Job Access and Reverse Commute Program

On October 1, 2013, the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program was repealed by Congress under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).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.
Related Programs


Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: 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.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - None.

See Catalog Appendix for listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds were to be used for delivery of services as well as to administer, plan and provide technical assistance for projects.

Eligibility Requirements

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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.

Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

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.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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

Grants may be amended to add additional funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 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. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

For three years from the time of allocation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

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.

SF - 425.

(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.

SF - 425.

(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.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-1125-0-1-401; 69-8350-0-7-401.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None. See Catalog Appendix for listing of Federal Transit Administration regional offices.

Headquarters Office

Marianne Stock 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, East Building-Fourth Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2677

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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