Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 61. Determine the Degree To Which JARC And New Freedom Activities are Being Continued or Initiated Under Map-21

Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), neither Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC) (former Section 5316) nor New Freedom (former Section 5317) funds are not provided as stand-alone programs, as they previously were under SAFETEA-LU. The separate Section 5316 and Section 5317 set-asides that were created, and subsequently distributed for different- size urbanized and non-urbanized areas under SAFETEA-LU was eliminated. JARC activities are eligible for Section 5307 or Section 5311 formula funds, for urban or rural grantees respectively. New Freedom activities are eligible under Section 5310 which is apportioned to state departments of transportation (DOTs) for rural and small urban areas and individual UZAs for large urbanized areas. Since a specified amount of federal funding is no longer provided for JARC or New Freedom activities, it is uncertain whether these activities will continue to be funded, as although they continue to be eligible for federal funding, the source of funding available can also be used for a number of other important operating and capital needs. The objective of this research is to determine the extent to which JARC and New Freedom activities continue under the new MAP-21 funding arrangements. It is proposed that research be conducted to determine: (a) How much federal Section 5307 funding was approved in large and small urbanized areas in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2013/14 specifically for new or continued JARC projects; (b) How much Section 5311 funding was approved in non-urbanized areas in FFY 2013/14 specifically for new or continued JARC activities in FFY 2013/14; and (c) How much federal Section 5310 funding was approved in FFY 2013/14 in large and small urbanized areas and rural areas specifically for new or continued New Freedom projects. Compare the results for the amount of Section 5316 JARC and Section 5317 funding that was approved for large and small urbanized areas and non-urbanized areas by large urbanized areas (UZA) and by state and for the nation as a whole, in FFY 2012/13 under Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for UserS (SAFETEA-LU) with MAP-21 in FFY 2013/14. This research will involve collecting as much of the needed data from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) records and then supplementing with data collected via surveys of State DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and transit agencies that serve large UZA. Prior to conducting any surveys the researcher should collaborate with the researcher that will be conducting research for Task 62. Under Task 62, the researchers will likely be surveying the full range of program stakeholders/customers for the MAP-21 Section 5310 program to gain information about their implementation decisions to date, including the results/success of those decisions and which they would recommend as best practices as well as their perceptions - pre- and post-MAP 21 - with regard to program management practices and program effectiveness. The researchers for Tasks 61 and 62 should determine if there are benefits to coordinating the surveying if some of the same agencies will be asked for information about their implementation decisions for Section 5310 (Task 62) and the funding allocations that have been made under Section 5310 (this task). This research is meant to build on research previously funded by National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 20-65, specifically combined Tasks 58 and 59. The researcher should obtain all available information from the prior project. The result of this task will be a report that provides the results for each large UZA and for each state (for small urban and rural areas of the state) and for the nation as a whole that details out and summarizes the use of federal funds to support JARC and New Freedom activities under SAFETEA-LU in FFY12/13 and MAP-21 in FFY 13/14. Results will be provided in the form of tables and charts with supporting narrative which summarizes the data.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $50000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Start Date: 20150310
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39201

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01556644
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2015 1:01AM