FTA Updated Questions and Answers on the Section 5310, JARC, and New Freedom Programs
October 17, 2008
Mass Mailout Number III-2008-50
Subject: FTA Updated Questions and Answers on the Section 5310, JARC, and New Freedom Programs
Dear Transit Colleagues:
FTA would like to inform you that the document containing Questions and Answers on the Section 5310, JARC, and New Freedom programs has been updated. This update is attached and has also been published on the JARC, New Freedom, and Section 5310 web pages (such as http://www.fta.dot.gov/funding/grants/grants_financing_3549.html).
FTA made some updates to the documentís New Freedom information in response to questions that were received during the busy grant-making period of the last few months. The documentís Question 10 addresses the issue of transferring New Freedom program funds and Questions 19 and 20 address questions regarding what activities are eligible under the program.
In particular FTA has received several questions regarding whether the New Freedom funds can be used to fund projects that expand service or start new service. FTAís response to this question is contained in Question 19. As is noted in the response, FTA initially proposed more flexible requirements but was instructed by Congress that eligible activities must be both new and beyond the ADA. FTA had some internal discussion about expressing to Congress some of the concerns about this construction that have been expressed to us, but have not yet made a decision on whether to take this action. In the meantime, FTA hopes that this expanded guidance, as well as the other updated questions, provides greater clarity.
Please feel free to contact from FTA Headquarters in Washington, DC: David Schneider at (202) 493-0175, Henrika Buchanan-Smith at (202) 366-5080, or Bonnie Graves at (202) 366-0944 if you have questions.
Please feel free to distribute this throughout your organization as appropriate.
Letitia A. Thompson