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The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program, administered by the Federal Transit Administration, provides grants to communities for the purpose of filling gaps in employment transportation. The primary beneficiaries of this program are low-income families and families coming off of Welfare assistance who otherwise would have a difficult time getting to jobs and related services, such as child care and training.

The program was begun in 1999 and was continued under Section 5316 of the federal transportation legislation, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), passed by Congress in 2005.

The JARC program actually authorizes two kinds of grants: Job Access grants (aimed at developing new transportation services for low-income workers and/or filling in gaps in existing services) and Reverse Commute projects (intended to provide transportation to suburban jobs from urban, rural and other suburban locations - but not necessarily just for low-income people).

Grantees are required to provide a 50% match for operating and a 20% match for capital projects.

Announcements

  • JARC Current Fiscal Year (2011) Apportionment
    FTA Fiscal Year Apportionments and Allocations made available under the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extension Act includes approximately $ 3 billion as published in the Federal Register, February 8, 2011.
  • Connecting People to Employment and Enhancing Mobility for People with Disabilities: An Evaluation of Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom Program Services Provided in 2007 and 2008, Final Report
    Federal Transit Administration, November, 2009
    Provides information about the number of jobs accessed and the number of rides provided by JARC and New Freedom Services (PDF). Also available are profiles of JARC programs (PDF) for the same period.
  • FTA Announces Remainder of JARC and New Freedom Formula Funding Apportionments and Allocations for FY 2009. Funds are now available to states and urbanized areas: Total available funds for JARC are $164,500,000. The reapportioned funds total $18,603.175, making the total apportioned $183,103,175. Additional information is available on the Federal Transit Administration website
  • Additional Funding Proposed For JARC: On Sept. 10, 2008, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.) introduced a bill, S. 3466, which would authorize an additional $100 million per year for the FTA's Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) formula grant program over the next five years. This money would stem from the rescission of unused federal highway funds from long-ago appropriations. In addition to the extra funding, this bill would allow for an increase in the federal share for JARC operating costs to 80 percent, call for streamlined reporting requirements, expand technical assistance, and examine other opportunities for improvement in the JARC program. No legislative action is anticipated.

    To review a copy of the bill, visit: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:S.3466:
  • On October 31, 2006, the Federal Transit Administration published a Federal Register notice concerning policy guidelines for its Section 5316 (Job Access and Reverse Commute) program, as well as the Section 5310 (elderly and disabilities) and 5317 (New Freedom) programs. View the notice http://www.ctaa.org/ntrc/fta1031.pdf (PDF) (48.0 KB) and the Section 5316 circular (PDF)(429 KB).

Contacts

  • Carolyn Jeskey
    CTAA
    202.415.9659
    800.891.0590 x724
  • FTA Office of Program Management
    202.366-4020

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