization or group of organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that is exempt from income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; or is organized not for profit, pursuant to ORS Chapter 65, or any predecessor of ORS Chapter 65: or is otherwise organized and operated under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(11) “OTSC” means the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee, the Governor-appointed committee that advises ODOT as defined in ORS 802.300.

(12) “Qualifying School” means a public, private, parochial, charter or alternative educational program offering instruction at levels kindergarten through eighth grade, or any part thereof

(13) “School district” means:

(a) A school district as defined in ORS 330.003.

(b) The Oregon State School for the Blind.

(c) The Oregon State School for the Deaf.

(d) An educational program under the Youth Corrections Education Program.

(e) A public charter school as defined in ORS 338.005.

(f) An education service district.

(14) “SRTS” means Safe Routes to School.

(15) “SRTS Fund” means the Safe Routes to School Fund established under ORS 184.740.

(16) “Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee” means the volunteer advisory group that gives advice and direction to the Safe Routes to School Program.

(17) “TSD” means the Transportation Safety Division, a division of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

(18) “Traffic safety committee” means a local government advisory body charged with traffic safety. Alternately, a local non-profit, such as a coalition or neighborhood association, which specifically includes traffic safety in their charter or charge from one or more government bodies can fulfill this role in the absence of a committee.

(19) “Walking or bicycling” means use of human-powered forms of transportation, including, but not limited to, walking, or use of bicycles, bike trailers, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, skates and wheelchairs.

Stat. Auth: ORS 184.616, 184.619, 184.740 & 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06; TSD 2-2014, f. & cert. ef. 2-26-14

737-025-0020

Application Procedure

(1) TSD will announce periods for submitting applications for grants from the Safe Routes to School Fund. Applications will not be accepted at times outside an announced application period.

(2) Applicants for projects that are not funded during an application period may reapply during a subsequent application period announced by TSD.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0030

Who May Apply

Eligible applicants for SRTS Fund grants include:

(1) A school district, or a qualifying school not represented by a school district, in cooperation with the governing body (or bodies) with jurisdiction over the affected roadways or properties. The school district, or qualifying school not represented by a school district, must submit letters of commitment from such governing bodies stating their participation and endorsement as applicable to the project;

(2) A city, county, state, regional government body, transit district or other unit of local government as defined by ORS 190.003, in cooperation with a school district or a qualifying school. The governing body must submit a letter of commitment from the qualifying school or affected school district stating its participation or endorsement as applicable to the project;

(3) A non-profit organization in partnership with a school district, qualifying school, or one of the governmental bodies identified in section (1) or (2) of this rule. The application must include appropriate letters of commitment from the affected governing bodies. Additionally, if the organization is not a school, the application must include a letter of commitment from the affected school district, if applicable, stating its participation or endorsement. The school district, if applicable, or one of the governing bodies with jurisdiction over the affected roadways or properties, must confirm their willingness to take legal and financial responsibility for the infrastructure portion of the project.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0040

Eligible Projects and Activities

(1) Grants awarded through the Safe Routes to School Program may be used for projects or activities in:

(a) Education

(b) Engineering;

(c) Enforcement; or

(d) Any combination of the above.

(2) All projects and activities must directly benefit a qualifying school.

(3) All projects and activities must meet the eligibility criteria applicable to the specific funds being dispensed through the SRTS Fund.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0050

Grant Application Requirements

An applicant applying for a grant from the SRTS Fund must submit the following documents to TSD:

(1) A Letter of Interest, if the application announcement indicates it is required for that specific funding cycle.

(2) A completed application in a format prescribed by TSD and containing or accompanied by such information as TSD may require.

(3) An Action Plan which meets TSD requirements, or a commitment to independently complete an Action Plan within a specified time, or a request for assistance to complete an Action Plan (as allowed by ORS 184.741).

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0060

Action Plan

Action Plans submitted to fulfill the requirements of OAR 737-025-0050 for each school identified for a SRTS project or activity must:

(1) Outline existing conditions and attitudes that have been identified as barriers and hazards to children walking or bicycling to and from school, as required by ORS 195.115.

(2) List the most critical actions needed to reach the Action Plan's stated goals in the areas of education, engineering, and enforcement.

(3) Be a product of a coalition of local interested parties that must include representation of the following groups (a single person may fulfill multiple representations):

(a) School Principal or designated school staff representative endorsed by the school district, if one exists;

(b) A parent who is a representative of or has the endorsement of a recognized school/parent organization, if one exists;

(c) City or county staff or representative endorsed by the local road authority;

(d) Local traffic safety committee, if one exists.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0070

Project Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select projects to receive SRTS Fund grants:

(1) Technical Merit:

(a) Conformance to the local transportation plan, state land use laws and appropriate federal, state and local planning and programming requirements.

(b) Adherence to appropriate design standards or methodology.

(c) Appropriate scope of work in relation to identified needs.

(d) Emphasis on best practices learned from successful SRTS programs.

(e) Efficient and cost- effective use of funds.

(2) Benefit:

(a) Potential to improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school.

(b) Potential to reduce or avoid child injuries and fatalities.

(c) Potential to create a more livable community by reducing the barriers and hazards to children walking or bicycling to school.

(d) Potential to create a safer walking and bicycling built environment within approximately two miles of a school. Highest priority will be given for projects within one-half mile of a qualifying school.

(3) Support and readiness:

(a) Support of the school district, if applicable, and governing body for the project as demonstrated by a letter of commitment and endorsement.

(b) Readiness to proceed with the project as demonstrated by a proposed start date, identification of other available funding, or other indicators as provided by the applicant.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

737-025-0080

Project Selection and Awarding Grants

(1) TSD will review the applications to determine if:

(a) The Applicant and the project are eligible for a SRTS Fund grant; and

(b) The project proposal complies with the appropriate standards or practices for the work described.

(2) The Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee will evaluate eligible applications and submit funding recommendations to the TSD Administrator.

(3) The TSD Administrator will select projects and award grants based on the criteria established in OAR 737-025-0070.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 184.616; 184.619; 184.740; 184.741
Stat. Implemented: ORS 184.741
Hist.: TSD 1-2006, f. & cert. ef. 11-15-06

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