Regional Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Grant Program
The Regional Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Grant Program is one of the three Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) implementation programs directed by the Fresno COG Policy Board during the 2014 RTP/SCS adoption process. The grant-specific objective is to encourage local and regional multimodal transportation and land-use planning that furthers the region’s RTP/SCS, contributes to the State’s GHG reduction targets and other State goals, including but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the 2017 RTP Guidelines, addresses the needs of disadvantaged communities, and also assists in achieving the Caltrans Mission and Grant Program Overarching Objectives.
Cycle 1 (FY 17/18) and Cycle 2 (FY 18/19) projects for the Regional Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Grant Program were selected through a scoring committee and approved by the Fresno COG Policy Board. The available funding for each cycle was $155,278, provided by Senate Bill (SB) 1 – The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB1 is a transportation funding bill which provides a reliable source of funds through the Caltrans planning grant program. This grant funding is intended to support and implement Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS) (where applicable) and to ultimately achieve the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050, respectively.
Fresno COG received a total of seven applications requesting over $640,000 in funding, four applications for Cycle 1 and three applications for Cycle 2.
Cycle 3 (FY 19/20) will begin in late February-early March. Please visit the Fresno COG website for updates on Cycle 3 of the Sustainable Infrastructure Planning Grants programs.
If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Soliz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-233-4148 ext 223.
FTA Section 5310 Elderly and Disabled Specialized Transit Program
FTA Section 5310 – 2017 Application Released for the Fresno/Clovis Urbanized Area
As the Designated Recipient for the Fresno/Clovis Urbanized Area, Fresno COG released an application for funding in the Fresno/Clovis Urbanized Area on January 9, 2017. Approximately $921,555 will be available for Traditional Capital projects and approximately $102,395 for Other Capital and Operating projects for a total of $1,023,950. Section 5310 Fresno/Clovis Urbanized Area 2017 application can be found here: 2017 FTA Grant Section 5310 Application
Deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Arnest at email@example.com or 559-724-9218.
FTA Section 5310 – 2017 Application Released for the Small Urban and Rural Areas of Fresno County
Caltrans is the Designated Recipient of Section 5310 Program funds for the Small Urban and Rural Areas of California and released an application for funding on January 9, 2017. Deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Approximately $20 million is available for funding statewide. See the Program Fact Sheet and Timeline here: Calltrans5310FactSheet2017.pdf
Caltrans provided workshops for applicants January 9 – 13, 2017. See the flyer here: Caltrans_Flyer.pdf
Fresno County Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan
FTA Section 5316 Jobs Access Reverse Commute Grant Program (JARC)
The JARC program was authorized under SAFETEA-LU, which expired on September 30, 2012. This program has been repealed under MAP-21. However, SAFETEA-LU provisions still apply to funds made available in FY 2012 and prior fiscal years. Fresno COG will continue to administer previously awarded JARC projects. Under MAP-21, JARC-type projects can be funded through either FTA Section 5307 (urban) or 5311 (rural).
The JARC program goal is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals and to transport residents of urbanized areas and non-urbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities. Toward this goal, FTA provides financial assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the transportation needs of eligible low-income individuals in all areas. Another goal is to implement coordination of Federally assisted programs and services in order to make the most efficient use of federal resources.
Rural and Small Urban – Administered by Caltrans
FTA Section 5317 New Freedom Program
The New Freedom program was authorized under SAFETEA-LU, which expired on September 30, 2012. This program has been repealed under MAP-21. However, SAFETEA-LU provisions still apply to funds made available in FY 2012 and prior fiscal years. Fresno COG will continue to administer previously awarded New Freedom projects. Under MAP-21, New Freedom-type projects can be funded through FTA Section 5310.
The New Freedom program goal is to provide new public transportation services to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the workforce and full participation into society. Lack of adequate transportation is a primary barrier to work for individuals with disabilities. New Freedom also seeks to expand the transportation mobility options available to person with disabilities beyond requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101, et seq.). The definition of “new service” is any service or activity that was not implemented or operational before August 10, 2005.