National Center Releases Report on How MPOs Are Handling TAP and SRTS

Large Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are taking on a new role in supporting bicycling, walking and Safe Routes to School as they begin to administer a portion of the new federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

The National Center for Safe Routes to School has released a white paper summarizing three different approaches that MPOs are taking in the administration of TAP funds. Based on in-depth interviews with a selection of MPO managers and State SRTS Coordinators, conducted as they were setting up and launching their programs, the report also discusses six challenges the MPOs commonly face as they work to include Safe Routes to School projects. Additionally, it explores how the strengths of regional planning organizations could be directed into redefining and expanding Safe Routes to School.

Read the report.