JARC & New Freedom

Coordinated Human Services Mobility – Hampton Roads


In August 2005, President Bush signed the “Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users” (SAFETEA‐LU, Public Law 109‐59). In addition to reauthorizing traditional federal funding for surface transportation programs and projects, the statute identified three funding programs under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that would require “projects selected (to be) derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit‐human services transportation plan.” These fund sources include:

  • Section 5316 – Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) formula grants
  • Section 5317 – New Freedom program
  • Section 5310 – Formula grants for special needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities. Note: section 5310 funds are administered by the State through DRPT.

The selection of any projects to be funded from these sources must be on a competitive basis, even if an agency has previously received funding under such programs. Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) is the Designated Recipient of JARC and New Freedom funds for the Virginia Beach Urbanized Area. In April 2008, the TDCHR adopted the Hampton Roads Area Public Transit — Human Services Transportation Coordinated Plan (Coordinated Plan). Approximately 60 public agencies and private organizations participated throughout the development of the Plan. Key strategies and types of projects are identified for the Hampton Roads area and are found in the Coordinated Plan.

Since FY2006, Hampton Roads Transit has been apportioned more than $4.8 million dollars in JARC funding and more than $2.7 million in New Freedom funds. HRT has approved 26 Human Services Coordinated related projects including capital, operating, planning and mobility management projects thru six (6) funding cycles.

Hampton Roads Transit will be announcing the schedule for the next cycle of the Coordinated Human Services project applications and proposals for JARC and New Freedom funds. We anticipate Cycle Eight being the final cycle for projects. Access to the Application Information page can be found by clicking on the link Application Package .

For Cycle Eight grant funding, Hampton Roads Transit will have the following funds available for application/proposals submittals for regionally approved Coordinated and Mobility projects:

FTA Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) $96,291.00
FTA Section 5317 New Freedom $165,618.00
TOTAL $261,909.00

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If you have any questions, please contact Carla Brown, DBE Program Manager/Mobility Coordinator, at 757‐222‐6000, x6257 or cbrown@hrtransit.org.