The Capital Coexist Traffic Safety Ambassador Program has been released, making $35,000 in federal planning funds available to assist local governments, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations in implementing small-scale transportation safety education and training programs.
ALBANY, NY May 4, 2022 – The Planning Committee of the Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) has approved the release of a solicitation for a local traffic safety education program. The Traffic Safety Ambassador Program, sometimes referred to as the “mini-grant program,” makes federal planning funds available to assist local governments, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations in implementing small-scale transportation safety education and training programs. The 2022 grant program has made $20,000 available for traffic safety infrastructure demonstration projects and $15,000 available for traffic safety events led by local police departments. Demonstration projects refer to the “quick-build” or “pop-up” types of temporary, low-cost improvements that test changes to street design and allow communities to try new ideas and gather feedback about concepts before changes are made permanent.
Since CDTC launched the grant program in 2016, it has funded over $140,000 in traffic safety education initiatives around the Capital Region. These have included everything from the Bethlehem Police Department’s Walk & Roll event to the Henry Street Cycle Track Demonstration in Saratoga Springs. CDTC will accept applications on a rolling basis until the funds are exhausted. Proposed projects must be consistent with the goals of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan, New Visions 2050, and the Local Road Safety Action Plan. There is a maximum funding request of $5,000 but no minimum. Details on the program and submission requirements can be found at www.cdtcmpo.org/capitalcoexist.
“We are pleased to support local traffic safety education and outreach events and programs. Reducing traffic fatalities and injuries is a top priority of the regional transportation plan, aiming for zero deaths on our roadways by 2050. CDTC is committed to working with local law enforcement and all stakeholders in the region to keep all road users safe, but especially the most vulnerable groups like bicyclists, pedestrians, people with mobility disabilities and both older and younger users of the system.” said Sandy Misiewicz, Executive Director.
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga (except the Town of Moreau and the Village South Glens Falls) and Schenectady. CDTC facilitates a transportation planning process as required by federal law and supported with federal funding.
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