Section 3009 (i) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) allows for two pilot programs in Oklahoma (Tulsa and Oklahoma City) to use up to 20 percent of Section 5307 urbanized area formula funds during fiscal years 2005 through 2009 to assist with contracted paratransit services.
Under current statute, recipients of Section 5307 are eligible to use up to 10 percent of their annual formula apportionment to fund nonfixed route complementary paratransit services, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Participation in the pilot program requires that the grantees be compliant with the provision requiring non-fixed route paratransit services under 42 U.S.C. 12143 (49 CFR part 37, Subpart F) and that such service provided by the grantee is acquired by contract.
Of the two urbanized areas eligible to participate in the pilot program, only Tulsa, OK (specifically Tulsa Transit) was able to participate in the pilot program. Oklahoma City’s transit operator (Oklahoma City METRO Transit) directly operates its paratransit services and was not eligible to take part in this program. Therefore, the report focuses solely on Tulsa Transit’s efforts to implement the pilot program.
This report was published and transmitted to Congress in November 2009.