Alaska Trails is working to to solidify both the Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) and the Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funding as a consistent funding streams for active transportation at the state level. We hope that the funds will be a consistent funding source for important active transportation work taking place across Alaska.
TAP funding allocated in 2016 in Alaska totaled more than $19 million. TAP funding is from the federal transportation allocation that gets passed through to the states, so this effort is not about getting the state to allocate more funding to active transportation.
We also hope that all the TAP money will continue to benefit pedestrian, bicycle and trail infrastructure and programs.
Our goals for the effort are two-fold: - Codify the SRTS program in state law so that it can continue to benefit kids around the state. - Assure that TAP funds will continue to be used in the manner that they were designed.
Without this legislative effort, future TAP funds could simply be rolled into the general transportation budget. We want to assure that the funding will continue to go the projects and programs that benefit the worthy goals of improving active transportation, safe routes to school, and physical activity in Alaska.