Poster: Overcoming Federal Grant Delays, Detours & Diversions
State governments solicit, review, and award Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants to local governments seeking to make pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements to and from school. Many communities are successful in implementing these federal grants, but some are not. Researchers from Rutgers University interviewed all recipients of SRTS grants in NJ. Researchers determined projects that had been fully executed, those that were still in process, and those where communities had chosen not to pursue funded projects. Failure to complete projects, including where recipients have opted to decline grant funds, poses concern federal grant implementation. Interviews addressed the challenges encountered by SRTS grantees and the conditions that may lead a community to abandon a funded SRTS project. Researchers explored the nature of delays, conditions that led communities to walk away from federal funds and learned more about the characteristics of successful projects. This poster identifies promising practices utilized by those entities that completed SRTS projects and successfully achieved their goals despite difficulties during the process. This research identifies ways the grant fulfillment process breaks down and how these difficulties may be overcome.
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Leigh Ann Von Hagen
Invited SpeakerLeigh Ann Von Hagen AICP/PP is a Research Project Manager for the Voorhees Transportation Center and facilitator for the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at Rutgers University. For over fifteen years, Ms. Von Hagen’s work focuses on addressing health disparities by developing sustainable transportation and land use solutions for communities. She conducts continuing education training on Health Impact Assessment and facilitates health in all polices discussions (phci.rutgers.edu.) As a veteran bicycle and pedestrian planner, she is a leader in creating multi-disciplined approaches to environmental and policy change through community-based initiatives and partnership building. Leigh Ann manages the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Resource Center (saferoutesnj.org) and the New Jersey School Crossing Guard program (njcrossingguards.org.) She specializes in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety and access through research, training, education, community engagement, and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design.
, Voorhees Transportation Center
, New Brunswick
Confirmed SpeakerStephanie DiPetrillo is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University. Her research interests include the connections between transportation and land use and ways to promote the use of public and community transportation through improvements in the built environment and through transit-oriented development. Increasingly her work has examined the ways to improve access to transit by all users, including people with disabilities. Past works include: MNTRC–supported publications Exploring Transportation, Employment, Housing, and Location Issues for New Jersey Veterans with Disability (12-28) and Measuring Benefits of Transit Oriented Development (12-18); A Strategy for Getting People with Disabilities to Work: Supporting NJ County Transportation and Connecting to Jobs by Connecting to Transit funded by the NJ Department of Human Services; and Reducing Costs of Purchased Transportation for State Agencies funded by the NJ Department of Transportation Research Bureau. She is the editor of the online publication, NJTOD.org, home to the Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter, sponsored by NJ TRANSIT, and is an advisor to The TOD Line, an online newsletter of TOD in New York and Connecticut. She has taught at Rutgers University, Hofstra University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.