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Safe Routes To School in Maricopa

Safe Routes to School Programs

The primary goal of the MAG Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is to help make walking and bicycling to school safer.  All SRTS projects funded by MAG are coordinated through MAG member agencies.

MAG Transportation Alternatives Safe Routes to School Program Overview

In July 2012, the federal government passed the new federal transportation authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) which consolidated several previous programs to create a new federal formula funding category called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA). The MAG region receives about $4.4 million per year for this program. Two categories of projects or programs can be funded with TA funds: (1) TA Infrastructure Program and (2) TA Non-infrastructure/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.

Starting in Fiscal Year 2015, a total of $4,000,000 per year has been allocated for the TA Infrastructure Program and $400,000 per year for the TA Non- infrastructure/Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program.  MAG will be calling for project applications to program funds towards qualifying projects in these two program areas.  All applications for TA Infrastructure or TA Non-Infrastructure/SRTS projects in the MAG planning area must be submitted to MAG by a MAG member agency. Oversight for the TA Non-infrastructure/SRTS program is provided by the MAG Transportation Safety Committee.

FFY2016 and 2017 TA Non-infrastructure SRTS Call for Project Applications

MAG has issued a call for TA Non-infrastructure SRTS project applications. Two separate applications for projects are available in the links provided below; for Priority 1: TA/SRTS Studies and for Priority 2: TA/SRTS Support Activities. Also provided are links to the TA Non-infrastructure Eligibility Guidance document, a list of Local Agency SRTS contacts for coordination of projects and applications, and the TA Non-infrastructure Goals & Objectives document. The Deadline to submit project applications is 10:00 a.m. Tuesday May 5, 2015. No Late Applications will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by a MAG member agency (applicant). Please see the “General Instructions” and “Transmittal Instructions and Schedule” tabs in the Excel-based applications for more information.

A workshop will be held on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the MAG 2nd floor Saguaro Room. MAG member agency applicants and school representatives are encouraged to attend this workshop which will provide general information on the MAG TA Non-infrastructure SRTS program, guidance on completing applications, and highlight important deadlines and requirements. Please contact Margaret Boone at (602) 254-6300 or via e-mail to for any questions regarding the MAG TA Non-infrastructure program or this call for projects.

 Applications Submitted

2015 MAG Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops

We would like to invite all school crossing guards and any interested school officials that serve in your school district to attend one of three half-day Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshops that will be held prior to the start of the next school year. The first workshop will be held on July 30, 2015 in Phoenix, the second will be held on August 3, 2015 in Mesa, and the third will be held on August 6, 2015 in Peoria. These workshops are part of a regional effort to help improve road safety. The workshop content was developed in partnership with a number of cities in the Phoenix metropolitan region.  We hope to see participation by  schools in your district. There is no cost to attend these workshops.

In our role as the regional planning agency for Maricopa County and certain areas of Pinal County, we are working with all cities and towns in our planning region to improve road safety. Improving road safety on access routes to schools has been identified as a regional priority. The support of School Districts is essential to address this issue effectively. These workshops provide basic education and training to school crossing guards, thus meeting a basic but an essential step to ensure that crossing guards do not compromise their own safety nor that of children while performing their duties.

All three workshops will have identical content. We will be providing Spanish translation services for those who need it. Many cities and towns in the region recommend this MAG workshop for all public K-8 schools located within their city limits. Please note that the City of Phoenix will not be holding a separate training event this year.

The intent of this MAG workshop and the associated print materials and video is to provide basic safety training for all school crossing guards as a regional road safety initiative. K-8 schools may utilize this workshop to train their school crossing guards. The responsibility remains with each school for hiring, training, and defining when and where crossing guards are to be on duty.

If you have any questions please contact the event coordinator, Margaret Boone (602) 254-6300 or via email at this linkThank you.

Workshop #1

Workshop #2

Workshop #3

Thursday July 30, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Washington High School Auditorium
2217 W. Glendale Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Monday August 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Mesa Convention Center
263 N Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201

Thursday August 6, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866-A W. Thunderbird Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85301


MAG Regional School Crossing
Guard Training Workshop Manual:

Presentations are also available:

View "Guardians of the Future" video online

Safe Routes To School in Maricopa

Providing safer routes to school offers a full range of benefits:

  • It's Fun!

  • It's Healthy

  • It's Non-polluting
  • It's Friendly

  • It's Educational

  • It's Economical

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