Southampton School District Earns Safe Routes to School Funding

Posted on 11 December 2013

New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. announced Friday that the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to amend the State Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) to include intersection improvements near Southampton Elementary and Intermediate schools. The proposed project will cost $498,374.

The project would be funded by the federal Safe Routes to School program. The intent of the Safe Routes to School program is to enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to school; help children adopt a more healthy and active lifestyle by making bicycling and walking a safer and more appealing transportation alternative; and facilitate the planning, development and implementation of transportation project that will improve safety while reducing traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

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3 Responses to “Southampton School District Earns Safe Routes to School Funding”

  1. Tax payer says:

    Considering there are a good amount of children that live close vicinity to the schools I think it is a great idea. Having buses pick up kids across the street from the school seems a little silly. Nothing wrong with a little exercise!

  2. Tim Thomas says:

    Try crossing Hampton Road in the vicinity of Town Hall in the morning with a child. No cross walks and the traffic lights at either end are out of sync so there is little chance of a clear opportunity to safely cross.With the school and Town Hall next to each other it’s amazing no one has been hit. Pretty bad planning from a town council of reasonably intelligent people, and right under their noses. Glad to see this addressed!

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