Eleven Agencies Selected for Annual Federal Transit Administration Funding

ARC Media Release

(ATLANTA – February 7, 2012) — The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded more than $3.3 million in federal funding to 11 recipients that operate transportation programs or transit routes that serve individuals who do not drive because of age, disability  or because they cannot afford a car.

The funding is part of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and Section 5317 New Freedom grant programs and is distributed annually. Government agencies, transportation providers and nonprofit organizations use the grants to fund capital expenses and operating costs that involve reverse commuting, travel vouchers and other programs that benefit low-income earners, disabled persons and/or older adults who use transit or other transportation alternatives for trips related to employment, healthcare, basic necessities and quality of life.

“Our regional transportation programs and transit routes provide a vital service to our residents, especially those who have no alternative means of travel,” said Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta and Chairman of ARC’s Regional Transit Committee.  “This latest round of federal funding enables these recipients to provide vouchers, commuter opportunities and other programs so everyday tasks can become less expensive and less complicated.  I applaud ARC and the FTA for providing this critical funding and addressing the needs of so many people in the region.”

ARC and MARTA are the federally designated recipients of JARC and New Freedom funding in the Atlanta area. Because MARTA also applies for the competitive grants, ARC manages the selection of local recipients and the amounts received. Agencies in metro Atlanta received $1,790,075* in JARC funding and $1,525,832.50* in New Freedom funding.

The JARC recipients are:

  • Cobb County Department of Transportation:
    • JARC route number 30 – $600,000
    • Contact: Laraine Vance, (770) 528-1650
  • MARTA:
    • JARC route numbers 19, 84, 89, 111, 117, 124, 143 and 189 – $1,190,075
    • Contact: Cathy Gesick, (404) 848-5123

The New Freedom recipients are:

  • Cobb County:
    • Cobb County Disabled Persons Voucher Program – $527,850
    • Contact: Laraine Vance, (770) 528-1650
  • DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department
    • DeKalb Transportation Augmentation Provided for Elderly and Disabled (TAPED); Mobility Manager; Travel Training – $218,557
    • Contact: Karl Williams, (770) 322-2955
  • Fayette Senior Services:
    • Transportation Voucher Program for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities – $113,842
    • Contact: Debbie Britt, (770) 461-0813
  • Gwinnett County Senior Services:
    • Project Get in GEER (Gwinnett Enabled Elderly Ridership) Mobility Management; Vouchers and Transportation Program for Older Adults with Disabilities or Low Income – $182,916
    • Contact: Pat Baker, (770) 822-8832
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
    • Transportation for the Georgia NORC Initiative; Transportation and Voucher Program for Disabled Older Adults – $85,217
    • Contact: Deborah Akstein Zisholtz, (404) 870-1624
  • Marcus Jewish Community Center:
    • Expanded Transportation Options and Voucher Program for Persons with Disabilities, Older Adults and Adult Daycare Participants – $146,249
    • Contact: Barbara Vahaba, (678) 812-4142
  • Senior Services North Fulton
    • Transportation Voucher Program for Older Adults with Disabilities – $41,985
    • Contact: Carrie Bellware, (770) 993-1906
  • Rockdale County Recreation and Senior Services
    • Expanded Transportation Options and Transportation Voucher Program for Persons with Disabilities, Older Adults and Adult Daycare Participants – $19,950
    • Contact: Jackie Lunsford, (770) 278-7268

*The amounts above reflect only the federal amount awarded and do not include the required local match or the overall project costs. Total amounts will be shown in the Atlanta region’s FY 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

For More Information Contact:

Jim Jaquish

(404) 463-3194

Cell: (404) 323-5634

jjaquish@atlantaregional.com

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