CALL FOR PROJECTS FOR FUNDING TRANSIT SERVICES FOR FY 2015

The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), Modal Programs Bureau is now accepting Applications for funding consideration through the Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program and the Section 5317 New Freedom (NF) Program. These Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs provide funding for transit related services that assist the state’s population of low income and disabled individuals.

The following organizations are eligible to apply for the Sections 5316 & 5317 programs:

  1. Private nonprofit organizations
  2. State or local governmental bodies; and
  3. Operators of public transportation services, including private operators of public transportation services.

Federal funds administered through ALDOT are only extended to organizations providing transit services in the small urban and rural areas of the State.

Available federal funds for the Section 5316 JARC program are expected to total $1,792,092

for small urban areas and $1,251,841 for the rural areas. Available federal funds for the Section 5317 NF program are expected to total $898,303 for small urban areas and $640,484 for the rural areas.

A 50% local match is required for operating funds and a 20% local match is required for capital and planning funds.

The selection process will be based on the following criteria: statement of need and organizational capacity; project budget and cost effectiveness; coordination and program outreach; implementation plan; and customer service and accessibility. Projects funded through these programs must be derived from a locally regional coordinated transportation plan.

The application package provides specific eligibility requirements, match requirements, and eligible activities. The application and state management plan can be found at http://www.dot.state.al.us/moweb/transit.htm.

Completed grant applications must be submitted to the appropriate Regional Planning Council in the respective geographic areas of the state in which Sections 5316 and/or 5317 transportation services are proposed. Each Regional Planning Council must review grant applications to ensure compliance with federal coordination requirements prior to formal submission to ALDOT. Only those grant applications submitted for funding consideration by the Regional Planning Councils will be considered for funding. The deadline for submissions to the appropriate regional planning council in the respective geographic areas of the state in which Sections 5316 and/or 5317 transportation services are proposed is 5:00 P.M. on May 16, 2014. Applications received after the established deadline will be returned.  Postmarked submissions will not be accepted.

After applications are reviewed, prioritized, and approved by ALDOT, applications will be submitted to the FTA Region IV office for funding consideration.

For questions or comments concerning the grant application or if the information is needed in another language contact:  Sharon Coats, ALDOT, Modal Programs Bureau, 1100 John Overton Drive, Montgomery, AL  36110; (334) 353-6443 or coatss@dot.state.al.us.

All proposed budgets must be emailed to ALDOT no later than April 18, 2014.

ALDOT does not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, or national origin.

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