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Funding and Financing

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Resources to Get You Started

Center for Transportation Excellence. A website with resources related to public transportation initiatives and ballot measures.

Foundation Center. National clearinghouse of foundations, including their mission, grant procedures, and previous recipients

Thinking Outside the Farebox: Creative Approaches to Financing Transit Projects. A guidebook designed to help community leaders get from Point A—the desire to meet the demand for transit—to Point B—raising the money needed to build and operate it. (T4 America, 2012).

Promising Practices

Sharing the Costs of Human Services Transportation. Provides a comprehensive analysis of issues and effective solutions for identifying and sharing the cost of providing transportation services for access to community-based human services programs. (Transit Cooperative Research Program, Report No. 144, 2011).

The Case of Tennessee Vans: A Social Business Model to Develop and Finance Community Mobility Resources  Presents information on an approach in which public funds are used to initially purchase vans. The vans are then either sold at affordable prices and terms to human service agencies and other groups providing transportation for their service population or used in vanpools. Revenue from both these programs is then recycled into purchasing additional vehicles available at other agencies or as replacements for vanpool vehicles. (Community Transportation Magazine, 2013).

Funding and Financing for Specific Populations

Weaving It Together: A Tapestry of Transportation Funding for Older Adults. This report the major sources of federal funding for older adult transportation and presents seven case studies of local providers from around the country to illustrate how they combine federal, state, and local funding to put quality service on the street. This report also provides examples of how local and state coordination efforts can expand the reach of services funded. (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2013).

Federal Funding Information

Americans with Disabilities Act Guidance (FTA C 4710.1). (UPDATED) This circular provides guidance to recipients and sub-recipients of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) financial assistance necessary to carry out provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s implementing regulations at 49 CFR Parts 27, 37, 38, and 39. (Federal Transit Administration, Nov. 4, 2015).

Cost-Sharing for FTA Grantees. This brief is written for mobility managers as they collaborate with human service agencies in their community to provided coordinated transportation services. In these types of discussions, questions often arise about whether funds from human service agencies can be used to help match Federal Transit Administration funds. This brief reviews existing guidance on this issue. (National Center for Mobility Management 2016).

Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities Under the Affordable Care Act. This brief explains how states can use untapped funding options under the Affordable Care Act to expand services for targeted low-income populations with mobility needs. It also presents two case studies illustrating how the Atlanta region and the state of Connecticut are making this work. Listen to the podcast introducing the research findings. (AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015).