Name of Program: Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program, as authorized by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and codified in 49 U.S.C. 5316.
Program Goal and Brief Description: FTA’s Job Access and Reverse Commute Program provides grants for competitively selected projects to improve access to transportation services to employment, job training and support activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals. The program requires coordination of federally assisted programs and services in order to make the most efficient use of available resources. Capital and operating projects are eligible. Federal funds can be used for up to 50% of the net project cost for operating projects. Capital projects are eligible to be reimbursed for 80% of the total project cost. The remaining funds must come from local sources or eligible non-US Department of Transportation sources funding.
Who Can Apply? State and local governments, non-profit organizations and local transportation providers. ODOT accepts proposals for projects serving anywhere in Ohio except the urbanized areas of at least 200,000 people: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Youngstown. Proposals for projects serving one of these urbanized areas must be submitted to the Designated Recipient of JARC funds in that area (see below). ODOT is the Designated Recipient for urbanized areas with fewer than 200,000 people and nonurbanized areas. Each Designated Recipient runs its own project solicitation process.
Program Requirements: Projects selected for funding must be derived from locally developed coordinated public transit-human services transportation plans. The federal share of eligible capital costs may not exceed 80% of the net capital costs of the project. The federal share of the eligible operating costs may not exceed 50% of the net operating cost of the activity. All of the local share must be provided from sources other than federal DOT funds. Selected projects must be programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and grantees must certify that they will comply with all FTA Civil Rights, environmental, reporting and other requirements.
Projects serving nonurbanized areas and urbanized areas with fewer than 200,000 people: Project proposals must be postmarked and emailed no later than May 7, 2014 to be considered for CY 2015 funding.