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NJ Transit to spend $47M for community services

Posted on July 12, 2012

The NJ Transit board of directors authorized the expenditure of approximately $47 million in federal and state funds to implement local transportation programs for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), providing critical transportation for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, the economically-disadvantaged and rural residents.

Each of the programs extends or complements existing NJ Transit services. The programs include:

•    The Jobs Access and Reverse Commute and New Freedom Programs, which provide operating and capital assistance for public transportation services identified in Human Services Coordinated Community Transportation Plans developed by each of the 21 counties.

•    The State's Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program.

•    A federal program to purchase vehicles and related equipment for private, non-profit agencies and designated public entities.

•    A federal program to provide capital, administrative and operating assistance for public transportation services in small urban and rural areas of New Jersey.

•    The Federal Rural Transit Assistance Program, which provides training and technical assistance for small transit operators.
NJ Transit partners with all 21 New Jersey counties to fund local public transportation programs.

The NJ Transit board of directors approved the following programs for FY13:

•    $22.63 million to operate the state-funded Senior Citizen and Disabled Resident Transportation Assistance Program.

•    $4.74 million for Section 5310 programs, which provide federal funds for the purchase of vehicles and related equipment by private, non-profit agencies and designated public entities.

•    $5.06 million for Section 5311 programs, which provide federal funds for capital, administrative and operating assistance for public transportation services in small urban and rural areas of New Jersey.

•    $99,090 in federal funding for the Rural Transit Assistance Program, which provides training and technical assistance for small transit operators receiving Section 5310 and 5311 funding.

•    $4.94 million for the Jobs Access and Reverse Commute Program, a part of the New Jersey's initiative under which counties provide public transportation services to help residents obtain convenient transportation to employment opportunities.

•    $3 million for the New Freedom Program, which provides operating assistance, capital assistance and mobility management planning for transit services that address the needs of persons with disabilities gaining access to employment.

•    $7.6 million in other funds passed through to subrecipients.

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