New Freedom Policy, Guidance, and Procedures

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On May 1, 2007,Circular 9045.1, the New Freedom Program Guidance and Application Instruction went into effect. This circular contains guidance on the administration of the New Freedom program under 49 U.S.C. 5317and guidance for the preparation of grant applications.

Click the links below to view the New Freedom statuatory language at 49 U.S.C. 5317, FTA's New Freedom circular and Federal Register notices issued by FTA that invited the public to provide input on the circular's provisions, issued interim guidance, and responded to comments received.

  • 49 U.S.C 5317 is available as a PDF document (see pages 168-175 of attached document) and a Word document. 
  • FTA Circular 9045.1 is available as a PDF document and a Word document.
  • The following Federal Register Notices are also available:   March 29, 2007 Federal Register Notice: "Elderly Individuals and Individuals With Disabilities, Job Access and Reverse Commute, and New Freedom Programs: Final Circulars." Available as a PDF document and a Word document.
  • Additional Federal Register Notices on the JARC  program are available at 

Questions and Answers on the Section 5310, JARC and New Freedom Programs (Updated April 29, 2009)