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     Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

                   Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2007
                  Programs Guide and Application

          Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
     5316 Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and
          5317 New Freedom (NF) Programs
Table of Contents
FFY 2007 JARC and NF Program Overview ………………………………………………………………..2-5
FFY 2007 JARC and NF Program Application ……………………………………………………………6-14
Appendix A: JARC and NF Eligible Projects ………………………………………………………………15-18
Appendix B: Description of Vehicles ………………………………………………………………………19-21
Appendix C: Selection Criteria Guide ……………………………………………………………………..22-26




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FFY 2007 JARC AND NF PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Act, a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) was
enacted in August 2005 and provides funding for Federal surface transportation programs through
FFY2009, including the Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and Section 5317
New Freedom (NF) programs. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) as the designated
recipient is responsible for overseeing and administering the JARC/NF Programs in northeastern
Illinois including the development of an annual Program of Projects (POP). The POP is the document
that the RTA will submit to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) listing the projects selected for
funding in FFY 2007. Once a project is part of the approved POP submitted to the FTA, the FTA will
then be able to process requests for funding from the recipients of the awards.

The northeastern Illinois region includes the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, Will,
and Kendall. Projects in the POP must be competitively selected and derived from the Coordinated
Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) that was adopted by the RTA Board of
Directors in October 2007. The HSTP is available for download at the program website
jarcnf.rtachicago.com.

The total amount of funding available for the 2007 Program is shown below:

Program                Funding Availability
Section 5316 JARC         $3,503,255
Section 5317 NF           $2,154,133
TOTAL                     $5,657,388

For additional information regarding the requirements governing the development of the POP and
the RTA’s management of the 2007 Program, please refer to the RTA’s Program Management Plan
(PMP), available for download at the program website jarcnf.rtachicago.com.

       Technical Assistance and Contact Information
       The RTA will provide technical assistance to prospective applicants to assist them with any
       questions they may have with regard to the 2007 Program and completing the Application.
       Applicants may refer to the program website or contact the RTA directly by phone or email:

       RTA Contact Information:
       Mr. Joseph Voccia
       RTA Special Programs Division
       Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
       Phone:         (312) 913-3241
       Email:         vocciaj@rtachicago.org
       Fax:           (312) 913-3206

       Important Program Dates
       October 2007                    HSTP Adopted by RTA Board
       January 11, 2008                2007 Program Call for Projects
       January 30, 2008                2007 Program Open House
       March 20, 2008                  Applications Due
       June 2008                       RTA Board Action on Proposed 2007 POP




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       Eligible Subrecipients
       Entities eligible to apply and receive funding under the 2007 JARC/NF Program include the
       following:

              Private Non-profit Organizations
              State or Local Government Authorities
              Public Operators of Public Transportation Services
              Private Operators of Public Transportation Services

       Subrecipient Responsibilities and Service Board Contact Information
       In northeastern Illinois, the RTA Service Boards (CTA, Metra, and Pace) are public operators
       of public transportation services and are allowed to apply for and receive grants directly from
       the FTA, including those projects that may be part of the approved 2007 POP. A subrecipient
       other than a Service Board that receives a project award in the 2007 Program will be
       required to enter into a grant agreement with the RTA in order to receive funding and
       implement the project. Therefore, any subrecipient must be able to certify and demonstrate
       the ability to meet numerous federal requirements regarding these programs. Applicants,
       other than a Service Board, must submit a resolution adopted by their governing body
       specifying the applicant has the authority to file an official grant application, showing who
       has the authority to act on behalf of the applicant, and is in support of the application. The
       resolution form is found on page 13 of this application.

       If you are unfamiliar with FTA regulations and have not administered federal funds in the
       past, please contact the RTA so that we may help you determine whether your agency has
       the ability to meet the required terms and conditions. Those applicants that do not have the
       resources to take on the responsibilities of a subrecipient may wish to partner with the
       appropriate Service Board. A successful partnering approach eases the administrative
       burden for those agencies that may not have the resources to meet the federal
       requirements, while allowing the public transit operator and partnering agency to pool their
       expertise to develop a successful project. Prospective applicants may contact the RTA
       Service Boards directly by phone or email:

       CTA Contact Information:
       John Paquet
       Acting Vice President Planning and Development
       Phone:          (312) 681-4200
       Email:          jpaquet@transitchicago.com

       Pace Contact Information:
       Lorraine Snorden
       Manager of Planning Services
       Phone:         (847) 228-4249
       Email:         lorraine.snorden@pacebus.com

       Metra Contact Information:
       Jim Bonistalli
       Director of Marketing
       Phone:         (312) 322-6744
       Email:         jbono@metrarr.com


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       General Project Eligibility
       Operating, capital, and mobility management/planning projects are eligible under both the
       JARC and NF programs. General administrative expenses are not considered as an eligible
       expense.

       For JARC, operating, capital and mobility management/planning expenses are eligible that
       support the development and maintenance of transportation services designed to transport
       low-income individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment and to
       support reverse commute projects.

       For New Freedom, operating, capital and mobility management/planning expenses are
       eligible that support new public transportation services and alternatives beyond those
       required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) designed to assist individuals
       with accessing transportation services, including to and from jobs and employment services.

       For a detailed list of eligible projects, please refer to Appendix A: JARC and NF Eligible
       Projects.

       Matching Requirements
       Projects classified as operating require a 50% local match. Capital and Mobility
       Management/Planning projects require a 20% local match. All of the local match must be
       provided from sources other than Federal DOT funds. Examples of sources of local match
       that may be used include the following:

              State or local appropriations
              Other non-DOT Federal funds
              Dedicated tax revenues
              Private donations
              Revenue from human service contracts
              Net income generated from advertising and concessions

       It is important to note that fare box revenue may not be used as local match. Fare box
       revenue is considered income and is deducted from total operating cost to determine the net
       cost of the activity. A sample calculation to determine local cash match for two projects is
       provided in the example below:

                                                             Operating Projects (50%   All Other Projects (20%
        Steps to Calculate Local Match                        Local Match Required)    Local Match Required)
        1) Start with Total Project Budget:                                $100,000                   $100,000
        2) Deduct Project Income (most likely for
        operating projects where fare box revenue                         ($10,000)                      ($0)
        is collected):
        3) Deducting the revenue or project income                         $90,000                  $100,000
        produces the net project cost:
        4) Multiply the net project cost by the                               x 50%                     x 20%
        required percentage match:
        5) The resultant figure is the amount of local                     $45,000                   $20,000
        match required:




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       The use of a non-cash local match is restricted to volunteer transportation program services,
       physical improvements, and computer work station hardware and software. Restricting the
       use of non-cash match to these select activities is designed to be consistent with the
       overarching goal of developing sustainable projects. Toll Credits will be used as the non-cash
       match for the eligible activities cited above.

       Vehicles
       Vehicle purchases will be limited to mini-vans and light duty paratransit vehicles with lifts as
       defined by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s FY 2007-2008 Paratransit Vehicle
       Catalogue. Non-Service Board subrecipients that are not partnered with a Service Board will
       only be allowed to purchase vehicles through IDOT’s Consolidated Vehicle Procurement
       Program (CVP). For more information on the CVP and descriptions of the vehicles, please
       refer to Appendix B: Description of Vehicles.

       Project Review and Selection
       The criteria and methods for ranking project applications can be found in Appendix C:
       Selection Criteria Guide. The criteria are designed to affirm project eligibility of the submitted
       projects and to gauge the relative strengths of the projects with respect to:

              Consistency with the HSTP
              Project Readiness/Ability to Implement
              Sustainability
              Need
              Efficiency

The Selection Review Committee (SRC) is made up of five staff; one from Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) and two each from RTA and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
(CMAP). The SRC is charged with developing a recommended Program of Projects (POP) by ranking
the projects in accordance with the criteria. Applicants are not restricted from applying for multi-year
funding. However, projects may be limited to one year of funding at the discretion of the SRC. The
SRC may recommend project approval at an amount and scope less than originally requested. In
that instance, consultation will take place with the project sponsor. The SRC may also contact the
applicant if clarification is needed on the content of the application. Upon completion of the review,
the recommended POP will be presented to the RTA Board for approval. Each element of a project
will be evaluated and ranked separately in accordance with the selection criteria; therefore, it is
possible that only some elements of project may be funded.




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FFY 2007 JARC AND NF PROGRAM APPLICATION
All applications must be delivered to the RTA no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 20, 2008. Late
submittals will not be accepted. All applications submitted will be made available for public viewing
on the program website jarcnf.rtachicago.org approximately two weeks after the submittal deadline.
Applications may be submitted to:

                                        Mr. Joseph Voccia
                                    Special Programs Division
                              Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)
                             175 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1550
                                     Chicago, Illinois 60604
                                         (312) 913-3241

If funding is sought from both the JARC and NF programs, separate applications must be submitted.
A project may have multiple elements; however, projects that are independent of one another also
must be submitted as separate applications.

APPLICANT INFORMATION
 Date
 Legal Name of Applicant
 Contact Person
 Street Address
 City / State / Zip Code
 Email
 Phone Number
 Fax Number

Organization Type
   Local Government Authority
   Private Non-Profit Organization (please attach documentation certifying non-profit status)
   Public Operator of Public Transportation Services
   Private Operator of Public Transportation Services

Partnering Organization and Contact Information
 Partnering Organization
 Contact Person
 Title
 Street Address
 City / State / Zip Code
 Email
 Phone Number
 Fax Number

Letters of Support
All letters of support must be submitted with the application. Please indicate the number of letters
of support attached to this application.




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PROJECT INFORMATION

1) Project Title:

2) Provide a brief description of the project. If the project has multiple elements (i.e., operating,
   mobility management, capital), please include a description of how these elements relate to
   each other. For all services, please include anticipated hours of operation by day of week.


3) Describe the geographic boundaries of the project. Applicants must attach a map (8.5 x11)
   depicting the project boundaries.


4) Specify which program your application is seeking funding from. If you are seeking funds from
   both programs, a separate application is required.
      JARC
      New Freedom

5) Specify which elements your project includes (check all that apply). For a detailed list of eligible
   projects, please refer to Appendix A:JARC and NF Eligible Projects. Each element of a project will
   be evaluated separately in accordance with the selection criteria.
       Capital (80% Federal / 20% Local Match)
           Physical Improvements
           Computer Work Station Hardware and Software
           Vehicles
           Other Capital
        Operating (50% Federal / 50% Local Match)
        Mobility Management / Planning (80% Federal / 20% Local Match)

6) Specify the type of project.
      Continuation of an Existing Project
      Expansion of an Existing Project
      New Project
        Note: For the purpose of the New Freedom Program, “new” service is any service or activity that was not
        operational on August 10, 2005, as evidenced by inclusion in the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) or the
        State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). In other words, if not for the New Freedom Program, these
        projects would not have consideration for funding and proposed service enhancements would not be available
        for individuals with disabilities. Recipients or subrecipients may not terminate ADA paratransit enhancement or
        other services funded as of August 10, 2005, in an effort to reintroduce the services as “new” and then receive
        New Freedom funds for those services.

7) In the following table, please provide population data as requested. For assistance in obtaining
   population data, please contact Russell Pietrowiak, Chicago Area Metropolitan Agency for
   Planning (CMAP), at (312) 386-8798 or rpietrowiak@cmap.illinois.gov.
 Program          Population                            Estimated Population in Project Boundaries
 JARC             Low Income (200% of Poverty Level)
 New Freedom Individuals with Disabilities
 JARC and NF      Older Adults (65 and over)
 JARC and NF      Minority Population
 JARC and NF      All Individuals



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8) Does the proposed project meet the needs of older adults in addition to the project’s target
   population(s)? If so, how?


9) As applicable, estimate the number of entry level jobs created or persons with disabilities that
   will be served by the project and provide an explanation as to how the estimate was determined.


10) Explain how this project will utilize or coordinate with existing public and private human service
    agency providers, non-transit entities, and/or private non-profit/for-profit operators.


11) Describe the unmet needs this project is designed to meet and what strategies will be used to
    address those needs. Please refer to Chapters 2 and 3 of the HSTP for assistance. The HSTP
    may be viewed or downloaded at jarcnf.rtachicago.com.


12) Assuming a July 1, 2008 award date, please provide the anticipated start date for your project.


13) How will the project be monitored and evaluated on an ongoing basis? What criteria will be used
    to establish the success of the project?

       Please note that the FTA requires that the following measures be reported on by program:
       JARC
        Actual or estimated number of jobs that can be accessed as a result of geographic or temporal coverage of
         JARC projects implemented in the current reporting year.
        Actual or estimated number of rides (as measured by one-way trips) provided as a result of the JARC projects
         implemented in the current reporting year.

       New Freedom
        Services provided that impact availability of transportation services for individuals with disabilities as a result
         of the New Freedom projects implemented in the current reporting year. Examples include geographic
         coverage, service quality and/or service times.
        Additions or changes to environmental infrastructure (e.g., transportation facilities, side walks, etc),
         technology, vehicles that impact availability of transportation services as a result of the New Freedom projects
         implemented in the current reporting year.
        Actual or estimated number of rides (as measured by one-way trips) provided for individuals with disabilities as
         a result of New Freedom projects implemented in the current reporting year.

14) Does your organization or agency provide similar services to the project you are seeking to fund?


15) Does your organization have experience in administering federal grants?




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Questions 16-23 apply to projects that include an operations element. If your project does not
include an operations element, please skip to question 24.

16) Indicate the proposed operator of the service.
        Applicant will operate service
         Service will be contracted out (if service is contracted out, please explain how an operator
        will be selected or if already known, please identify the operator).


17) If the proposed project is the continuation of an existing project, is the project currently meeting
    its main objectives including serving target population ridership projections?


18) If the proposed project is an expansion of an existing project, explain how the expanded project
    will differ from the current service with respect to service coverage area, hours of service, trip
    purpose, or level of service. For instance, will reservations requirements be less restrictive
    allowing same-day reservations instead of requiring reservations 24 hours in advance?


19) Explain how the project you are seeking funding for differs from other services in the area with
    respect to service coverage area, hours of service, trip purpose, or level of service. For instance,
    will reservations requirements be less restrictive allowing same-day reservations instead of
    requiring reservations 24 hours in advance?


20) Explain what connections the project provides to key destinations and activity centers. Be as
    specific as possible in identifying significant destinations.


21) Explain how this project provides access to other transportation services that go beyond the
    project’s proposed geographic boundary.


22) Please provide the projected ridership and operating funding request in the tables below. All
    figures should be for a twelve-month period.

 Program             Target Population                           Projected Ridership (one-way trips)
 JARC                Low Income (200% of Poverty Level)
 New Freedom         Individuals with Disabilities
 JARC and NF         Older Adults (65 and over)
                     Other
                                                   TOTAL




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 Total Operating Cost (all eligible                                   $
 operating costs)
 Less Project Revenues (Farebox)                                      $(         )
 Net Project Cost                                                     $
 Local Share Requirement                                              $
 (50% of Net Project Cost*)
 Request for Operating Funding                                        $

   * - If Toll Credits are intended for use as local match, please indicate “Toll Credit” as the Local Share Requirement.
   Toll Credits are allowed only for volunteer services. In cases where Toll Credits are used, the Request for Operating
   Funding should equal the Net Project Cost.

   Explain how the ridership and cost estimates were determined. If this project is a continuation of
   a service or an expansion of an existing service, be sure to relate the estimates to actual figures
   based on your operating experience.


23) Please equate the total operating cost either to the equivalent of annual vehicle hours, annual
    mileage or a similar measure that is appropriate for the type of service for which you are seeking
    assistance. As an example, if the total operating cost is $100,000 and the project is a
    subsidized taxi service or a volunteer service, you may wish to express in miles purchased or
    reimbursed. If the cost were $2/mile, then in this example it would be 50,000 miles.


Questions 24-29 apply to projects that include Capital and/or Mobility Management elements. If
your project does not include these elements, please skip to question 30.

24) Please explain for each project element how it impacts the following; coordination with other
    services or projects, the service provided to target populations, and/or access to service and/or
    jobs.


25) For any project element that is expected to reduce the cost per trip for services, please provide
    what that cost reduction is and how it was estimated.




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26) For each capital project element, please provide the appropriate information in the table below:

 Capital Element                                 Estimated Cost            Local Share          Federal Request
 Physical Improvement *                                 $                        $                     $
 Computer Work Station Hardware and                     $                        $                     $
 Software *
 Vehicles **                                                $                     $                      $
 Other Capital                                              $                     $                      $
                             TOTALS                         $                     $                      $
       * - If the item is a physical improvement and/or computer work station hardware and software and Toll Credits
       are to be used, please indicate “Toll Credit” as the Local Share.

       ** - For mini-vans, please use $35,000 as the estimated cost. For light duty paratransit vehicles, please use
       $50,000 as the estimated cost.

27) For each element identified in question #26 (with the exception of vehicles), please explain the
    major items that are included in the estimated cost and how the estimate was derived.


28) For each Mobility Management/Planning project element, please provide the appropriate
    information below:

 Major Activities                                Estimated Cost            Local Share          Federal Request
                                                        $                        $                     $
                                                        $                        $                     $
                                                        $                        $                     $
                                                        $                        $                     $
                                    TOTALS              $                        $                     $

29) For each element identified in question #28, please explain the major items that are included in
    the cost estimate and how the estimate was derived.




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Questions 30-32 apply to all projects.

30) Provide the requested information in the following table for each year you are requesting funds. If you are using Toll Credits as match for an
    allowable activity, please indicate “Toll Credit” in the appropriate box and have the Federal share reflect 100% of the net project cost.
    Transfer the information from questions 22, 26, and 28 as appropriate for the 2007 request. If funding beyond 2007 (12 months) is
    requested, fill out the Year 2 and/or Year 3 portion of the table as appropriate. For Year 2 and/or Year 3, please explain any differentiations
    from the 2007 request directly below. If a request is for less than 12 months for any particular year, please explain accordingly.

                                                          2007 Request                              Year 2 Request                           Year 3 Request
 Eligible Project Activities                    Federal        Local      Total Net       Federal         Local    Total Net       Federal         Local    Total Net
                                                Funding        Match        Cost          Funding         Match      Cost          Funding         Match      Cost
 Operating – 50%   Volunteer Services *     $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
 Match Required    Other Operating **       $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
 Capital – 20%     Physical Improvement *   $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
 Match Required    Computer Work Station    $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
                   Hardware and
                   Software*
                   Vehicles**               $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
                   Other Capital **         $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
 Mobility Management / Planning – 20%       $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
 Match Required **
                                    TOTAL   $              $             $            $               $           $            $               $           $
    * - Toll Credits Allowed
    ** - Cash Match Only

31) Indicate the source of local match for each year that funding is requested. If local match funds are being derived from an existing grant,
    please attach a copy of the grant agreement/contract or supporting documentation.

32) Is there a commitment of funds beyond the requested grant period?                 Yes              No
    If so, please explain the nature of the commitment.




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RESOLUTION

This or a similar resolution is required of all applicants other than Service Boards.

Resolution No.

Project Title

Resolution authorizing applications for and execution of a Job Access Reverse Commute or New Freedom
grant agreement under the Regional Transportation Authority’s general authority to make such Grants.

Whereas, the Regional Transportation Authority (the “Authority”), is authorized make such grants as the
designated recipient of Job Access Reverse Commute and New Freedom programs for northeast Illinois; and

Whereas, the Authority has the power to expend funds for use in connection with Job Access Reverse Commute
or New Freedom projects, and

Whereas, the Authority has the power to make and execute all contracts and other instruments necessary or
convenient to the exercise of its powers, and

Whereas, approval for said funds will impose certain financial obligations upon the recipient.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE [Insert Name of Applicant]:

Section 1. That the [Insert Authorized Official] is authorized to execute and file applications on behalf of [Insert
Name of Applicant] with the Regional Transportation Authority for a Job Access Reverse Commute or New
Freedom grant for [Insert Project Title].

Section 2. That the [Insert Authorized Official] is authorized to furnish such additional information,
assurances, certifications and amendments as the Regional Transportation Authority may require in
connection with this Job Access Reverse Commute or New Freedom grant agreement application.

Section 3. That the [Insert Authorized Official] is authorized and directed on behalf of the [Insert Name of
Applicant] to execute and deliver grant agreements and all subsequent amendments thereto between the
[Insert Name of Applicant] and the Regional Transportation Authority for Job Access Reverse Commute or New
Freedom grant, and the Secretary of the (Name of Applicant) is authorized and directed on behalf of the [Insert
Name of Applicant] to attest said agreements and all subsequent amendments thereto.

Section 4. That the [Insert Authorized Official] is authorized and directed to take such action as is necessary
or appropriate to implement, administer and enforce said agreements and all subsequent amendments
thereto on behalf of the [Insert Name of Applicant].

PRESENTED and ADOPTED the _____________ day of _________________, 20_____


Signature of Authorized Official                     Signature of Attest


Title                                                Title




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APPLICATION SIGNATURE

I certify, to the best of my knowledge, that the information in this application is true and accurate
and that this organization has the necessary fiscal, data collection, and managerial capability to
implement and manage the projects associated with this application. If the applicant is not a Service
Board, this application should be signed by the official specified in Section 1 of the Resolution.


Applicant Agency

Project Title

Name of Signatory

Title of Signatory



Authorized Signature                  Date




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APPENDIX A: JARC AND NF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS
ELIGIBLE SECTION 5316 JOB ACCESS AND REVERSE COMMUTE (JARC) PROJECTS

Eligible projects under JARC may include, but are not limited to:
      late-night and weekend service;
      guaranteed ride home service;
      shuttle service;
      expanding fixed-route mass transit routes;
      demand-responsive van service;
      ridesharing and carpooling activities;
      transit-related aspects of bicycling (such as adding bicycle racks to vehicles to support
         individuals that bicycle a portion of their commute or providing bicycle storage at transit
         stations);
      local car loan programs that assist individuals in purchasing and maintaining vehicles for
         shared rides;
      promotion, through marketing efforts, of the:
          use of transit by workers with nontraditional work schedules;
          use of transit voucher programs by appropriate agencies for welfare recipients and other
             low-income individuals;
          development of employer-provided transportation such as shuttles, ridesharing,
             carpooling; or
          use of transit pass programs and benefits under Section 132 of the Internal Revenue
             Code of 1986.
      supporting the administration and expenses related to voucher programs;1
      acquiring Geographic Information System (GIS) tools;
      implementing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), including customer trip information
         technology;
      integrating automated regional public transit and human service transportation information,
         scheduling and dispatch functions;
      deploying vehicle position-monitoring systems;
      subsidizing the costs associated with adding reverse commute bus, train, carpool van routes
         or service from urbanized areas and nonurbanized areas to suburban work places;
      subsidizing the purchase or lease by a non-profit organization or public agency of a van or
         bus dedicated to shuttling employees from their residences to a suburban workplace;

     supporting new mobility management and coordination programs among public
      transportation providers and other human service agencies providing transportation.
      Mobility management activities may include:2



1 This activity is intended to supplement existing transportation services by expanding the number of providers
available or the number of passengers receiving transportation services. Vouchers can be used as an
administrative mechanism for payment to providers of alternative transportation services. The JARC program
can provide vouchers to low-income individuals to purchase rides, including (1) mileage reimbursement as part
of a volunteer driver program, (2) a taxi trip, or (3) trips provided by a human service agency. Transit passes for
use on fixed-route or Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) complementary paratransit service are not
eligible. Vouchers are treated as an operational expense which requires a 50/50 (Federal/local) match.




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            the promotion, enhancement, and facilitation of access to transportation services,
             including the integration and coordination of services for individuals with disabilities,
             older adults, and low-income individuals;
            support for short-term management activities to plan and implement coordinated
             services;
            the support of state and local coordination policy bodies and councils;
            the operation of transportation brokerages to coordinate providers, funding agencies and
             customers;
            the provision of coordination services, including employer-oriented Transportation
             Management Organizations’ and Human Service Organizations’ customer-oriented travel
             navigator systems and neighborhood travel coordination activities such as coordinating
             individualized travel training and trip planning activities for customers;
            the development and operation of one-stop transportation traveler call centers to
             coordinate transportation information on all travel modes and to manage eligibility
             requirements and arrangements for customers among supporting programs; and
            operational planning for the acquisition of intelligent transportation technologies to help
             plan and operate coordinated systems inclusive of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
             mapping, Global Positioning System technology, coordinated vehicle scheduling,
             dispatching and monitoring technologies as well as technologies to track costs and billing
             in a coordinated system and single smart customer payment systems (acquisition of
             technology is also eligible as a stand alone capital expense).
            otherwise facilitating the provision of public transportation services to suburban
             employment opportunities.

The labor protection provisions of Section 5333(b) apply to the JARC program.


ELIGIBLE SECTION 5317 NEW FREEDOM (NF) PROJECTS

Eligible projects under New Freedom may include, but are not limited to:

    1. New Public Transportation Services Beyond the ADA
        Enhancing paratransit beyond minimum requirements of the ADA. ADA complementary
          paratransit services can be eligible under New Freedom in several ways as long as the
          services provided meet the definition of “new.” Eligible projects may include:
           expansion of paratransit service parameters beyond the ¾-mile required by the ADA;
           expansion of current hours of operation for ADA paratransit services that are beyond
              those provided on the fixed-route services;
           the incremental cost of providing same day service;




2 SAFETEA-LU specified that mobility management expenses are eligible under all FTA grant programs as a
capital cost (e.g., 80 percent Federal participation). Mobility management techniques may enhance
transportation access for populations beyond those served by one agency or organization within a community.
For example, a non-profit agency could receive JARC funding to support the administrative costs of sharing
services it provides to its own clientele with other low-income individuals and coordinate usage of vehicles with
other non-profits, but not the operating costs of the service. Mobility management is intended to build
coordination among existing public transportation providers and other transportation service providers with the
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                  the incremental cost of making door-to-door service available to all eligible ADA
                   paratransit riders, but not as a reasonable modification for individual riders in an
                   otherwise curb-to-curb system;
               enhancement of the level of service by providing escorts or assisting riders through
                   the door of their destination;
               acquisition of vehicles and equipment designed to accommodate mobility aids that
                   exceed the dimensions and weight ratings established for common wheelchairs
                   under the ADA and labor costs of aides to help drivers assist passengers with over-
                   sized wheelchairs;3 and
               installation of additional securement locations in public buses beyond what is
                   required by the ADA.
             Feeder services. New “feeder” service to commuter rail, commuter bus, intercity rail, and
              intercity bus stations, for which complementary paratransit service is not required under
              the ADA.
             Making accessibility improvements to transit and intermodal stations not designated as
              key stations. Improvements for accessibility at existing transportation facilities that are
              not designated as key stations established under 49 CFR 37.47, 37.51, or 37.53, and
              that are not required under 49 CFR 37.43 as part of an alteration or renovation to an
              existing station, so long as the projects are clearly intended to remove barriers that would
              otherwise have remained. New Freedom funds are eligible to be used for new
              accessibility enhancements that remove barriers to individuals with disabilities so they
              may access greater portions of public transportation systems, such as fixed-route bus
              service, commuter rail, light rail and rapid rail. This may include:
               building an accessible path to a bus stop that is currently inaccessible, including curb
                   cuts, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features;
               adding an elevator or ramps, detectable warnings, or other accessibility
                   improvements to a non-key station that are not otherwise required under the ADA;
               improving signage, or wayfinding technology; or
               implementation of other technology improvements that enhance accessibility for
                   people with disabilities including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
             Travel training. New training programs for individual users on awareness, knowledge, and
              skills of public and alternative transportation options available in their communities. This
              includes travel instruction and travel training services.

    2. New Public Transportation Alternatives Beyond the ADA
        Purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, ride sharing, and/or vanpooling
          programs. New Freedom funds can be used to purchase and operate accessible vehicles
          for use in taxi, ridesharing and/or van pool programs. The vehicles must be able to
          accommodate a passenger who uses a “common wheelchair” as defined under 49 CFR
          37.3, at a minimum, while remaining in his/her personal mobility device inside the
          vehicle, and meeting the same requirements for lifts, ramps and securement systems
          specified in 49 CFR part 38, subpart B.
        Supporting the administration and expenses related to new voucher programs for
          transportation services offered by human service providers. This activity is intended to
          support and supplement existing transportation services by expanding the number of
          providers available or the number of passengers receiving transportation services. Only

3
  This concept would permit the acquisition of lifts with a larger capacity, as well as modifications to lifts with a 600
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           new voucher programs or expansion of existing programs are eligible under the New
           Freedom Program. The New Freedom Program can provide vouchers to individuals with
           disabilities to purchase rides, including: (a) mileage reimbursement as part of a volunteer
           driver program; (b) a taxi trip; or (c) trips provided by a human service agency. Transit
           passes for use on existing fixed-route or ADA complementary paratransit service are not
           eligible. Vouchers are an operational expense which requires a 50/50 (federal/local)
           match.
          Supporting new volunteer driver and aide programs. New volunteer driver programs are
           eligible and include support for costs associated with the administration, management of
           driver recruitment, safety, background checks, scheduling, coordination with passengers,
           and other related support functions, mileage reimbursement, and insurance associated
           with volunteer driver programs. The costs of new enhancements to increase capacity of
           existing volunteer driver programs are also eligible. FTA notes that any volunteer
           program supported by New Freedom must meet the requirements of both “new” and
           “beyond the ADA.”
          Supporting new mobility management and coordination programs among public
           transportation providers and other human service agencies providing transportation.
           Mobility management is an eligible capital cost. Mobility management techniques may
           enhance transportation access for populations beyond those served by one agency or
           organization within a community. Mobility management activities may include:
            the promotion, enhancement, and facilitation of access to transportation services,
                including the integration and coordination of services for individuals with disabilities,
                older adults, and low-income individuals;
            support for short term management activities to plan and implement coordinated
                services;
            the support of state and local coordination policy bodies and councils;
            the operation of transportation brokerages to coordinate providers, funding agencies
                and customers;
            the provision of coordination services, including employer-oriented Transportation
                Management Organizations’ and Human Service Organizations’ customer-oriented
                travel navigator systems and neighborhood travel coordination activities such as
                coordinating individualized travel training and trip planning activities for customers;
            the development and operation of one-stop transportation traveler call centers to
                coordinate transportation information on all travel modes and to manage eligibility
                requirements and arrangements for customers among supporting programs; and
            operational planning for the acquisition of intelligent transportation technologies to
                help plan and operate coordinated systems inclusive of Geographic Information
                Systems (GIS) mapping, Global Positioning System Technology, coordinated vehicle
                scheduling, dispatching and monitoring technologies as well as technologies to track
                costs and billing in a coordinated system and single smart customer payment
                systems (acquisition of technology is also eligible as a stand alone capital expense).

The labor protection provisions of Section 5333(b) do not apply to New Freedom Programs funds.




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APPENDIX B: DESCRIPTION OF VEHICLES
CONSOLIDATED VEHICLE PROGRAM

The Illinois Department of Transportation's Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation oversees
the state's Consolidated Vehicle Procurement Program. This program 1) funds vehicles through
various state and federal programs for public and not-for-profit agencies that provide transportation
to the general public or elderly individuals or individuals with disabilities, and 2) does the actual
procurement of the vehicles from writing the vehicles specifications to ensuring the procurement
process meets all applicable state, federal and ADA compliance requirements including in-plant
inspections. The state accomplishes this through multi-year term contracts with vendors. A joint
purchasing provision allows other governmental and not-for-profit agencies to purchase these
vehicles off the state contracts. Excerpts for the vehicle descriptions below are taken from the
Illinois Department of Transportation’s FY 2007-2008 Paratransit Vehicle Catalogue.


MINI-VAN PARATRANSIT VEHICLE

General Description
This vehicle is based upon a standard production mini-van with the floor dropped to permit easy
access for wheelchairs and other mobility aids. Front Passenger seat can be removed to provide
seating for the driver plus two passengers in mobility aid devices. With passenger seats installed,
the vehicle seats up to six ambulatory adults plus the driver. The vehicle is not intended for fixed
route applications and is not fully compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities
Act for fixed route operations. Operators of this vehicle do not require a Commercial Driver’s License
(CDL).

Base Vehicle Configuration
 Wheelchair/Mobility Aid Ramp
 Seated Capacity Standard Vehicle
   o Van OEM quality fabric seating w/6-way power driver’s seat
 Five or Six seated passengers, or two (2) wheelchair/mobility aid securement locations
   o Seat belts for each seated passenger
 Driver and passenger side front seat airbags
 Wheelchair restraint system
 General Specifications
   o Length, Overall: 204 inches
   o Wheel base: 121 inches
   o Width, Overall: 72 inches
   o Height, Overall @ GVWR: 73 inches
 Interior Headroom: 60 inches, minimum
 Ramp Door Height: 57 inches
 Engine
   o Gasoline fueled
   o estimated 18 to 22 MPG,
   o 3.9 liter, 240 hp V6 with electronic fuel injection
 Transmission: Fully automatic 4-speed w/ overdrive and cruise control
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    o Heavy duty battery
    o High output alternator
   Power Steering
   Power Brakes
   Power windows and locks
   Fuel Tank, 22 Gallon
   Climate Control, HVAC, Standard front & rear OEM A/C and heater
   Radio - OEM AM/FM w/CD
   Safety Equipment
    o First aid kit
    o 5 lb. fire extinguisher
    o ICC triangles (Flare Kit)
    o Rear emergency exit
   Tinted Glass
   Vehicle Colors
    o Exterior: Standard OEM white
    o Seats: OEM blue/gray fabric
    o Floor: Black
    o Ceiling: OEM standard
   Warranty
    o Years/ 36,000 miles
    o Years/ 100,000 miles power train
   Vehicle Options
    o None


LIGHT DUTY PARATRANSIT VEHICLE

General Description
This vehicle is constructed on a prepared commercial cutaway van chassis, this vehicle is 21.5 ft. in
length, designed to permit 11 passenger seats, or up to three wheelchair locations with some seats.
Operators of this vehicle do not require a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Base Vehicle Configuration
 Wheelchair/Mobility Aid Lift
 Seated Capacity Standard Vehicle (Transit quality padded vinyl upholstered seats)
 OEM six way power drivers seat
 Eleven (11) seated passengers, configuration to be determined, or three (3) wheelchair/mobility
   aid secured locations w/ 2 passenger seats
 Seat belts for each seated passenger
 Four point wheelchair restraint system
 General Dimensions
   o Length, Overall: 259 inches
   o Wheelbase: 138 inches
   o Width, Overall: 88 inches
   o Height, Overall @ GVWR: 109 inches, with roof hatch closed
   o Aisle Width: 19 inches
   o Interior Headroom: 75 inches


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   Engine - Gasoline fueled, 255 HP 5.4L with block heater, 10 to 12 MPG, estimated
   Transmission - Fully automatic 4 speed with overdrive
   Electrical System
    o Heavy duty dual battery system
    o High output alternator
   Driver operated electric front transit type passenger door
   Power Steering
   Power Brakes
   Fuel Tank, 37 Gallon Minimum
   Rubber Shear Spring Rear Suspension
   Climate Control, HVAC, Front and rear high capacity A/C and heater, Roof ventilator/Emergency
    escape hatch
   Mobile Radio (no provisions for user-provided and installed two-way mobile radio) - AM/FM OEM
    Radio w/CD or Cassette
   Safety Equipment
    o First aid kit
    o 5 lb. fire extinguisher
    o ICC triangles (Flare Kit)
    o Rear emergency exit
   Remote & Electric Heated Side mirrors
   Tinted Glass
   Vehicle Colors
    o Exterior: Standard OEM white
    o Seats: Grey transit vinyl
    o Floor: Black
    o Ceiling: White
   Warranty
    o Years/ 36,000 miles
    o Years/ 100,000 miles power train
   Vehicle Options
    o Rubber shear spring rear suspension
    o Rear help bumper
    o Electrically powered front door
    o Remote operation and electrically heated exterior mirrors




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APPENDIX C: SELECTION CRITERIA GUIDE
The attached series of tables categorize the specific criteria that will be used to assess the
applications in accordance to:
    Eligibility (Table 1)
    Consistency with the HSTP (Table 2)
    Project Readiness/Ability to Implement (Table 3)
    Sustainability (Table 4)
    Need (Table 5)
    Efficiency (Table 6)

The Criteria Guide matches the criteria to those questions in the application that are primarily
designed to elicit information specific to each criterion. The set of evaluation criteria was developed
based on the federal requirements and on the goals set forth in Section 4.3 of the Human Services
Transportation Plan (HSTP).

Each criterion has a point value as shown in the tables. The relative point values among the various
criteria were based on local input, including the input of the HSTP Project Advisory Committee. For
most of these criteria, a project is awarded the full point value or zero. For the remaining criteria
there is a sliding scale of points, depending either on the degree to which a criterion is met or based
on a comparison of the projects or project elements. Each element of a project will be evaluated and
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 TABLE 1:                                                                                                      Relevant     Relevance      Point
 Project Eligibility Screening Criteria                                                                       Application   to Type of   Value of
                                                                                                              Questions       Project     Criteria
 1. Proposed project addresses unmet needs of welfare recipients, eligible low-income persons and               2, 3, 4         All      Eligible /
 other individuals in urbanized areas seeking employment or employment-related activities in suburban           and 7                       Not
 areas (JARC) OR addresses unmet transportation needs of persons with disabilities seeking integration                                    Eligible
 into the workforce and full participation in society (New Freedom).
 2. Project application identifies and addresses an unmet need identified in Human Services                   2 and 11         All       Eligible /
 Transportation Plan (HSTP). This should include (1) a description of the project (2) identification of the                                 Not
 unmet needs (which is/are addressed by the project), (3) how the project will address the unmet                                          Eligible
 need(s), e.g., in terms of serving new riders, a new area, a new day and/or times, a higher frequency,
 less advance notice, more driver assistance, etc.; and (4) an estimated quantification of benefits. Any
 additional obligations, e.g., the provision of ADA complementary paratransit as a result of implementing
 a new fixed bus route in a previously unserved area, should be noted.
 3. Local Match will be supplied.                                                                             30 and 31        All       Eligible /
                                                                                                                                            Not
                                                                                                                                          Eligible
 4. Project is consistent with FTA guidelines on eligible JARC and New Freedom projects and activities.           All          All       Eligible /
                                                                                                                                            Not
                                                                                                                                          Eligible

 TABLE 2:                                                                                                      Relevant     Relevance       Point
 HSTP Consistency Criteria                                                                                    Application   to Type of    Value of
                                                                                                              Questions       Project     Criteria
 5. Project employs one or more strategies that provide:                                                      10 and 11         All      0, 5, 10 or
      Regional service/linkage/coordination = 20 points                                                                                     20
      Multi-county service/linkage/coordination = 10 points
      Multi-municipality (but intra-county) service = 5 points
      No service/linkage/coordination beyond municipality or program = 0 points
 6. Project employs one or more strategies included in the HSTP or otherwise demonstrates innovation.         10 and 11        All        0 or 20
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 8. Project utilizes, or provides access to, non-duplicative public transportation resources. Points will      10, 11,         All        0 or 20
 not be awarded to a proposed project that duplicates an existing service. Points may be awarded if a         19, 20, 21
 proposed project duplicates a portion of the service but otherwise meets a specific unmet need not            and 24
 addressed by the existing service. Points will be awarded for a proposed project that utilizes all or part
 of existing services or provides access to these services, i.e., a shuttle service to a Metra station.
 9. Project utilizes or coordinates with existing public and private human service agency transportation          10           All        0 or 20
 providers; or reflects partnerships with non-transit entities and/or private non-profit / for-profit
 operators.

 TABLE 3:                                                                                                      Relevant     Relevance     Point
 Project Readiness / Ability to Implement Criteria                                                            Application   to Type of   Value of
                                                                                                              Questions       Project    Criteria
 10. Project starts providing services within a short time-frame.                                                 12            All      0, 10 or
     Within 6 months =20 Points                                                                                                            20
     6-12 months=10 Points
     longer than a year=0 Points
 11. Agency and/or agency contractor(s) qualifications and experience (including key personnel)               14, 15 and       All       0, 5 or 10
 demonstrate that they have managed similar projects.                                                             16
     Have experience with similar projects = 5 Points
     Have managed projects funded through federal grants = 5 Points

 TABLE 4:                                                                                                      Relevant     Relevance     Point
 Sustainability Criteria                                                                                      Application   to Type of   Value of
                                                                                                              Questions       Project    Criteria
 12. Project is sustainable past identified project period.                                                   13, 31 and        All      0, 10 or
     Applicant-identified sources have committed to continue their levels of funding and have stated             32                        20
        that their levels of support may increase if project is successful = 10 Points
     Applicant has in place plans to monitor and evaluate project = 10 Points
 13. Project applications include letters of support from key stakeholders                                     Letters         All        0 or 10
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 TABLE 5:                                                                                                 Relevant      Relevance      Point
 Need Criteria                                                                                           Application    to Type of    Value of
                                                                                                         Questions        Project     Criteria
 14. Project provides a new service (1) where or when no other existing similar service is available; and11, 19 and        New        0 or 20
 (2) that links high concentrations of target population with key destinations, activity centers, or key     24          Service
 sector employers (and/or concentrations of employers) where no such link previously was provided and
 at appropriate travel times.
 15. Project expands on an existing successful pilot project or otherwise provides continued operating 11, 17, 18       Existing /    0, 10 or
 funding for a service which is already in operation.                                                       and 24      Expanded         20
       Existing project achieved projected ridership = 20 points                                                        Service
       Ridership has increased (compared to pre-project ridership) or has met other significant
          objectives = 10 points
 16. Severity of need addressed by the project.                                                             10, 11,        All        0, 10 or
       No such service/linkage/coordination currently exists in area = 20 points                          20, 21 and                    20
       Service/linkage/coordination exists but not in time period = 10 points                                 24
       Service/linkage/coordination exists for area/time period but not for specific trip purposes
          and/or specific programs = 10 points
       Service/linkage/coordination exists for area/time period and for most trip purposes/programs,
          but does not accommodate riders requiring high-level of service and/or same-day service = 10
          points
 17. Project promotes likely economic opportunities for persons with disabilities and/or persons with 2, 7, 8, 9,          All        0 or 20
 low income.                                                                                               10, 11 and
                                                                                                               24
 18. Estimated number of entry level/lower wage jobs accessed as a result of the project (JARC) OR 7, 8 and 9              All        Max 20
 persons with disabilities served as a result of the project (New Freedom). Rail, transit (fixed-route and                            (relative
 flex) projects and paratransit projects will be ranked separately. Highest number gets 20 points, next                              ranking by
 highest 18 points, lowest gets 2 points. If more than 10 applications, those ranked lower all get 0                                   service
 points.                                                                                                                                type)
 19. Project also addresses unmet needs of older adults.                                                   7, 8 and 9      All         0 or 20




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 TABLE 6:                                                                                                      Relevant     Relevance       Point
 Efficiency Criteria                                                                                          Application   to Type of    Value of
                                                                                                              Questions       Project      Criteria
 20. Operations cost ranking on service output – measured in cost per vehicle service hour or the             22 and 23     Operating     Max 20
 equivalent. For operational projects only; rail, bus (fixed-route, flex, shuttle) projects and paratransit                               (relative
 projects will be ranked separately. Lowest unit cost gets 20 points, next lowest 18 points, etc. If more                                ranking by
 than 10 applications, those ranked lower all get 0 points.                                                                                service
                                                                                                                                            type)
 21. Ranking of cost efficiency improvements – measured in terms of reduced cost per trip. For non-               25          Non-        Max 20
 operating projects that have a direct impact on operations cost; Rail, transit (fixed-route and flex)                      Operating     (relative
 projects and paratransit projects will be ranked separately. Highest reduction of unit cost gets 20                                     ranking by
 points, next highest 18 points, etc. If more than 10 applications, those ranked lower all get 0 points.                                   service
                                                                                                                                            type)
 22. Operations cost ranking on service consumed – measured in cost per trip. For operational projects            22        Operating     Max 20
 only; rail, bus (fixed-route, flex, shuttle) projects and paratransit projects will be ranked separately.                                (relative
 Lowest unit cost gets 20 points, next lowest 18 points, etc. If more than 10 applications, those ranked                                 ranking by
 lower all get 0 points.                                                                                                                   service
                                                                                                                                            type)
 23. Ranking of other cost/benefits – measured in terms of cost per severity of need addressed, using         11, 20, 21      Non-        Max 20
 point values from Criterion 16. For non-operating projects only; Rail, transit (fixed-route and flex)         and 24       Operating     (relative
 projects and paratransit projects will be ranked separately. Lowest unit cost gets 20 points, next                                      ranking by
 lowest 18 points, etc. If more than 10 applications, those ranked lower all get 0 points.                                                 service
                                                                                                                                            type)




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