Of the funds made available under this program, 60 percent are allocated for eligible projects in urbanized areas with populations of 200,000 and above, 20 percent to urbanized areas with populations under 200,000, and the remaining 20 percent to non-urbanized areas. The program has a 50 percent Federal share.
FY 1999 Job Access / Reverse Commute applications underwent a competitive grant selection process. Several factors are considered: (1) percentage of the population in the service area that are welfare recipients, (2) the need for additional service in the area, (3) coordination with existing local transit providers and State administrators, (4) maximum utilization of existing transportation service providers and expanded transit networks or hours of service, (5) innovation, (6) identification of long-term financing and fit into regional transportation plan, (7) demonstration of community involvement, and (8) (for Rev. Comm.) need for reverse commute service.
In FY 1999, 189 projects totaling $70.9 million were evaluated by a ONE DOT multi-modal team and approved by the FTA Administrator. Of these, 37 grants, some of which contained multiple projects, were obligated to 37 grantees. The total amount obligated was $14,103,181.