On Jan. 15, 2013, the Iowa Transportation Commission acted to approve the staff recommendations for Iowa’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding under MAP-21 that included distributing the vast majority of TAP funds to metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional planning affiliations (RPAs) for them to program on TAP-eligible projects. Under MAP-21, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities will be funded under TAP. Future SRTS projects will be awarded and programmed by the local MPOs and RPAs.
For more information about applying for MPO or RPA programmed TAP funds,
contact the MPO or RPA in the project area.


What is Safe Routes to School (SRTS)?

kids walking crossing a cross-walkSRTS is a rising international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to school through the “5Es: engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation." The 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) federal transportation bill included a new SRTS federal funding source of $612 million over five years for both infrastructure and noninfrastructure reimbursement grants. SRTS projects continue to be eligible for funding through MAP-21's Transportation Alternatives Program.

Reasons for the program

During the past two to three decades, there has been an incredible rise in obesity and physical inactivity in children and adults. The impact on health and health-care costs is high and will continue to rise dramatically. In 1969, roughly half of all children walked or biked to school. Now, it is about 15 percent. For school trips less than 1 mile, 29 percent walk or bike. traffic congestionThere is a strong correlation between communities with good bicycle and pedestrian environments, and having more active residents. Air quality and traffic congestion around schools has also become an issue.

Watch the Safe Routes to School video

View the Safe Routes to School PowerPoint® presentation
Who to contact
Debra Arp
SRTS coordinator
Phone: 515-239-1681
E-mail: Debra Arp