In May, Metro, the greater-Portland-area’s regional government, passed policy that focuses investments in Safe Routes to School programming and street safety improvements near schools.
Metro has now announced the Call for Projects for the Regional Flexible Funds Allocation (RFFA). The application deadline is Friday, August 26, 2016. Approximately $33 million is available.
Eligible agencies can submit project applications for the two funding categories — active transportation/complete streets projects, and regional freight investments. The 25 cities and three counties of the Portland metropolitan area, along with transit agencies, parks and recreation districts, the Port of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation are eligible to apply for funds to support projects in their jurisdictions.
Jurisdictions interested in funding street safety improvements that will allow more students to walk or roll to school should take note: TriMet and Metro have committed to work together on means to swap a portion of these federal regional flexible funds for local funds. Local funds are often better suited to build Safe Routes to School-supportive infrastructure due to the lower level of requirements attached to their use. More details will become available (prior to the application deadline in August) as the two agencies develop this agreement.
For program guidelines, application forms, and other details regarding this Call for Projects, please visit Metro’s Regional Flexible Funds applicant’s page. If you have any questions, please contact regional flexible funds allocation project manager Dan Kaempff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-813-7559.