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Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Coordination Plan For San Bernardino County

Federal rules require that projects receiving FTA funding for service for the elderly and disabled, the Job Access and Reverse Commute program, and the New Freedom program must have a "public transit-human service transportation coordination plan.

Introduction

The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) requires that projects receiving funds from either Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities), FTA Section 5316 (Job Access and Reverse Commute), or FTA Section 5317 (New Freedom)1 be derived from a public transit-human service transportation coordination plan (hereinafter referred to as the coordination plan) beginning in FY 2007.

FTA Section 5310 provides capital assistance for the purchase of vehicles and associated equipment by non-profit agencies for the provision of transportation to elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities for whom mass transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate. Under certain circumstances public agencies may receive these funds where it is demonstrated that there are no non-profit organizations readily available to provide the specialized service. The Section 5310 is apportioned to the State of California which conducts an annual competitive application process through the Department of Transportation and project awards are granted by the California Transportation Commission.

The FTA Section 5316 and 5317 are apportioned as follows: 60% to large urban areas (over 200,000 population), 20% to small urban areas (between 50,000 and 200,000) and 20% to rural areas (less that 50,000 population). FTA Section 5316 funds must be used for projects that relate to the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to transport welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment. Section 5317 must be used for projects for new public transportation services or enhancing paratransit beyond the minimum requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The coordination plan has been developed in such a manner that allows for projects to be selected based on how these three program funds will be made available. Specific chapters have been developed by sub-area in order to give consideration to the very unique areas that comprise a County of 20,000 square miles and a population of 1.99 million.