Funding Opportunity: Applications for Job Access and Reverse Commute & New Freedom programs Due May 24, 2013.
NOACA is currently the administrator of two federal grant programs:
The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program (Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5316) program supports transportation services to jobs and employment-related activities for eligible low-income individuals. Additionally, the program provides funding for support programs for commuting from urban, rural, or other suburban areas to suburban workplaces (reverse commute).
The New Freedom program (Section 5317) program supports new or expanded public transportation services and alternatives beyond those currently required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that assist individuals with disabilities with transportation, including transportation to and from jobs and employment support services.
Requests for JARC and New Freedom funding, as well as requests for the Specialized Transportation program (Section 5310), must include projects consistent with the goals of the Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan.
In the Cleveland Urbanized Area (UZA) $1.999 million in JARC funding and $1.276 million in New Freedom funding is available (includes up to 10% for administrative costs). If the solicitation for applications does not result in enough qualified projects to award all funds, an additional selection round(s) may be initiated at a later date to award remaining funds.
Download the instructions and application here (posted April 22, 2013):
JARC and New Freedom Overview and Application Instructions
JARC and New Freedom 2013 Application
Application Sample Resolution
NOACA will hold a workshop on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to explain the application process and answer questions. To register for the workshop, please e-mail Meredith Davis, or call her at 216-241-2414, ext. 350.
4 p.m. ET on Friday, May 24, 2013, at NOACA, 1299 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. This includes hand-delivered, emailed and mailed applications. See application instructions for details.
Eligible applicants for the JARC and New Freedom programs may include:
Projects must be in the Cleveland Urbanized Area.
- Private non-profit organizations
- State or local government authorities
- Public operators of public transportation services
- Private operators of public transportation services
MAP-21 and Future Changes
The new authorization for surface transportation spending, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), was passed by Congress on June 29, 2012. The bill eliminated the JARC program, though transit agencies may still fund JARC projects that assist low-income populations and reverse commuters through the Section 5307 and 5311 programs. MAP-21 also merged the New Freedom program into a revised Section 5310 program called Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities.
Related Documents and Links:
For more information, please e-mail Meredith Davis or call her at 216-241-2414, ext. 350 or e-mail Marc Von Allmen or call him at 216-241-2414, ext. 250.