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  • Strategic Transportation Demand Management
    What is transportation demand management? Transportation demand management (or TDM) is the discipline of encouraging and facilitating traveler behavior that makes more efficient use of the transportation network. Ultimately, this means providing people with more choice about how, where, when, and if they travel: giving them more freedom and flexibility in their work hours and location, for instance, or making it more convenient, feasible, and attractive to take transit, ride a bike, or share their trip with other travelers. Why is transportation demand management important for Colorado? Population Growth Colorado's population is projected to increase by over 600,000 residents by 2030. Facilitating more efficient travel choices will be an essential component of the strategy to maintain the reliability of the travel network as it accommodates more travelers. Public Finance Colorado cannot afford to “build our way out” of congestion. By making the most of our existing network, we can maximize the impact of tax dollars and reduce future maintenance bills. Climate Change While the state has made good progress toward our 2030 GHG targets, additional transportation strategies are needed to close the remaining gap. Emissions-reducing TDM strategies will be needed in addition to zero emission vehicle transitions. Air Quality The negative health impacts of vehicle emissions are well documented. TDM can be critical in reducing ozone and criteria pollutants from transportation. Timing The pandemic, changing workplace attitudes and policies, labor market shortages and recent transportation policy and investment changes present a critical opportunity. Landscape of Transportation Demand Management in Colorado Colorado has a strong tradition of commuter-focused transportation demand management programming, supported by a mixture of regional initiatives - like the Denver Regional Council of Governments' Way to Go Partnership - and programs championed by local governments, transit agencies, and other community and quasi-governmental organizations. However, many audiences across the state have historically not been part of the conversation, and this has often caused the range of TDM strategies to be constrained by the actors at the table, especially in regard to developing solutions that work for audiences who have not been well-served by traditional TDM efforts - including rural residents, shift workers, caregivers and recreational travelers. Furthermore, ongoing changes to travel patterns and behaviors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to create fresh challenges for established approaches, and the emergence of new technologies - such as shared micromobility, electric bicycles, and advancements in data analytics - also present invaluable new opportunities for practitioners across the state to tackle varied (and growing) congestion and mobility issues through context-appropriate tools and approaches. TDM Conference The Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) is the premier organization and leading advocate for commuter transportation and transportation demand management (TDM) professionals. With a vision of "A Better Journey for Everyone," ACT strives to create an efficient multimodal transportation system by empowering the people, places, and organizations working to advance TDM in order to improve the quality of life of commuters, enhance the livability of communities, and stimulate economic activity. The date for the 3rd Annual TDM Conference in 2023 has not yet been announced. Funding OIM Grant Program The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Office of Innovative Mobility (OIM) has two TDM funding opportunities under the OIM Grant Program. The OIM Grant Program includes TDM Seed Funding Grants and TDM Innovation Grants. OIM Grant Program CDOT Super Call The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Transit and Rail (DTR) is issuing a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and State transit funds including TDM Seed Funding Grants and TMO Support grants. Super Call Notice of Funding Availability and Guidance Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Congestion mitigation and air quality improvement program (CMAQ) is designed to assist non-attainment and maintenance areas in attaining the national ambient air quality standards by funding transportation projects and programs that will improve air quality. Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Revitalizing Main Streets Grant Program The Revitalizing Main Streets Program began as a part of Colorado’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, with a $30 million allocation from the state legislature in March 2021. In June 2021, Senate Bill 260 provided $85 million in additional funding for the program over the next 10 years. This program is intended to help communities across the state implement transportation-related projects that improve safety and yield long-term benefits to community main streets. When defining a main street, CDOT is aiming to support areas in or adjacent to community-focused, downtowns where people work, dine and shop. These routes help form a specific region’s identity and act as the major economic hub in many towns and cities across Colorado. Revitalizing Main Streets Grant Program Resources Colorado State Wide TDM Plan The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is a multimodal transportation agency which supports a wide variety of alternatives to single occupant vehicle use. Phase 1 of this report details a statewide TDM strategy encompassing core strategies, support strategies emerging technologies TDM for specific travel markets and TDM programs. Statewide Transportation Demand Management Plan Phase 1 Report: Colorado Transportation Options CDOT - How to Create a TDM Plans 2019 Colorado Transportation Demand Management Plan - an important part of CDOT’s responsibility is to maintain and operate the State Highway System, CDOT is not a highway agency but instead a multimodal transportation agency that supports a wide variety of alternatives to single-occupant vehicle use. Phase 1 of this study was an inventory of existing Colorado TDM programs; phase 2 examines where and how CDOT can use TDM to address near-term mobility needs. How to Create a TDM Plan As part of the CDOT Procedural Directive 1601 approval process for new interchanges or for modification of an existing interchange, applicants will be required to create a Transportation Demand Management Plan. For more information, please review the CDOT Policy Directive 1601 and CDOT Procedural Directive 1601. CDOT Policy Directive 1601 on Interchange Approval Revised Interchange Approval Procedural Directive 1601 The New Transportation Demand Management: An Implementation Guide for City Officials Americans’ dependence on cars and trucks as the dominant means of personal transportation is built on a foundation of dispersed and isolated land use patterns and automobile-centric urban street design, both of which have in turn been created by a complex array of policy and investment decisions. Untangling this complex web of rules and regulations requires a systematic approach to updating policy incentives to align with broadly held public goals—for example, the goal of creating transportation systems that provide equitable; affordable; and sustainable access to jobs, education, healthy food, recreation, and community for all. The New Transportation Demand Management: An Implementation Guide for City Officials 2001 Association of Commuter Transportation's TMA Guidebook This TMA Handbook discusses the formation, operation and ongoing development of formally structured TMAs—those that have incorporated as private nonprofit organizations. The reason for the emphasis upon private nonprofit TMAs is because the majority of TMAs that responded to the 1998 ACT TMA Council Operational Survey identified themselves as 501(c) organizations. The TMA Handbook strives to address the more complex organizational issues experienced by legally incorporated TMAs; however, the comprehensive information contained in this Handbook is also useful and relevant to TMAs of other organizational types. 2001 Association of Commuter Transportation's TMA Guidebook
  • Revitalizing Main Streets
    Please follow the links for more information About the Program The Revitalizing Main Streets grant program enhances active transportation safety and strengthens the connection of people to main streets and central economic hubs. The program encourages physical activity and enhances local economic vitality in towns and cities across Colorado through funding infrastructure improvements to make walking and biking easy, yielding long-term benefits that bolster community connections. The program began as a part of Colorado’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, with a $30 million allocation from the state legislature in March 2021. In June 2021, Colorado Senate Bill 260 provided $85 million in additional funding for the program over the next 10 years. The goals of this grant opportunity include: Encourage active transportation and healthy lifestyles through improvements to the vitality of downtowns, mixed-use centers, and community gathering spaces; Support economic development and increase opportunities for businesses to thrive; Imagine innovative, community connecting uses of public spaces; Support community access to the right of way that safely accommodates all modes of travel; and Provide safe access to opportunity and mobility for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities, including vulnerable users. Grant Applications We are awarding Grant Opportunity 2, Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Projects grants. The next deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Download Application Eligibility & Information Applicants must be eligible to be direct recipients of federal transportation funds. These include local governments, CDOT and other governmental agencies. Nonprofits and transportation management associations/organizations are not directly eligible applicants for projects, however they may partner with a governmental agency. Note: Private, for-profit companies (e.g. contractors, suppliers or consultants) are not eligible. For more information, click the links below: 2023 Awards Rules, Eligibility and Selection Process Frequently Asked Questions Dates to Know Calendar
  • RAISE Grant
    City of Pueblo Receives over $16.8 Million for West Side Connector Project PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo received notice of funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program with support from Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated nearly $46 million for Colorado transportation projects, with over $16 million awarded to the City of Pueblo. The project the City of Pueblo submitted for proposal is called the West Side Connector project which feature three distinct components and will receive $16,834,725 to execute the completion. “The news of funding from the RAISE Grant for the City of Pueblo’s West Side Connector project is appreciated for much needed investment in infrastructure and connectivity in our city,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “This project will modernize roads and main streets in Pueblo’s West Side and prepare the City to build a bridge to provide a critical linkage to the neighborhood. Seventy West Side bus stops will be rehabilitated to comply with ADA standards which provides better access for Pueblo residents. The RAISE Grant was made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law with President Biden, and we are grateful for the opportunity to receive this funding for Pueblo.” The West Side Connector project relates to reconnecting the West Side of the City of Pueblo to downtown. In the first component, Spaulding/Sun Mountain Blvd. will be extended from 24th St. to 31st St. The second component will rehabilitate 70 West Side bus stops to comply with ADA standard. The third component will be funded as a planning project component, which consists of planning and design for a 24th St. bridge and Downtown Corridor. Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper provided letters of support to DOT for all of the recently funded projects. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is the biggest investment in America’s roads, bridges, and transportation since Eisenhower,” said Bennet. “Now the law is delivering $46 million in federal funding to support Colorado projects that will connect communities, reduce congestion, and strengthen local economies. I urged the Department of Transportation to support these worthy projects across our state, and I look forward to welcoming additional investment in Colorado’s infrastructure from this historic legislation in the years ahead.” Senator Hickenlooper also offered his support. “Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill funding continues to roll into Colorado. These projects are bridging transportation gaps in Alamosa and Pueblo as well as Glenwood Springs. We hosted Secretary Buttigieg on a tour earlier this year to show Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s value in connecting the region,” said Hickenlooper. The development of the West Side neighborhood will be important for future economic development in greater Pueblo which is why the West Side Connector Project is such a priority for the City of Pueblo. As a result of this RAISE grant funding and targeted work, Pueblo’s West Side neighborhood will be restored to one that thrives, attracts other investments and is sustainable for its people now and for generations to come. The West Side Connector Project will improve safety, economic strength and competitiveness, equity, and climate and sustainability consistent with DOT’s strategic goals, it is a good use of taxpayer’s money. The Westward Three project in Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs and Rifle will receive $24.2 million and the Rio Grande Intermodal Transportation Project in Alamosa will receive $4.7 million for the other two projects in Colorado chosen to receive funding by DOT from the RAISE grant program. The funds are part of this year’s $1.5 billion in RAISE grants from the Bipartisan Inflation Law. See link below for more information.
  • Volkswagen Settlement Trust - Transit Bus Replacement Program
    The application for funds is available here. Vehicles eligible for replacement Conventional-fueled (gas, diesel) Model year 2009 and older Class 4-8 transit vehicles may be replaced with new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) alternative-fuel (all-electric, hydrogen fuel cell or renewable natural gas (RNG)). Eligible buses must of age and/or accumulated mileage to warrant replacement and must be destroyed following delivery of the replacement vehicle to ensure they are no longer used. If you are applying for funds to replace an existing bus with an electric bus, charging equipment associated with that vehicle may also receive funds. See Colorado's 2019 Beneficiary Mitigation Plan on CDPHE's website for further details. On January 17th, 2019, Governor Jared Polis’ signed executive order B 2019 002, "Supporting a Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles." This executive order directs CDPHE to, “focus all remaining eligible investments on supporting electrification of transportation, including transit buses, school buses, and trucks.” The result is an updated 2019 BMP, which limits future awards only to zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). Evaluation Criteria CDOT will evaluate your request for Settlement funding of alt-fueled replacements based on the merits and viability of your agency’s alternative fuel vehicle plan, your methodology for implementing that plan, and your technical capability and preparedness for implementation. Available Funds Approximately $16 million remains to be awarded of the $30 million total Settlement Transit Bus Replacement budget. These funds are anticipated to be available for awards over the next two to three subsequent annual award cycles. Exact funding amounts to be awarded through the 2019 and future years' award cycles will be determined by the scoring committee based on applications received. About the Process The CDOT Division of Transit and Rail (DTR) will implement this program through its existing awards processes. DTR currently conducts an annual competitive process known as the Consolidated Call for Capital Projects (CCCP) as a means to identify, evaluate, and select transit capital projects for grant assistance. Instead of conducting a separate application process for each source of funds it administers, CDOT consolidates the capital funds into a single competitive application process that occurs annually in the fall. DTR staff evaluate projects and, if the project is selected for funding, determine the most appropriate funding program. Applications The application period is expected to open on September 30, 2019. The deadline for applications is Nov. 15, 2019. All applications must be submitted through DTR's awards management system (COTRAMS). Applicants that are new to COTRAMS or are first-time DTR applicants must contact Ken Mooney at to request a COTRAMS agency and user profile be set up. Additional materials are required of first-time applicants, so they are encouraged to reach out as early as possible. Matching DTR may use a combination of existing state or federal funds and Settlement funds to incentivize the purchase of zero-emission transit vehicles. Applicants may request awards of DTR's existing program funds for an amount equivalent to 80% of the cost of a new diesel replacement bus. The Settlement funds may also be awarded in an amount equivalent to 110% of the incremental cost (over the cost to purchase a diesel bus) of a new zero emission bus. Funding for associated charging infrastructure may also be awarded, subject to the funding caps established in the trust. Applicants may apply for both existing funds and Settlement funds, or one or the other. By combining both types of funds, the local transit fleet’s cost for a new zero emission transit bus may be less than the fleet would pay for a new diesel transit bus under existing funding programs. The review committee will determine award amounts for related charging equipment, but generally this is capped at $100,000 per charger. Program criteria include: An identified vehicle must be scrapped (cut the vehicle’s frame rails completely in half and cut a minimum 3-inch hole in the engine block) for each new vehicle that is funded. Vehicles identified for replacement must be drivable and must have been registered, operated and insured in Colorado for the previous two years. This ensures the program achieves real emission reductions and prevent abuse. Public, private, for-profit and non-profit fleets used only for the delivery of public transit services that meet all other applicable eligibility requirements. The Transit Bus Replacement Program is limited to vehicle replacements and will not fund engine repowers or non-QVM conversion kits. Repowers and non-OEM conversions can lead to warranty and maintenance concerns. Requiring new vehicle purchases will enhance vehicle safety and invest trust funds in projects with longer service lives. If Settlement funds are awarded for a new all-electric vehicle, charging equipment associated with that vehicle may also receive trust funds. Program Goals Colorado's overall goal for the use of funds is to achieve the maximum long-term air quality benefit for the state of Colorado by stimulating demand for new classes and types of ZEVs. As such, some of the following principles for administering the funds are as follows: Incentivize transformational projects that promote a broader shift in fleet technology and operations, thereby yielding longer-term emissions benefits beyond the projects directly funded by the expenditure of the $68.7 million state allocation; Maximize the trust’s air quality benefits in Colorado, including reductions of NOx, greenhouse gases, and other pollutants; Use trust funds to catalyze the adoption of zero emission vehicles Improve air quality in areas that have historically borne a disproportionate share of the air pollution burden within Colorado and areas that were disproportionately impacted by the violating VW diesel emissions, including the Denver, North Front Range, and Pikes Peak regions. Provide statewide incentives to scrap and replace conventional-fuel transit buses with ZEV (e.g., All-Electric, RNG or hydrogen fuel cell) buses. Accelerate the future adoption of ZEVs by demonstrating to transit fleet operators and the public that these vehicles are viable and by allowing transit fleet operators to gain familiarity and expertise with them. Remove barriers to the adoption of zero emission transit vehicles. Promote the development of ZEV technologies by expanding the market for large electric buses. Allow local transit agencies and members of the general public who use mass transit to benefit directly from VW Settlement trust funds. Promote greater access to the benefits of transportation electrification in communities and populations that do not have the ability to purchase a personal electric vehicle while encouraging a statewide overall reduction in vehicle miles traveled per capita. More information Visit CDPHE for more information on the Volkswagen Settlement and additional funding programs. Access the 2019 Colorado Beneficiary Mitigation Plan and further details about administration of the Transit Bus Replacement Program. (see pages 13 and 14 specifically). DTR's page regarding the Consolidated Call for Capital Projects If you have more questions, contact Ken Mooney at Click here to learn how to apply for VW Settlement funds.
  • Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)
    Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Guidelines and Application: Federal funds are allocated under the TAP program to transportation improvement projects that expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve quality of life, and protect the environment. Many TAP projects enhance non-motorized forms of transportation like biking and walking. TAP was authorized in 2012 by federal transportation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and is now continued under the current federal transportation legislation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). What is the timeline of the Call For Projects? The next call for projects will cover fiscal years 2024 through 2026. The official notice announcing the call for projects is now open. Draft applications are due March 24, 2023. The TAP pdf form fillable application can be found here. The TAP application guidelines can be found here. What types of projects are eligible for TAP funding? TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. Who is eligible to apply? Local governments: any unit of local government below a State government agency, except for MPOs. Examples include city, town, or county agencies. Regional transportation authorities Transit agencies: any agency responsible for public transportation that is eligible for funds under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Natural resource or public land agencies: any Federal, Tribal, State, or local agency responsible for natural resources or public land administration. Examples include state or local park or forest agencies; state or local fish and game or wildlife agencies; Department of the Interior Land Management Agencies; U.S. Forest Service. School districts, local education agencies, or schools. These may include any public or nonprofit private school. Tribal governments Nonprofit organizations (Non profit organizations must apply through a local government agency or quasi governmental agency for contracting purposes) Metropolitan Planning Organizations: that represent an area with a population of 200,000 or under. Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23 or at the request of another eligible entity. CDOT may partner with an eligible entity project sponsor to carry out a project at the request of another eligible entity. How will projects be evaluated? TAP projects are selected via a competitive scoring process found in the TAP guidelines. How TAP funds can be combined with the Multimodal Options Fund (MMOF) The main project type that is eligible for both TAP and MMOF is the design, planning, and construction of pedestrian or bike facilities. MMOF has different match requirements based on jurisdiction. TAP funds may be used to satisfy the match requirements of MMOF and vice versa. MMOF is a competitive grant program awarded by Transportation Planning Regions (TPRs). Contact your TPR Chair for information on TPR meetings in your region and for future MMOF project selections. Who should I contact? A map of the CDOT Regions and contact information is included below. Please reach out to your CDOT Region contact for more information including project information, application requirements, and training opportunities. CDOT REGION 1 JoAnn Mattson (303) 757-9866 2829 W. Howard Pl. Denver, CO 80204 REGION 2 Lachelle Davis (719) 562-5516 5615 Wills Blvd Pueblo, CO 81008 CDOT REGION 3 Mark Rogers (970) 683-6252 222 S. 6th Street, Room 317 Grand Junction, CO 81501 REGION 4 Josie Hadley (970) 350-2178 10601 West 10th St Greeley, CO 80634 REGION 5 Tony Cady (970) 385-1430 3803 N. Main Avenue, Suite 300 Durango, CO 81301 Headquarters, DTD Aaron Willis (303) 512-4019 2829 W. Howard Place Denver, CO 80204 Click here for full details on the TAP grant process and a copy of the application.
  • Wildlife Crossing Pilot Program NOFO
    The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program is now available for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 in the amount of $111.85 million. The program helps carry out projects by certain Federal, Tribal, State, and local governments, including municipalities, counties, and others that reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve habitat connectivity for terrestrial and aquatic species. The funding may be used for construction and non-construction projects and the maximum share of project costs that may be funded with grant funds will typically be 80 percent of project costs, as is standard for Federal-aid projects. We will soon schedule webinars that describe the program and the application process as outlined in the NOFO. These webinars will be recorded and posted on our webpage for prospective applicants. Please check the webpage for future webinars and more information. The NOFO is available here. The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM EST on August 1, 2023. Grant applications must be submitted through For additional information contact our email address:
  • Federal Grant Opportunities
    Competitive federal grant programs, like RAISE/BUILD, INFRA, and CRISI, provide substantial funding opportunities for major projects in all transportation sectors, including roads and bridges, rail, freight, public transit, airports, waterways, etc. Federal grants are open to a variety of eligible entities and grant awards are determined by the USDOT. The details of existing grant programs can change year-to-year, and new programs are frequently released through new legislation, like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed in November 2021. Sign up for the Open Federal Grants e-mailing list to stay informed on Federal Grant Opportunities.
  • Safe Streets and Roads for All Grant Program
    Help Spread the Word to Local, Regional and Tribal Partners – The Safe Streets and Roads for All FY23 NOFO Is Open, Now through July 10, 2023 The fiscal year (FY) 2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is live on and open for applications. The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (EDT) Monday, July 10, 2023. Late applications will not be accepted. For details, more information, and applicant guidance: Review the NOFO Visit our How to Apply page Visit our Resources page Review SS4A Frequently Asked Questions Attend a grant application webinar Learn about what's new in 2023 Award announcements are expected to be made by late 2023. Thanks for your help spreading the word! Cheryl Cheryl J. Walker | Associate Administrator for Safety Federal Highway Administration (202) 366-6378 |
  • Safe Routes to School We are pleased to announcing the awarding of over $3M in funding for seven new grantees! New for this Fiscal Year 2023 grant cycle, the Colorado Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee was able to consider awarding 100% funding of projects from qualifying communities. Please visit our Grant Application page to join us in celebrating our new grantees and their exciting projects! About the Program All Kids Deserve Safe Routes to School Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) uses a comprehensive approach to make school routes safe for children when walking and bicycling to school. CDOT administers Colorado's SRTS program. In Colorado, many communities, parents and schools are fostering a safe environment for their students by using SRTS programs to not only fund education and safe infrastructure, but also to encourage healthy options for our children that are safe for both walking and bicycling. Why is this program important? SRTS programs can improve safety, not just for children, but for the entire community. It provides opportunities for people to increase their physical activity and improve their health. It reduces congestion and pollution around our schools and encourages partnerships. In 1969, roughly half of all five to 18 year olds walked or biked to school. Nearly 90 percent are driven by auto or bus to school today. SRTS is a Federal-Aid and state-funded program to enable children to walk and bike safely. How to get started Starting Safe Routes to School program presents your school, school district, or community with an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children, including those with disabilities. Because the needs of every community are unique, each community or individual school may choose to emphasize different components to make its program work. Some schools have worked with engineering to build sidewalks or painted crosswalks to enhance safety; while others have focused on education or encouragement by starting programs such as a Walking School Bus to motivate children to be active. Regardless of the focus, safety is the first concern. Many resources are available to help you build Safe Routes to School programs in your school or community. In Colorado, when funds are available, they are distributed to eligible applicants through a competitive process to develop programs for grades K-8. The CSRTS Advisory Committee that reviews and selects projects for funding includes educators, parents, bicyclists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and transportation planners. School districts, schools, cities, counties, state entities, and tribal entities are eligible to apply. Nonprofits need to partner with a state subdivision to apply for funding. Evaluation Evaluating your SRTS program is vital to ensuring your program improves, evolves, and provides the very best approaches for getting children safely to and from school. We encourage you read through the SRTS Evaluation Guide, which provides helpful information regarding all aspects of evaluation, from planning to measurement. Prospective applicants may also wish to visit the National Safe Routes to School Data Collection site, where you can find evaluation forms that will be useful examples for future evaluation plans. Please note, in March 2022, the national data system, utilized to this point, has been closed due to loss of funding. Current work is taking place to determine next steps. We will share new information here as it becomes available. We are always evaluating our programming needs and impact on a state-wide level, as well as locally. To help assess Colorado's progress in supporting Safe Routes to School, we partnered with the national Safe Routes Partnership to conduct a review of Colorado's programs, policies, funding, and practices related to Safe Routes to School. Read the Colorado 2020 Statewide Program Assessment Report to learn about the findings and recommendations from this census. Five-Year Strategic Plan A safe route between home and school can provide exploration, fun, education, and so much more. That's why the Safe Routes to School program is a vital component to CDOT's purpose by supporting both infrastructure and educational programs that improve safety and enhance mobility through active transportation for children throughout Colorado. In August 2017, a five-year strategic plan was developed that articulates how Colorado Safe Routes to School (CSRTS) can comprehensively get more children walking and bicycling to and from school. The goals and strategies in this document have been vetted by a project team and the CSRTS Advisory Committee and will guide the program's efforts during the next five years. An overview of the plan is also available. For more information on Colorado Safe Routes to School, including a timeline of key milestones, please check out our Colorado Safe Routes to School Fact Sheet.
  • PROTECT Discretionary grant Program
    Hello again - TPRs members, tribal leaders, and elected officials of Colorado Cities and Towns: The purpose of this email is to inform you that FHWA has released the Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Discretionary Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Applications are due via by August 18, 2023. The NOFO can be found on at: This NOFO offers up to $848 million from Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023 More information on this NOFO and the PROTECT Program can be found at: Two webinars on the NOFO: Monday, May 8, 2023 from 1-2 PM ET Registration Link: Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 1-2 PM ET Registration Link: Hope emails such as this help you to find the latest grant information. If you do not want to receive this type of emails, please let me know. Best regards,
  • USDOT’s Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program
    How to Apply to the USDOT’s Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program! August 3, 3:00 PM ET This year, there is a unique opportunity for nonprofits, local governments, and regional partnerships to access $3 billion in funding to create community and neighborhood connectivity through improved walking, bicycling, transit, and more! USDOT recently announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Program, which combines two programs (Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program and Neighborhood Access and Equity Program) into one giant funding opportunity. Do not wait until next year! This is a one-time investment from the Inflation Reduction Act in these types of projects. In future years, there will not be as much funding available for this program. The deadline to apply is September 28, 2023. The Transportation Equity Caucus is holding a rapid turnaround webinar to build the capacity and confidence of potential applicants to pursue these funds. More information and registration link below. Three types of projects are eligible for these grants: Capital Construction: funding for projects that are “shovel ready”. These construction funds can be used to remedy physical barriers that divide communities from employment, education, and opportunity; address facilities burdening local communities from an environmental justice perspective; build Complete Streets to restore or improve community connectivity Community Planning: funding for equitable, community-centered transportation planning focused on restoring community connectivity, public engagement, environmental impact assessments, and the development of local policies to prevent displacement Regional Partnerships Challenge: funding to strengthen partnerships between local governments, regional transportation planning organizations, state departments of transportation, and/or non-profit and private sector stakeholders focused on equity, mobility, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions Register for the webinar and join the Transportation Equity Caucus on August 3rd at 3 pm ET for an informative presentation and Q&A session on How to Apply to the USDOT’s Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program. This webinar is designed to provide valuable tips and best practices for applying to the grant combined grant program. Speakers who have previously received the grant and consultants that helped prepare applications will share their experiences and insights, offering practical advice to help you prepare a successful application. This webinar complements US DOT webinars, and will be structured as more of an informal question and answer session, and give tips and best practices for applying for federal grants. Register Today!
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