Metro is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Federal Section 5310, Section 5316, and Section 5317 Programs for eligible projects that best achieve program goals and meet program requirements as detailed in the FY 2017 Solicitation for Proposals & Application Package . The solicitation is a competitive selection process that will result in the award of available federal grants apportioned by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to eligible agencies through Metro. Approved awards will be authorized by way of fully executed Funding Agreement by/between successful applicant and Metro.
The following summarizes the FTA grant programs that provided the funding made available as pass-through grants through this solicitation:
- Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) . The Section 5310 Program provides operating and capital assistance to eligible private non-profit organizations, and/or State or local government authorities under specific conditions, for public transportation projects that: i) are planned, designed and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable; ii) exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and/or iii) improve access to fixed route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit, and for alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities. Total grant funding available is up to $9,692,287 for eligible applicants and projects.
- Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program (Section 5316) . The Section 5316 Program provides operating and capital assistance to eligible private nonprofit organizations, State or local governmental authorities, and/or operators of public transportation under specific conditions for projects that improve access to employment-related transportation services for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals, and/or transport residents of urbanized and rural areas to suburban employment opportunities. Total FY17 grant funding available is up to $8,013,181 for eligible applicants and projects
- New Freedom Program (Section 5317) . The Section 5317 Program provides operating and capital assistance to eligible private nonprofit organizations, State or local governmental authorities, and/or operators of public transportation under specific conditions for new public transportation services beyond those required by the ADA and/or new public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the ADA, designed to assist individuals with disabilities with accessing transportation services. Total grant funding available is up to $665,306 for eligible applicants and projects.