Under the direction of Secretary Foxx, the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is focusing more attention on equity in transportation. Access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation is central to the U.S. DOT agenda, and a key factor in creating ladders of opportunity for disadvantaged communities.
Safe Routes to School programs have demonstrated success in reaching disadvantaged communities, both under the previous SAFETEA-LU transportation legislation (Safe Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users) and the current MAP-21 legislation (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act). This webinar discusses why effective transportation in disadvantaged communities is important to the U.S. DOT, and highlights key aspects of the Safe Routes to School program that may differ from typical federal transportation programs. Representatives from State Departments of Transportation and a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) describe program measures that support equitable distribution of safe routes funding, and highlight successful projects in low resource communities that improved access to schools and other essential community services.
Wesley Blount, FHWA Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Federal Highway Administration.
Seth LaJeunesse, Program Manager, National Center for Safe Routes to School.
Cookie Leffler, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Julie Walcoff, Bicycle Pedestrian and Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Ohio Department of Transportation.
Bill Swiatek, Senior Planner, Wilmington Area Planning Council, Delaware.