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TRANSIT FUNDING

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is responsible for programming federal transit funds in the North Central Texas region. In addition, NCTCOG is also a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) designated recipient for the six grant programs listed below.

Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. §5307)

 

The Urbanized Area Formula Program provides federal assistance to urbanized areas for financing transit capital and planning projects, job access and reverse commute projects, associated transit improvements, security projects, and certain operating costs. An urbanized area is a designation by the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, given to incorporated areas with population of 50,000 or more.

 

Funds are awarded in a two-step process where the majority of the funds are allocated to traditional public transit providers with a small amount set aside for competitive award to non-profits and non-traditional transit providers to support Job Access/Reverse Commute projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Denton-Lewisville urbanized areas.

 

For more information on Urbanized Area Formula Program funds available for Job Access/Reverse Commute projects, follow this link.

 

To learn about NCTCOG’s Call for Projects, click here.

 

 


Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (49 U.S.C. §5310)

The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program supports projects intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds to programs that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services. Funds are awarded through a tiered process to ensure, at a minimum, the continuance of existing services that meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Remaining funds may be awarded through a competitive Call for Projects and eligible entities include operators of public transportation services (including for-profit entities), non-profit organizations, and state or local governmental authorities.

For more information on the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, follow this link.

To learn about NCTCOG’s Call for Projects, click here.


Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (49 U.S.C. §5316)

 

The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JA/RC) Program was repealed as part of the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Recognizing their importance, MAP-21 made JA/RC type projects eligible for funding under the Urbanized Area Formula Program. Funds continue to be awarded through a competitive Call for Projects and eligible entities include operators of public transportation services (including for-profit entities), non-profit organizations, and state or local governmental authorities. Eligible local projects are those designed to transport low-income individuals to and from employment and employment-related activities, and to develop transportation services for urban or suburban residents to travel to suburban employment opportunities.

 

For more information on the Urbanized Area Formula Program that now funds JA/RC type projects, follow this link.

 

To learn about NCTCOG’s Call for Projects, click here.



New Freedom Program (49 U.S.C. §5317)

 

The New Freedom Program was repealed as a standalone program with the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).  Instead, New Freedom type projects are now eligible for funding under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.


These projects continue to support new public transportation services and new alternative public transportation services that go beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to address the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities. Funds must be awarded through a competitive Call for Projects and eligible entities include operators of public transportation services (including for-profit entities), non-profit organizations, and state or local governmental authorities.

 

For more information on the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program that now funds New Freedom type projects, follow this link.

 

To learn about NCTCOG’s Call for Projects, click here.

 


State of Good Repair Formula Grants Program (49 U.S.C. §5337)

The State of Good Repair Program is dedicated to assisting public transit operators repair and upgrade the nation’s rail transit systems along with high-intensity motor bus systems that use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, including bus rapid transit (BRT). Funding is apportioned on the basis of legislative formula and only state and local government authorities in urbanized areas with fixed guideway public transportation systems operating for at least 7 years are eligible to receive funding.

For more information on the State of Good Repair Formula Grants Program, follow this link.


Bus and Bus Facilities Program (49 U.S.C. §5339)

 

The Bus and Bus Facilities Program provides capital funding to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses and related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities. Public agencies or private nonprofit public transportation operators are eligible recipients.

 

For more information on the Bus and Bus Facilities Program, follow this link.

 

                                                                                  Last Updated February 2017



 

 

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