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Fiscal Year 2020 Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program Projects

State Project Sponsor Project Description Funding
CA Golden Empire Transit (GET Bus) District Golden Empire Transit (GET Bus) in Bakersfield will receive funding to introduce advanced-technology fueling systems for its bus fleet. Partnering with CALSTART, GET Bus will assess and determine facility upgrades to deploy on-site hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses to improve air quality and extend bus services throughout the region. $160,255
CA City of Fresno The City of Fresno will receive funding to plan, design and conduct environmental analyses for construction of a bus transfer station to serve three of the city's express bus routes, as well as area transit providers serving the county's rural communities, neighboring City of Clovis and the regional national park transit provider. The proposed Fancher Creek Transit Station will improve transit for underserved residents, increasing access to job opportunities and schools in the region. $648,000
CA City of Porterville The City of Porterville in the Central San Joaquin Valley will receive funding to plan for mobility options to connect small urban, rural and impoverished communities to jobs and healthcare. The city is partnering with CALSTART, a nonprofit organization, to manage the planning study, including conducting community outreach and evaluating service options, including an analysis of electrical service and potential for a microgrid system to better power transit. $370,000
CO Colorado Department of Transportation The Colorado Department of Transportation will receive funding on behalf of the Chaffee Shuttle to expand the new Eagle Line in seven rural counties in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado, which has limited resources and a high poverty rate. Using results from a recent community survey, a nonprofit organization, Neighbor to Neighbor, will identify routes and funding options to improve connectivity between Valley communities to jobs and essential services. $171,996
CO Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) The Denver Regional Transportation District will receive funding to conduct a study to determine how transit services could be improved to better serve people in persistent poverty in the Denver Metro area. The study will include a survey targeting people in poverty, experiencing homelessness, and those needing addiction services that will inform an analysis and recommendations on how to improve transit services. $180,000
FL City of Tallahassee The City of Tallahassee will receive funding to conduct a planning and route optimization study for the city's StarMetro system. The study will consider a new transit hub and include community outreach as part of the evaluation to realign bus routes and recommend service changes. The study will also evaluate technology improvements, such as neighborhood circulators and on-demand bus service, to increase mobility options for communities. $400,000
FL Putnam County Putnam County will receive funding to develop a plan for innovative mobility solutions to connect residents in rural areas to jobs and healthcare facilities in the region. The plan will evaluate the viability and safety of adding microtransit service to the transportation network. $75,000
LA New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority will receive funding to support development of bus rapid transit (BRT) in areas of persistent poverty to better connect residents to jobs and services in the city and region. The funds will be used to develop design standards for two proposed BRT corridors originating in downtown New Orleans. $550,000
MA Pioneer Valley Transit Authority The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Springfield will receive funding for a transit review and improvement planning study. The study will provide recommendations for improved transit services and facilities, new routes, modern fare collection systems and integrating low or no-emission buses -- all to reduce travel times and create greater access to jobs for rural residents in western Massachusetts. $680,000
MD Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) The Maryland Department of Transportation's Maryland Transit Administration will receive funding for a community-based planning study of two mobility hubs, including passenger amenities such as shelters, ticket vending machines and real-time signage, along the busy Fayette Street line in Baltimore. The study will build upon community-led efforts that have successfully implemented transit stop enhancements through inclusive transportation planning in collaboration with people with disabilities and older adults. $225,000
MD Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) on behalf of Allegany County The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive funding on behalf of Allegany County to study new transit options in rural western Maryland, including building a transit hub in Cumberland. The county will evaluate transportation services and prepare a marketing plan that best fits its population and seeks to improve reliability and increase ridership through innovative technologies. $121,500
MI City of Detroit The City of Detroit will receive funding to improve access to food, transit services and healthcare facilities by identifying gaps in the transportation network in underserved communities. The study will include a comprehensive survey to understand mobility challenges from the community perspective and assess potential partners for implementation. $750,000
MS The South Central Community Action Agency The South Central Community Action Agency near Jackson will receive funding to test the feasibility of an integrated electronic fare payment system for riders of eight partner agencies in rural Mississippi. The system will provide a universal payment card for unbanked riders to pay fares via cash, mobile device or web, including subsidies, to travel anywhere in the partner areas covering 9,000 square miles. $624,496
NC North Carolina Department of Transportation The North Carolina Department of Transportation will receive funding to work with two transit systems near Boone in rural eastern North Carolina to plan to deploy zero-emission buses. The plans will provide the basis for other rural agencies in the state to draft transition plans for new-technology buses, allowing them to benefit from economic benefits, such as lower fuel and maintenance costs. $122,048
NC City of Greensboro The City of Greensboro will receive funding to plan to provide free broadband Internet access in low-income areas using transit and transportation infrastructure. The plan will study the capacity for transit shelters and street lights to extend access to free high-speed Internet, particularly important during the COVID-19 public health emergency, when 7,000 local students currently lack online access. $234,000
NM New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) The New Mexico Department of Transportation will receive funding to conduct a study to coordinate transit service and improve mobility from rural areas and tribal reservations to jobs and healthcare facilities in Albuquerque. The study will assess the need for a transfer facility and fare coordination to accommodate multiple transit providers, including Greyhound, to enhance ease of travel for transit riders. $210,000
NV Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada will receive funding to study potential microtransit routes targeting low-income areas in Clark County, Nevada, to improve access to jobs, community services and healthy food. The study will evaluate new transit routes or modifications to existing service to better serve neighborhoods with deficiencies in community planning and capital investment. $125,000
OH Metro Regional Transit Authority The Metro Regional Transit Authority in Summit County, Ohio, will receive funding to study the potential economic impact of transit-oriented development on underutilized, publicly-owned or vacant property to leverage existing transit investment and create job and housing opportunities in areas of persistent poverty. Metro will partner with the City of Akron to support the study. $450,000
OH Hocking Athens Perry Community Action Hocking Athens Perry Community Action will receive funding for a study to improve access to health care and other essential services in rural and low-income areas in Athens County. The project will explore options for expanding Athens Public Transit's service area and improving scheduling efficiency for better coordination between transit operators. The agency will partner with CALSTART, a nonprofit organization, to assess scheduling software and analyze fare payment options. $122,891
OR Metro Regional Government (Metro) The Metro Regional Government (Metro) in Portland, Oregon, will receive funding for studies to advance transit project development on the Tualatin Valley Highway Corridor. Metro will partner with Washington County and TriMet to facilitate engagement with historically disadvantaged communities in the corridor and develop a strategy to minimize and mitigate displacement in high poverty areas. $850,000
PA Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will receive funding to plan and design a comprehensive upgrade of transportation infrastructure on the Grays Avenue Corridor, which provides critical transportation connections from one of Philadelphia's poorest communities to Center City jobs, healthcare and other services. The project will redesign SEPTA trolley stations to improve accessibility and add safety features such as improved pedestrian crosswalks and traffic controls. $495,000
SC Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) The Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority will receive funding for a planning study to improve connections for rural residents to a planned transit center in North Charleston and support the agency's deployment of zero-emission battery electric buses programmed for service over the next four years. The plan will include a route optimization study, power analysis, zero emissions road map, and fleet replacement and expansion. $270,000
TN Tennessee Department of Transportation The Tennessee Department of Transportation will receive funding for a planning study to implement coordinated Statewide Job Access Reverse Commute transit service, which will facilitate critical employment and job training access into and from persistent poverty areas, as well as encourage regional economic health. TNDOT will engage residents to create a program that meets community needs and proposes innovative service delivery and program structure. $270,000
TN Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority will receive funding to conduct extensive community outreach and engineering for the proposed North Nashville Transit Center. The transit center will expand affordable mobility options for transit dependent residents and provide access to a broader range of opportunities like jobs, training, education, and health care. $180,000
TX City of El Paso The City of El Paso will receive funding for a feasibility assessment and alternatives analysis for a unified regional fare structure and payment system to best meet the needs of the region and enhance mobility for people in low-income areas. The assessment will consider options for integrating fare payment for El Paso's two public transit providers, Sun Metro and El Paso County Transit, to enhance ease of travel for public transit users. $175,200

Total Funds:
$8,460,386

Last updated: Wednesday, October 7, 2020