Decisions about transportation programs and infrastructure occur at all levels of government. When embarking on a safe route to school project it is important for local leaders to understand that they have many opportunities to influence transportation decisions that may not be immediately apparent. Transportation planning in California is complex. This section helps explain how individuals, agencies, departments and planning processes can be used to, and do, influence transportation infrastructure in California.
Regional, state and federal transportation authorities address connectivity across local jurisdictions and establish area transportation plans. Local agencies’ transportation projects, including safe routes to school improvements, need to be part of the area transportation plan to obtain priority in regional, state and federal funding programs.
The Safe Routes to School Decision Maker Toolkit was developed by the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership and the Institute for Local Government for the California Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC). The SRTS TARC is a program within California Active Communities, a joint Unit of the University of California, San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health, and is funded through a SRTS Non-Infrastructure award from the California Department of Transportation.
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their public service, these materials are not technical or legal advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.