Greater Washington Network Leads USDOT ‘Mayors Challenge’ Letter to Prince George’s County Executive Baker

Today, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Greater Washington Regional Network led a letter to Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III, encouraging him to sign up for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Safer People, Safer Streets challenge. The challenge is aimed at mayors and local elected leaders across the nation, and encourages jurisdictions to spend one year undertaking activities that will improve safety for all road users.

The letter was joined by the Washington Area Bicycle Association, the Institute for Public Health Innovation, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Prince George’s Advocates for Community-based Transit, and CASA de Maryland. Each of these groups work to advance health and safety in Prince George’s County. Check out the USDOT website to learn more about the Safer People, Safer Streets challenge.

VDOT Safe Routes to School APP Application Online. Deadline for Applications March 31st.

For our Northern Virginia partners,

You can now create or update your Activities and Program Plans (APPs) online if you are applying for the current round of non-infrastructure Safe Routes to School funding.  We know a number of jurisdictions are applying, but if we haven’t heard from you, please reach out so we can keep track of applicants from Northern Virginia. And good luck to all of those who are submitting applications!


Dear SRTS Partners,

I just wanted to send out a quick message to those of you who are creating or updating your APPs, to let you know how you can access the application.

As in years past, we are using an online grant application system, which you will use to submit your APP and create and submit your application. You can find the application here, and you can also download and review the application questions here.

As promised, you can access the system as of March 1st. The deadline for submitting your application is March 31st.  Please also remember that the first step in the process is the submission of you APP which, if it has not already been reviewed by VDOT, may take up to two weeks for approval before you can access the rest of the application.  To ensure you have plenty of time to complete the application, we recommend you submit your APP as soon as possible, but no later than March 13th.

If you have any questions about the application process, take a look at the information on our website, contact your Local Technical Assistance Coordinator (LTAC) or call the Program Hotline at 1-855-601-7787 for support.


Robert J. Williams

Virginia Safe Routes to School Coordinator