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JARC New Freedom 5310. David Schneider Transportation Program Specialist Office of Program Management. The JARC Program. Objective: Fund projects designed to transport low-income individuals to employment and employment related activities and also fund reverse commute projects.

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JARC New Freedom 5310

David Schneider

Transportation Program Specialist

Office of Program Management


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The JARC Program

Objective: Fund projects designed to transport low-income individuals to employment and employment related activities and also fund reverse commute projects.

The JARC program changed to a formula program in SAFETEA-LU.


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Examples of JARC Projects

  • Fixed route extensions or shuttle services to job sites.

  • Late night and weekend transit service.

  • Car loan programs.

  • Ridesharing and carpooling programs

  • Promoting transit voucher programs

  • Mobility management.


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JARC Program Implementation

  • Congress has appropriated $438 million from FY 2006 through FY 2008.

  • FTA has awarded $192 million in JARC grants from FY 2006 through FY 2008 (43% of the appropriated amount).

  • 86% of funds that were scheduled to lapse at the end of FY 2008 have been awarded.

  • $18 million will be reapportioned.


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JARC in Non-Urbanized Areas

  • Congress appropriated $86 million for JARC in non-urbanized areas.

  • $52.6 million of JARC awards have gone towards projects in non-urbanized areas.

  • 96% of non-urbanized JARC lapsing funds were awarded.

  • $2.6 million of FY 2006 funds will be reapportioned.


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JARC Program Implementation

  • 112 of 151 large urbanized areas (76%) received their FY 2006 apportionment.

  • 33 states (66%) received their FY 2006 apportionment for small-urbanized areas.

  • 40 states (76%) received their FY 2006 apportionment for non-urbanized areas.


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Delaware

Indiana

Puerto Rico

North Carolina

South Carolina

Nevada

Hawaii

Wyoming

Mississippi

Louisiana

States with Lapsing Funds


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The New Freedom Program

  • Objective: Reduce barriers to transportation barriers for people with disabilities and expand mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

  • SAFETEA-LU Created this as a new formula program.


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Examples of New Freedom Projects

  • Enhancing ADA complementary paratransit.

  • Making accessibility improvements to transit and stations.

  • Travel training

  • Accessible taxis

  • Voucher programs

  • Volunteer driver programs

  • Mobility management


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New Freedom Program Implementation

  • Congress has appropriated $245 million (2006-2008).

  • FTA has awarded $105.5 million in New Freedom grants (43%).

  • 87% of New Freedom funds that were scheduled to lapse at the end of FY 2008 have been awarded.

  • $9 million of lapsing funds will be reapportioned.


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Implementation in Non-Urbanized Areas

  • Congress appropriated $49.1 million for projects in Non-urbanized areas (2006-2008).

  • FTA has awarded $23.5 million for New Freedom projects in non-urbanized areas (48% of total funds available).

  • 81% of FY 2006 lapsing funds were awarded.

  • $2.8 million will be reapportioned.


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Vermont

Puerto Rico

Nebraska

Indiana

Louisiana

Florida

North Carolina

Ohio

South Dakota

Mississippi

Hawaii

Indiana

Nevada

States with lapsing NF Funds


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JARC and NF Implementation Challenges

  • Overall apportionment is small.

  • Difficulty securing local match.

  • Restrictive eligibility requirements (esp. New Freedom).

  • Coordinated planning and competitive selection process take time.

  • Some difficulty finding eligible projects.


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Technical Assistance

  • FTA Website (www.fta.dot.gov)

  • Joblinks

  • Easter Seals Project Action

  • United We Ride

  • MTAP

  • National Transit Academy


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The Section 5310 Program

  • Objective: Fund projects that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

  • SAFETEA-LU created a pilot program that funds operating expenses.


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Examples of Section 5310 Projects

  • Provide non-profit organizations with funds for buses, vans, and equipment, or provide funds for non-profit organizations to purchase transportation services.


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Section 5310 Implementation

  • Congress appropriated $353.7 million in program funds from FY 2006-2008.

  • FTA has awarded $317.6 million in New Freedom grants to the states from FY 2006-2008 (89.7% of funds awarded).


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Program Evaluation

  • FTA circulars established program measures for Section 5310, JARC, NF.

  • Report on FY 2006 JARC services published in October 2007.

  • Report on economic impacts of JARC program published in June 2008.

  • Two follow up studies on JARC and NF underway.

  • States should be reporting their Section 5310 accomplishments with their annual report (due 10/31/08).


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