Job Access and Reverse Commute Program

 

This program continues to be repealed. On October 1, 2013, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program was repealed by Congress under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The JARC Program provided 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 finance planning, capital and operating cost of projects. The Reverse Commute grants 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. Projects meeting these objectives are now eligible for funding under Section 5307 and 5311.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.516
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that previously- funded JARC projects will continue, and new services enabling low-income people access to job opportunites may be funded through Sections 5311 and 5307. Previously- funded JARC projects will continue, and new services enabling low-income people access to job opportunities may be funded through Sections 5311 and 5307.
Fiscal Year 2017 It is anticipated that previously- funded JARC projects will continue, and new services enabling low-income people access to job opportunites may be funded through Sections 5311 and 5307.
Fiscal Year 2019 Although the program has been repealed, a number of grants remain open and are continuing to provide transit service providing connections to jobs for low-income populations.
Authorization
Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient & Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for users (SAFETEA-LU), Title 49, Part 53, Section 5316, Public Law 109-59, 49 U.S.C. 5317,5307, 5311
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage 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. 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The project had to 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 would 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 was located at http://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
An FTA grant award obligating Federal funds is reflected in a grant agreement. To access funds, the recipient must execute the grant agreement.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
49 U.S.C. 5316(f) of SAFETEA-LU states factors that had to be fair and equitable. Proposals had to also meet legal and administrative requirements, available on the FTA web site at http://www.fta.dot.gov. Projects must be derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. Designated recipients of JARC funding must conduct a competitive selection process which must be described in a State Management Plan or Program Management Plan.
How may assistance be used?
The funds were to be used for delivery of services as well as to administer, plan and provide technical assistance for projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: (1) Progress reports; (2) Federal Financial 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.
Auditing
2 CFR 200, Subpart F audit reports are required if the total federal funds from all sources exceeds $750,000.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 80%. The Federal share of eligible capital and planning costs could not exceed 80 percent of the net cost of the activity. The Federal share of the eligible operating cost is 50 percent.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
For three years from the time of allocation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Catalog Appendix for listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.
Headquarters Office
Elan Flippin
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, East Building-Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20590 US
elan.flippin@dot.gov
Phone: (202) 366-3800
Website Address
http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3550.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8350-0-7-401
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - Program has been repealed, but projects are now eligible for funding under Section 5307 and 5311
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$10,890 to $1,293,611. Average: $180,588
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FTA Circular 9050.1, Job Access and Reverse Commute Program Guidelines and Application Instructions, updated May 1, 2007.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Previously-funded JARC projects are anticipated to continue, enabling low-income people to gain access to job opportunities. This program is expired. Job Access and Reverse Commute activities are eligible for funding under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307) and the Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) programs.
Fiscal Year 2017 Previously-funded JARC projects are anticipated to continue, enabling low-income people to gain access to job opportunities.