Program Goal: The primary goal of the Ohio Coordination Program is to fund local and regional mobility managers -- professionals who work to enhance and expand transportation options at both a community and a personal level. According to the Partnership for Mobility Management:
Mobility management is innovation in transportation service and coordination.
Mobility management is local and regional solutions to fit community needs and visions.
Mobility management is assisting transportation-challenged populations -- youth, people with disabilities, older people and people with low incomes -- to get where they need to go so they can live fruitful lives in their communities.
Mobility management is easy information and referral to assist individuals in learning about and accessing community and regional transportation services.
Mobility management is a shared table of transportation providers, planners, and community stakeholders to collaborate, plan, implement and maintain a family of transportation services.
Mobility management does not include driving, scheduling, or dispatching, or directly supervising the staff that fulfill these roles.
Funding Source: Mobility management activities are eligible for funding through may federal transit programs, including, but not limited to, Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310), Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC), and New Freedom.
Program Details: All projects must be derived from a coordinated transportation plan and be competitively selected. All projects must demonstrate some level of interagency coordination in their local area to be eligible for funding. All projects must designate a lead agency to house a full time Mobility Manager and to execute memorandums of understanding with all participating agencies. Eligible project expenses are limited to that of the Mobility Manager (e.g., salary and fringes, utilities, office supplies, postage, travel, marketing of the coordination project). Program funding is intended to reimburse the applicant based on actual expenses for the Mobility Manager and his or her coordination activities. Mobility Management is considered a capital expense and 80% of the direct cost of the Mobility Manager is reimbursable.
Who Can Apply? Any public entity applying on behalf of a countywide or regional mobility management project within its boundaries or a private nonprofit organization designated by a Board of County Commissioners as the applicant.
Proposal Deadline for CY 2014 Funding: Project proposals must be postmarked and emailed no later than May 7, 2014 to be considered for CY 2015 funding.