On October 29, during the USDOT Access and Mobility for All Summit, Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for this new program, which seeks to improve mobility options through strategies to enhance mobility and access to community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with low incomes. The $3.5-million program will fund projects that enable transportation connections to jobs, education and health services.
Eligible applicants are designated or direct recipients of 5307, 5310, or 5311 FTA program funds. Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by FTA.
This funding opportunity seeks to improve mobility options through employing innovative coordination of transportation strategies and building partnerships to enhance mobility and access to vital community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people of low income. As required by federal transit law, funds will be awarded competitively to finance innovative capital projects for the transportation disadvantaged that will improve the coordination of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services.
Some examples include - employing mobility management strategies, vehicle purchase, IT purchase, leasing equipment or a facility for use in public transportation etc.
Section 3006(b) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. 114-94, Dec. 4, 2015) authorizes FTA to award grants for innovative coordinated access and mobility projects for the transportation disadvantaged population that improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation services.
Grant awardees will have up to 18 months from the time of the award to complete the project. Within the first year, projects must be able to demonstrate impacts related to the expected outcome as described in the application.
Funds under the Mobility for All Pilot Program may be used for capital projects that are derived from Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plans.
There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount; however, FTA intends to fund as many meritorious projects as possible. FTA will only consider proposals from eligible recipients for eligible activities. Due to funding limitations, projects selected for funding may receive less than the amount originally requested. In those cases, applicants must be able to demonstrate that the proposed projects are still viable and can be completed with the amount awarded.
The maximum federal share of project costs under is 80 percent. The applicant provides a local share of at least 20 percent of the total project cost and must document the source of the local match in the grant application.
Eligible local-match sources include the following:
- cash from non-government sources other than revenues from providing public transportation services
- revenues derived from the sale of advertising and concessions
- revenues generated from value capture financing mechanisms
- funds from an undistributed cash surplus
- replacement or depreciation cash fund or reserve
- new capital
- in-kind contributions
- transportation development credits for local match
Project proposals must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern Monday, January 6, 2020.