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Do the drug and alcohol rules apply to pilot programs that do not use any FTA funds?

No. The FTA has determined that if a public transit agency is subsidizing first mile/last mile service, offering same day ADA paratransit service, or other service as a pilot program (for up to one year) and there are no FTA funds in either the vehicles or the operations of the service, then the drug and alcohol rules do not apply, even if the public transit agency is contracting with only one ridesourcing or one taxicab company.  If the transit agency continues to subsidize the service beyond one year, the transit agency must either expand its list of providers such that the taxicab exception applies, or incorporate the drivers of the ridesourcing company into the drug and alcohol programs.

Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017
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