This web page provides information on FTA Human Services Transportation funding programs as well as the Formula Grants for Other than Urbanized Areas Program (Rural and Small Urban Public Transportation). Agencies seeking to apply for grants should work directly with their regional HSTP Coordinator. The information presented is directed towards agencies operating within downstate rural and small urban areas where IDOT's Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation has oversight, but the specific grant information is relevant for all potential applicants.
Changes to Human Service Transportation Programs Under MAP-21: The JARC and New Freedom Programs were funded under SAFETEA-LU, which expired on Sept. 30, 2012. Under MAP-21, funding for projects to address the mobility needs of disabled persons beyond ADA services has been incorporated into the Section 5310 Program. Funding for mobility managment and job-access projects for low-income individuals has been incorporated into the Section 5307 and Section 5311 Programs.
Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities:
Section 5310 is a capital program that provides private nonprofit groups with funding to assist and improve transportation services for the eldery and disabled. Under MAP-21 the 5310 Program was expanded beyond capital funding to include operational funding for projects serving the needs of disabled persons beyond ADA services (previously funded by New Freedom).Section 5310 Program Brochure
Section 5310 Grant Administration and Project Eligibility Review Guidelines
Section 5311: The Formula Grants for Other than Urbanized Areas (5311) provides supporting grants for public transportation in rural and small urban areas with population less than 50,000. These transportation services provide access to shopping, employment, medical services and social activities in areas where population densities are not sufficient to support traditional public transit. Eligible recipients for 5311 funding include state and local governments, non-profit organizations (including Indian tribes and groups), and public transit operators. Job-accesstransportation previously funded under the JARC program will be incorporated into Section 5311 and Section 5307 Programs.
The ICCT Clearinghouse and Technical Assistance: In the state of Illinois, IDOT's Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation requires that all counties seeking 5311 Federal funding for new public transit services complete Steps One through Step Three of the technical assistance process established by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Transportation (ICCT). The Rural Transit Assistance Center (RTAC) serves as the clearinghouse for the ICCT.
The ICCT Clearinghouse process clarifies and provides support for completing the necessary steps in creating a successful public transportation system and ensures that recipients will be prepared to manage their grants and operate public transportation services in a manner that supports and is consistent with coordinated regional and state transportation plans. Entities seeking to create new Section 5311 services or seeking to annex to existing services should contact both the ICCT Clearinghouse and their local HSTP Coordinator to begin the process.
JARC: The goal of the JARC Program was to improve access to job sites and employment-related activities for people who are transitioning from welfare to work or for others with limited incomes. JARC projects addressed the needs of entry-level workers facing reverse and off-peak commutes that may not correspond to available traditional transit services, and provided access to support services such as job training and child care. JARC eligible recipients included local governmental authorities and agencies and non-profit entities.
New Freedom: The New Freedom Program provided funding for transportation programs and services that go above and beyond what is required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). New Freedom projects increase mobility for the disabled, providing access to employment and social activities that may not be accessible through traditional ADA services. New Freedom eligible recipients included private non-profit organizations, State or local governments, and operators of public transportation services including private operators of public transportation services.