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Appendix A: An Inventory of Federal Funding for Coordinated Transit and Human Services Transportation

The federal government invests billions of dollars every year in services that provide transportation to the general public, or to clientele of various federally supported medical, workforce, education, or other social services programs. This has been documented through reports and analyses conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), Easter Seals, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Information Center, and others ever since a comprehensive examination of this topic by GAO in 1977 identified 114 Federal programs that provided financial assistance for transportation. In this report, GAO observed that these programs operated with no documented statutory or regulatory restrictions to the coordination of transportation resources, and found there was “confusion at all government levels about the extent of transportation coordination federally funded projects may engage in.” At that time, GAO recommended that Congress “reduce this confusion by endorsing transportation coordination."

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