Published February, 14 2012

INDYGO ANNOUNCES CALL FOR PROJECTS - OPENS FEBRUARY 28, 2012
Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom Transportation Grant Opportunities

INDIANAPOLIS (February 14, 2012) -- IndyGo will be hosting a meeting on Tuesday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m. in the IndyGo Board Room to announce available Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for transportation projects serving low income individuals and individuals with disabilities. Funding sources include Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom Transportation grant programs. This meeting will take place at the IndyGo Administrative Offices, located at 1501 West Washington Street. The facility is accessible via Route 8 and free parking is available.

IndyGo was selected by the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2007 to be the designated recipient of certain FTA funding for the Indianapolis urban area. This area consists of Marion County and portions of the surrounding counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, and Hendricks. As the designated recipient, IndyGo is responsible for all grant administration (including the grant application process, application evaluation and grant awards, grant contract administration and closeout). Grant applications will be made available at the Call for Projects meeting on February 28.

The Programs

The JARC program provides funding for transportation targeted for low income individuals to access jobs or job related services. The New Freedom program provides funding for transportation alternatives targeted for persons with disabilities that extend beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Applicants eligible to receive JARC and New Freedom funding include:
• public and private operators of public transportation
• authorized units of local government
• private not-for-profit organizations

All projects submitted for grant consideration must have been derived from the Indianapolis area coordinated transportation plan. This plan and other pertinent information can be found on the IndyGo website through the following link: http://www.indygo.net/pages/grants

As these are federal grant funds, there is a local match requirement of 20% for “capital” projects and 50% for “operating” projects. Grant applicants must be able to secure and provide matching resources to be eligible to receive funding.

2011 Grant Awards

A number of local organizations have been successful in receiving JARC and New Freedom grant awards over the past year including:

• ACCESS Johnson County Public Transit
• BOSMA Enterprises Inc.
• Central Indiana Council on Aging (CICOA)
• Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority (CIRTA)
• Exodus Refugee Immigration Center (Marion County
• Families First Inc.
• Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo)

“Accessing these federal transportation funds presents a great opportunity for organizations and agencies seeking to address job access challenges for individuals in the Indianapolis region” says Michael Terry, IndyGo President and CEO. “The funding provides opportunities for collaborations with employers and service providers to create greater access to employment and employee prospects, particularly outside of Marion County and areas that are not currently served by public transit.”

For additional information contact Roscoe Brown, IndyGo Director of Coordinated Transportation Programs at (317) 614-9318 or Rbrown@indygo.net.

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