History In 2005, SAFETEA-LU, the trans. Reauthorization bill was passed In addition to more funds for rural transit, there was a new program and two revisions to programs. SAFETEA-LU is the reauthorization bill that was passed in 2005. As a result, in order to participate in three programs in SAFETEA-LU, projects had to be derived from the Locally Developed Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan. Final guidance issue in May 2007 allowed us to proceed with the new programs, but we started earlier on the plan and made available one time planning dollars.
Here are the three programs JARC New Freedom (the new one) And the Section 5310 AKA Specialized Transportation (in Ohio); The program for Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Federal name) and in the past known as the Section 16 program JARC and New Freedom were rolled out in March. Project Proposals are currently being evaluated, and an announcement on projects should be made in the beginning of June. Section 5310 or the Specialized Transportation Program is being finalized, with the awards announced next week. The next round of applications should be this fall. There may be changes to this program to includes other eligible activities as provided by the Federal Transit Administration. This is, still, primarily a capital program, but FTA allows some other activities to be defined as capital projects such as hiring of Mobility Managers and some purchased transportation service. ODOT has traditionally limited this program to just the purchase of vehicles and equipment directly associated with the vehicles such as radios and computers for scheduling/dispatching.
Intent is to provide job and job related transportation to welfare recipients and low income individuals. Job related transportation can include training, post secondary educations, Adult Basic ed programs, licensing activities, job search activities – anything that will help someone get and keep a job.
Large urbanized areas have their own allocation Small Urban and rural allocation goes to the state O.R.C. designates ODOT To clarify: For Large urban areas (over 200,000 in population) the designated recipients must be determined by local entities and then the Governor must make the designation using the Section 5307 process. For small urban areas (50,000 to 199,999) and Rural (under 50,000) the state is automatically the designated recipient.
This is the match requirements. Project specific planning is an eligible cost for a JARC program.
Mention that this is how the OHIO program for small urban and rural areas is configured
There may be some changes to this program for next year including additional eligible activities.
All of this program is administered by the state with much assistance from most of the Metropolitan Planning organizations in urban areas.
Passengers and advocates would include transportation advisory committees and other representatives from advocacy groups that work on behalf of a targeted group Human service partners could include agencies that administer health programs, social service programs, employment one stops programs, Medicaid, community action agencies, agencies on aging, DD councils, community service boards, etc. Others that could be identified would include security and emergency management agencies; economic development agencies; faith based and community based orgs, business reps like chambers of commerce, school districts, elected officials and policy analysts.