Safe Routes to School Projects

Safe Routes to School Projects

Between 2010 – 2013, MGT’s President was the Senior Planner who provided SRTS consultant expertise/technical assistance to Arizona communities through grant funds provided by ADOT’s Safe Routes to School Program:

  • Planning Assistance Program;
  • Tribal Planning Assistance Program;
  • Grant Writing Assistance Program; and
  • Active School Neighborhood Assistance programs.

Funding compensated MGT as a subconsultant to NCE for provision of SRTS grant writing workshops, as well as the compilation of either a School Route/Travel Plan or Active School Neighborhood Assistance Program Report with aerial and Safest Routes to School maps, existing conditions, prioritized problems, countermeasures, estimated costs, photos, existing schematics of engineering improvements, an implementation plan, and summary of potential SRTS programs/projects that could be submitted for additional SRTS grant funds.  Utilizing these plans and reports, the NCE consultant team provided clients with one-on-one technical assistance in developing/writing their SRTS grant applications.  MGT was instrumental in encouraging the first military installation, the U.S. Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground, to pursue SRTS infrastructure funding for PFC James D. Price Elementary School, and funded the first tribal SRTS grant in the U.S. for the Yavapai-Apache Nation.

20 SRTS School Route/Travel Plans

ADOT’s SRTS Cycle 4:

  • Round Valley Intermediate School – Town of Eagar
  • Manzanita Elementary School – City of Kingman

ADOT’s Mid-year Planning Assistance Program Cycle

  • Imagine School at Rosefield – City of Surprise
  • Nikolaus Homestead Elementary School – City of Show Low
  • Round Valley Primary School – Town of Springerville
  • Baboquivari Middle School – Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization – US Army Garrison Yuma Proving Ground

ADOT’s SRTS Cycle 5:

  • Beaver Creek School – Town of Rimrock
  • Sequoia Charter School – City of Mesa
  • Sacaton Middle School – Gila River Indian Community
  • Wenden Elementary School – Town of Wenden

ADOT’s SRTS Cycle 6:

  • Laura N. Banks Elementary School – Pima County Department of Transportation
  • Clarkdale-Jerome School – Town of Clarkdale
  • West Sedona School – City of Sedona
  • EAGLE College Preparatory Academy – City of Phoenix

ADOT’s SRTS Tribal Planning Assistance Program:

  • Kayenta Unified School District, Number 27 – Township of Kayenta

ADOT’s SRTS Cycle 7:

  • Wellton Elementary School – Town of Wellton
  • Quartzsite Elementary School District, Number 4 – Town of Quartzsite

ADOT’s SRTS Tribal Planning Assistance Program:

  • Peach Springs Elementary School – Hualapai Indian Tribe

8 Active School Neighborhood Assistance Program Reports

The purpose of the Active School Neighborhood Assistance Program (ASNAP) was to provide technical assistance to communities, which presented relatively low Active School Neighborhood Checklist (ASNC) scores when having attached their ASNCs to grant applications from past ADOT SRTS program grant cycles.

The eight communities/schools that received technical assistance are as follows:

  • City of Phoenix – Alfred F. Garcia Elementary School
  • City of Phoenix – C.J. Jorgensen Elementary School
  • City of Phoenix – Laveen Elementary School
  • City of Glendale – Don Mensendick Elementary School
  • City of Glendale – William C. Jack Elementary School
  • City of St. Johns – Coronado Elementary School
  • City of St. Johns – St. Johns Middle School
  • Town of Pinetop-Lakeside – Blue Ridge Middle School and Junior High.

In the fall of 2006, Brian Fellows had barely warmed his chair as the new State Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s SRTS Program when he received a call from MGT’s President, during her term as the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside’s Grant Coordinator.  She was asking when the first SRTS grant round would be conducted (albeit three months ahead of its publication).

SRTS is MGT’s favorite grant program, as it does everything right: encourages kids to walk and bike to school; reduces traffic in school zones; improves the air quality around schools where our young people spend the bulk of their time; and installs critical infrastructure needed to make our communities and community members more safe while walking or bicycling our neighborhoods.

Our love for SRTS program development and funding is reflected by our firm having successfully:

  • funded or assisting the funding of $1.8 million in SRTS grants;
  • completed 20 SRTS School Route/Travel Plans, 1 City of Surprise SRTS Action Plan for three charter schools, and 28 site visit assessments; and
  • provided SRTS grant writing workshops to 169 participants (including 6 tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona), which lead to the successful funding of $5.3 million in SRTS grants.