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
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.