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For Immediate Release

August 18, 2021

MassDOT Announces the 2021-2022 Safe Routes to School Signs and Lines Program

Program provides design services and funding for low-cost infrastructure projects in areas immediately surrounding public elementary and middle schools 

Application period begins Wednesday, August 18, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 17

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), through its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, is pleased to announce the launch of its 2021-2022 Signs and Lines Program. The Program provides design services and up to $6,000 in construction funding for up to five municipalities for low-cost infrastructure projects around statewide public elementary and middle schools. Eligible low-cost projects include signage and pavement markings to improve safety and accessibility along key walking and biking routes to a school.

The application period opens Wednesday, August 18, and all applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17. The Signs and Lines Program Guidance Document and Application are available on the SRTS website in the “Engineering” Section at Safe Routes To School – Engineering | Mass.gov.  All SRTS partner schools are encouraged to apply and must have a municipal contact as the primary applicant. The projects are intended to be completed within the current school year and no later than June 30, 2022.

This will be the third round of Signs and Lines projects, not including the successful pilot project in Lawrence during the 2018-2019 school year. The Signs and Lines pilot project at the Community Day Arlington Elementary and neighboring Arlington Middle School in Lawrence was completed in June of 2019, and included new crosswalks, signage, and an improved arrival/dismissal circulation plan. Since then, ten additional communities have been able to increase pedestrian visibility, improve school zone signage, and better connect schools with rail trails.

The Massachusetts SRTS Program, sponsored by MassDOT and with funds from the Federal Highway Administration, promotes safer routes for students to actively get to and from school by fostering partnerships between community-led organizations, local law enforcement, education leaders, and public health departments. The program currently serves more than 950 schools in over 240 communities across the Commonwealth. Through these partnerships, the Massachusetts SRTS Program highlights the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.  The program also provides information, materials, and resources to support schools and communities with their local SRTS initiatives.

For questions related to the Signs and Lines Program, please visit Safe Routes To School – Engineering | Mass.gov. or email SRTS@dot.state.ma.us. For more information the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, please visit:

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