Caltrans NI Project FAQ

This page provides answers to some frequently asked questions from Caltrans SRTS Non-Infrastructure projects. Answers to questions related to Caltrans processes are provided by ATRC and intended as guidance only. Please contact your Caltrans District Local Assistance Engineer for additional information.

  1. Q: Where do I go to learn more about Walk to School Day and Month?
  2. Q: The Safe Routes to School Federal Aid Process is confusing. Where do I go for help?
  3. Q: How can I find out if something is an eligible expense?
  4. Q: Where can I learn more about the Caltrans Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) process?
  5. Q: Can SRTS Non-Infrastructure funds pay for fingerprinting of volunteers?
  6. Q: I’m interested in using the Parent Survey in multiple languages. What languages are currently available?
  7. Q: My project is “Red Flagged” on the SRTS Project Delivery Status document. How can I clear this flag?
  8. Q: Do you have sample close-out paperwork for projects?
  9. Q: The schools I’m working with are very concerned about liability. Any resources to help?

Q: Where do I go to learn more about Walk to School Day and Month?Top

A: Visit California Walk to School Headquarters or International Walk to School in the USA for more information.

Q: The Safe Routes to School Federal Aid Process is confusing. Where do I go for help?Top

A: Visit our Getting Started page to learn more about the Federal Aid Process and review Caltrans policies and procedures for authorizing non-infrastructure projects. For more help, contact your ATRC Regional Coordinator.

Q: How can I find out if something is an eligible expense?Top

A: There are a few sources you can go to determine an eligible expense.

Q: Where can I learn more about the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) process?Top

A: Chapter 9 of the Caltrans Local Assistance Procedures Manual details the DBE process. To find a certified DBE listing, visit the Caltrans DBE webpage. Using non-profits or school districts? The Key Steps document on the Caltrans SRTS website provides additional guidance. Still stuck? ATRC can help you find the DBE Coordinator for your Caltrans District to answer additional questions.

Q: Can SRTS Non-Infrastructure funds pay for fingerprinting of volunteers?Top

A: Yes, funds can be used to pay for the first set of fingerprinting for volunteers.

Q: I’m interested in using the Parent Survey in multiple languages. What languages are currently available?Top

A: The Parent Survey from the National Center for SRTS is currently available in Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Somali, Ukrainian, and Russian on the National Center’s website. Contact ATRC for assistance translating the survey into additional languages.

Q: My project is “Red Flagged” on the SRTS Project Delivery Status document. How can I clear this flag?Top

A: Contact your District Local Assistance Engineer for information on how to clear this flag.

Q: Do you have sample close-out paperwork for projects?Top

A: Sample close-out paperwork is coming soon! In the meantime, please contact your ATRC Regional Coordinator for assistance.

Q: The schools I’m working with are very concerned about liability. Any resources to help?Top

A: Safe Routes to School is a program that can reduce the likelihood of children getting injured. It strives to make it safer for children to walk, bicycle, or roll to school. By simply having a SRTS program you are showing that you are using reasonable care in trying to make walking, bicycling, or rolling safer ways for children to get to school. Also, consider the following:

  • To date, not a single case has been decided involving an injury that occurred as part of a SRTS program.
  • When creating walk-to-school maps,
    • call them “recommended” or “suggested routes”, rather than “safe routes”;
    • revise maps if you learn of new hazards; and
    • emphasize you are not guaranteeing the safety of the routes and that new hazards or conditions may arise.
  • Read the liability tip sheet from the National Center for Safe Routes to School AND a fact sheet from the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network (NPLAN) for more detailed information.
  • Read the California-specific SRTS Liability Resources from NPLAN

**Please note that this is general information and cannot substitute for advice from an attorney about your specific situation.**