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NJ TRANSIT announces new NJ-Job Access and Reverse Commute program (NJ-JARC) program funding round

NJ TRANSIT is now accepting applications from organizations that wish to apply for operating assistance under the NJ-JARC program (SFY15 & SFY16). Eligible applicants for NJ-JARC include private non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, and operators of public transportation services, including private operators of public transportation services. The goal of the NJ-Job Access and Reverse Commute program (NJ-JARC) is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment-related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals and to transport residents of urbanized areas and non-urbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities. In order to be selected, your organization must be an active participant in the local human services transportation coordination planning process. NJ-JARC is only for operating funds for transportation services and requires 50% local match. Information on the application process and other requirements are contained in the application.

Both the NJ-JARC application and program guidelines are available on-line from the New Jersey Community Transportation Training Program United We ride website at www.njcttp.org/united.

Completed applications are to be emailed to James Flynn at jpflynn@njtransit.com no later than March 28, 2014. A hard copy of the application with required attachments should be mailed to:

James P. Flynn, Community Transportation Administrator
Community Transportation Department, 4th Floor
One Penn Plaza East
Newark, NJ 07105

For more information please call James Flynn at 973-491-7382.

NJ TRANSIT announces new Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities)
program funding round

The Federal Transit Administration is making funding available for the federal fiscal year 2013 for the Section 5310 Grant Program. The intent of this program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by providing financial support, through programs planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of these populations. The grant process consists of four phases. The first phase is completion of an application to NJ TRANSIT. The second phase is the review process at NJ TRANSIT for inclusion in the statewide federal grant submission. The third phase is federal review and approval. In phase four, NJ TRANSIT enters into an agreement with the approved applicants. Be advised that the entire process from application to receipt of award may take eighteen months to two years.

You must be an active participant in the county transportation coordination planning process referred to as the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP). Be sure that your local designated planning lead (see Exhibit in Application) is aware of your intent to apply.

The application is available online at: s-rides.njtransit.com

For more information on how NJ TRANSIT administers the Section 5310 Grant, please visit www.njcttp.org and click on the UNITED WE RIDE tab on the left hand side. There you will find the Section 5310 State Management Plan which describes how NJ TRANSIT administers the grant.

Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning

In February 2004, Executive Order on Human Service Transportation #13330 directed eleven federal departments and agencies to work together to ensure that transportation services are seamless, comprehensive, and accessible; and established the Federal Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), tasked to simplify access to transportation for people with disabilities, people with lower incomes, and older adults. The CCAM launched United We Ride (UWR), a national initiative to implement the Executive Order and the Action Plan established by the CCAM.

The Federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility defined the coordination of specialized transportation services as "a process through which representatives of different agencies and client groups work together to achieve any one or all of the following goals: more cost effective service delivery; increased capacity to service unmet needs; improved quality of service; and service which are more easily understood and accessed by riders."

DVRPC is responsible for facilitating the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) process for the Delaware Valley. DVRPC's regional plan coordinates and prioritizes investments under three programs:

The 2010 Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan Summary (publication # 10009) includes summaries of existing regional services and non-traditional services, and outlines regional goals and strategies for providing additional services to low income, elderly, and disabled residents in the Delaware Valley. This document is based on the 2007 Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan (publication # 07008), which also included additional inventories and detailed appendixes, some of which are no longer current.

MAP-21 Program Updates

Last year's JARC and New Freedom selection round was the final selection round under the framework established in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The most recent Federal transportation legislation (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century; MAP-21) brings with it several changes to these funding streams. In short, JARC no longer exists as a program, but the various projects historically funded through JARC (including operations) are now an eligible expense under transit agencies' 5307/5311 programs – the major urban (5307) and rural (5311) FTA operating and capital formula grant programs. Similarly, New Freedom no longer exists as a stand-alone program; it has been consolidated with the former Section 5310 program (senior/elder services) into the new Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. DVRPC will continue to maintain a regional plan to prioritize needs and help our planning partners coordinate investments.

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