FUNDING PROPOSAL for SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
The Eugene-Springfield Safe Routes to School program began in 2005 and since then has expanded to provide active transportation programs and activities at ten public schools in 4J, four in Bethel, and one in Springfield. This program promotes active transportation through bike and pedestrian safety education for students, walk/bike route maps, changes to the built environment, and encouragement events like the Walk and Bike to School Day.
The proposed funding would be provided by Surface Transportation Program-Urban funds, which are federal transportation dollars that local governments have discretion over. The funding proposal would continue the program for at least one more year in the 4J and Bethel School Districts along with an expanded effort in Springfield, while staff look into longer term funding solutions.
The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) would administer the funding. Lane Council of Governments is the MPO, the agency responsible for regional transportation planning for the Central Lane County area.
The Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) will hold a public hearing on the funding proposal at their June 14, 2012 meeting at the Springfield City Hall, Library Meeting Room, 225 Fifth St., Springfield. Based on the input received from the public and the policy board, staff will present a final funding proposal for consideration for approval at the MPC meeting scheduled for July 12, 2012 at Lane County Public Works, Goodson Room, 3040 N. Delta Highway, Eugene.
A staff report and copy of the funding proposal is available here
Public Comment Period: The public comment period closes at 5 pm, Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Send written comments to:
Metropolitan Policy Committee
c/o Paul Thompson
Lane Council of Governments
859 Willamette, Suite 500
Eugene, OR 97401
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