The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), Modal Programs Bureau, is now accepting Applications for funding consideration through the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides funding for transit related services that assist the state’s population of seniors & individuals with disabilities.
The following organizations are eligible to submit an application for the Section 5310 program:

  1. Private nonprofit organizations
  2. Governmental agencies that provide certifications to ALDOT that transit services furnished by nonprofit organizations are not readily available in the area
  3. Governmental agencies approved by the ALDOT to coordinate transit services for seniors and individuals with disabilities

Federal funds administered through ALDOT are only extended to agencies providing transit services in the small urban and rural areas of the State. Available federal funds for the Section 5310 program are expected to total $1,110,047 for small urban areas and $1,620,681 for the rural areas. A local match of 20% is required for this capital program.

Completed grant applications must be submitted to the appropriate regional planning council in the respective geographic areas of the state in which Section 5310 transportation services are proposed. 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 Section 5310 transportation services are proposed is 5:00 P.M. on August 14, 2014. Applications received after the established deadline will be returned. Postmarked submissions will not be accepted.

The application package provides specific eligibility requirements, match requirements, and eligible activities. The application and state management plan can be found here. The current Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan covering DeKalb, Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Marshall Counties in TARCOG region can be found at the bottom of this page.

TARCOG is pleased to announce the availability of funds for Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom projects. These funds are being made available from the Federal Transit Administration for transit related services that assist targeted population groups.

The JARC program provides grants to communities for the purpose of filling gaps in employment transportation. The JARC program authorizes two kinds of grants: Job Access grants (designed to develop new transportation services for low-income workers and/or filling in gaps in existing services) and Reverse Commute projects (designed to provide transportation to suburban jobs from urban, rural and other suburban locations).

The New Freedom Program supports new public transportation services and public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that assist individuals with disabilities with their transportation needs, including transportation to and from jobs and employment support services. It supports integration of people with disabilities into the work force and full participation in society through a reduction of barriers to transportation services.

This Call for Projects extends to any transit provider within the Huntsville Metropolitan Planning Organization Study Area, including all of Madison County and the eastern portion of Limestone County. Available funds are expected to total $117,689 for JARC projects and $69,567 for New Freedom projects.

The application package, as well as details concerning specific requirements and allowable activities can be found in the Program Management Plan maintained by the Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments. A copy of the Call for Projects along with the fillable JARC and New Freedom Application can be obtained by clicking the link below:

Applications are now being accepted for both of these programs and must be received by 2:00 pm, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. All applicants are strongly advised to submit proposed budget and project description to TARCOG by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.