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Vanpool Funding from USDOT. What is a commuter vanpool?. Volunteer driven Near home & work Long commutes Shared expense Monthly subscription Group determines schedule and route 10 cars  1 vanpool. A big carpool with rules and a schedule!. Simple Benefit: Net Vehicle Reduction.

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Vanpool Funding from USDOT


What is a commuter vanpool?

  • Volunteer driven

  • Near home & work

  • Long commutes

  • Shared expense

  • Monthly subscription

  • Group determines schedule and route

  • 10 cars  1 vanpool

A big carpool with rules

and a schedule!


Simple Benefit: Net Vehicle Reduction

1 Vanpool

10 Cars


Vanpool Programs for the Commuting Public

  • Private sector initiatives

    New York, Los Angeles, Washington,

    San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston

  • Public sector initiatives

    Chicago, Seattle

  • Public/Private Partnerships

    Detroit, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Galveston, Atlanta, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Phoenix, Minneapolis-St. Paul


The Make-Buy Decision

  • Purchase/Lease vans

    • FTA Capital Grant (80% Federal / 20% State-Local)

    • At-risk, disposition responsibility

    • Subject to out-of-service depreciation, insurance, etc.

  • Contract for Service

    • FTA Capital Cost of Contracting (80% Federal / 20% State/Local)

    • Never at-risk, no disposition responsibility

    • Pay only for revenue service, no downtime expense

  • Maintenance

    • Preventive Maintenance is 80% Federal / 20% State & Local

  • Insurance, Marketing and Management

    • 80% Federal for “Non-Operating Expense” in Rural Areas (5311)


FTA Capital Cost of Contracting

  • Turnkey service contract

    • Vehicles

    • Maintenance

    • Service delivery

    • Fare collection

    • Subsidy mechanism

    • Payment terms – Net 30 days

    • FTA Third-Party Contracting Guidelines

    • FTA National Transit Database (NTD) Reporting

    • Audit Provisions

50% of Total Cost at 80% Federal and 20% State/Local

Translation: 40% Federal, 10% Local and 50% Fares


4 Year Cash Flow – One vanpool


Existing Private Vanpool Operations


Federal Funding for Vanpools

  • FTA Section 5307

    • Urban Formula Funding

  • FTA Section 5311

    • Category “C”

  • FTA Section 3037

    • Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC)

  • FHWA CMAQ

    • Transfer to FTA @ 100%

  • Flexible Funding

    • Between sections for unspent monies


FTA Section 5307

Large UZA (200,000+ population)

  • Funds flow to designated recipient

  • MPO planning process

  • Formula based on reported NTD statistics

    • Bus/Vanpool Revenue Miles

    • Bus/Vanpool Passenger Miles

    • Fixed Guideway Revenue Miles (Rail, HOV, Ferry)

    • Fixed Guideway Miles (Rail, HOV, Ferry)

    • Population

    • Population Density

  • Capital: 80% Fed / 20% State & Local

    90% Federal for ADA and Clean Air Act

  • Operating: None


  • Capital & Operating Expense/Rev-Mile Motor Bus, ADA Paratransit & Vanpool (Texas)

    Current Formula @ $0.39/Rev-Mile (Large) and $0.52/Rev-Mile (Medium)

    FY2001 National Transit Database Statistics, USDOT

    Reauthorization proposal – Increases to ~$0.55/Rev-Mile (1 MM Pop.)

    and ~$0.60/Rev-Mile (200K->1MM Pop.)


    Balance CCofC & Formula

    CCofC

    CCofC

    Formula

    CMAQ

    Takes two years to reach formula cycle.


    FHWA CMAQ Funding (Billions $)

    100% Federal for Vanpool projects


    FTA Section 5307 Small UZA

    Small UZA (50K to 200K population)

    • Funds flow to Governors or designees

    • State DOT planning process

    • Formula: Population & Population Density

    • Capital: 80% Fed / 20% State & Local

      90% Federal for ADA and Clean Air Act

    • Operating: 50% Fed / 20% State & Local


    FTA Section 5311

    • Category A

      • Projects meet all Federal requirements

    • Category B

      • Projects in process of meeting Federal requirements

    • Category C – “Program Reserve”

      • Funds to finance unidentified projects

      • Not a contingency fund for Category A & B

      • No more than 10% of total grant can be in “C”

      • Use it or lose it!


    FTA Section 5311 Eligibility

    • Areas not currently in UZA are eligible for Sec. 5311 funding, even if they are included in metro area planning boundary (which includes the AQ non-attainment boundary)

    • Projects may include transportation TO and FROM urbanized areas

    • Service area may include destinations CROSSING a state lines


    FTA Section 5311 & Vanpools

    Eligible Project Costs at 80% Federal $$$

    • Capital

      Vans, Financing, Maintenance, Delivery Charges

    • Non-Operating

      Project management and Marketing

      Insurance premiums & payments to self-insurance reserve

      Facilities and equipment rental

      Standard overhead rates

      Drug and alcohol testing

      “Promoting and coordinating ridesharing eligible, if part of coordinated public transportation program.”


    Vanpool Pricing Scenario


    Job Access & Reverse Commute (JARC)FTA Section 3037

    • Use of transit/vanpool by workers with non-traditional work schedules

    • Use of transit/vanpool vouchers for welfare and eligible low-income recipients

    • Use of employer-provided transit/vanpool, including the Commuter Choice program

    Flint

    4

    2

    2

    Mt. Clemens

    1

    Troy

    Lansing

    2

    Detroit

    Ann Arbor


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