Job Access_Reverse Commute

To provide grants to local governments, nonprofit organizations, and designated recipients of Federal transit funding to develop transportation services to connect welfare recipients and low- income persons to employment and support services.

Job Access grants will be to finance planning, capital
and operating cost of projects.

The Reverse Commute grants will assist in funding the costs associated with adding reverse commute bus, train, carpool or service from urban areas, urban, rural and other suburban locations to suburban work places.
Related Programs


Examples of Funded Projects

Projects funded include Extended service hours, new demand, responsive service, fixed route extensions, emergency childcare transportation, guaranteed ride home programs, additional bus lines; mobility management projects.


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Catalog Appendix for listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.


Program Accomplishments

Job Access and reverse Commute services in 45 States and the District of Columbia have been funded through more than 450 grants and grant amendments. JARC services in Fiscal Year 2006 proviided access to approximately 43.4 million jobs, including 21.2 million low-wage jobs and provided approximately 22.9 million one-way trips.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds are to be used for delivery of services as well as to administer, plan and provide technical.

assistane for projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local government agencies, nonprofit agencies, and transit providers.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Low income individuals; individuals traveling to suburban work places.

Credentials/Documentation

The applications submitted were derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan and developed through a process that included representatives of public, private and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and participation by the public.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants must coordinate with: the State or local agencies that administer the State program funded under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act, public housing agencies, the community to be served, and other stakeholders.

The program is covered under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

The project must be a product of the local coordinated public transit human services coordinated plan, competitively selected by the area's recipient, and included in the State Transportation Improvement Program prior to grant award. Recipients will submit applications electronically to the appropriate FTA regional office. The FTA regional offices are listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Recipients will then distribute funding directly to the subrecipients. After the recipient has competitively selected projects to be funded, the recipient may officially request that FTA allow subrecipients that are eligible to apply directly to FTA for Section 5307 funds be allowed to apply directly to FTA for JARC funds awarded. Notification of the grant program may also be found at http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement.

Deadlines

The JARC Program is a formula program. This information is published in the Annual Apportionment Federal Register. Funds are normally available for three years. Applications can be submitted throughout the year.

Authorization

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient & Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for users (SAFETEA-LU), Title 49, Chapter 53, Section 5316, 49 U.S.C 5317.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

In the past Fiscal years, FTA approved JARC grants on an average of 42 days following submission of a complete application.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Grants may be amended to add additional funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

An 80 percent cost share for capital projects, and a 50 percent match for operating projects is required. Certain other Federal funds may be use for this match, such as the Department of Health and Hman Services temporary assistance to needy families. the Department of Labor Welfare-to-work, and the Federal Highway's State Planning and Research funds. Sixty percent funding shall be distributed among designated recipients in urbanized areas with a population of 200,000 or more in the ratio that the number of eligible low-income individuals and welfare recipients in each such urbanized area bears to the number of eligible low-income individuals and welfare recipients in all such urbanized areas. Twenty percent of the funds shall be distributed among the States in the ratio that the number of eligible low-income individuals and welfare recipients in urbanized areas with a population of less than 200,000 in each State bear to the number of eligible low-income individuals and welfare recipients in urbanized areas with a population of less than 200, 000 in all States. Twenty percent of the funds shall be distributed among the States in the ratio that the number of eligible low-income individuals and welfare recipients in other than urbanized areas in each State bears to the number of eligible low-income individuals and welfare recipients in other than urbanized areas in all States.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally 1 year. Can be up to 4 years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

(1) Progress reports; (2) Financial status reports, submitted quarterly for recipients in urbanized areas over 200,000 population, and annually for other recipients and states; (3) Detailed annual reports of project results for program evaluation purposes.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of State and Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities (including universities) that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year with certain exceptions as stated in OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final expenditure report, pending resolution of audit findings, all grant products, financial records, and supporting documents.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1125-0-1-401; 69-8350-0-7-401.

Obigations

FY 07 $59,714,258; FY 08 est $238,961,230; and FY 09 est $283,102,480.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$23,550 to $1,500,000. Average: $356,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FTA Circular 9050.1, Job Access and Reverse Commute Program Guidelines and Application Instructions, updated May 1, 2007.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Catalog Appendix for listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Office of Program Managemnet, Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, East Building-Fourth FloorWashington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202) 366- 2053 . David Schneider telephone (202)493-0175..

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

49 U.S.C. 5316(f) of SAFETEA-LU states factors that must be fair and equitable. Proposals must also meet legal and administrative requirements, available on the FTA web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov.



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