JARC & New Freedom Reporting Update #2
December 19, 2008
Mass Mailout Number III-2008-58
Subject: JARC & New Freedom Reporting Update #2
Dear Transit Colleague
This is the second in a series of updates on the upcoming FY 2007 and FY 2008 data reporting for the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom (NF) Programs. The first update was included in Mass Mailout Number III-2008-50 dated October 17, 2008.
The previous update summarized the required reporting elements for each JARC or NF supported service. This update provides more detail about the reporting process.
FTA has developed a service matrix structure to provide a relatively simple way to categorize JARC- and NF-funded services for reporting purposes. Separate matrices will be available for JARC- and NF-funded services, but they will have the same structure.
In each matrix, the rows include three basic categories: (I) trip-based services, (II) information-based services, and (III) capital investment projects. Each category includes a list of eligible service types (e.g., fixed route, mobility manager, vanpool vehicles). The matrix columns reflect five primary service goals:
(A) Expanded geographic coverage
(B) Extended hours or days of service
(C) Improved system capacity
(D) Improved access or improved connections
(E) Improved customer knowledge
For each combination of service type and primary goal, particular data elements are required. Grantees will be required to report certain elements for all services, such as a profile of the service. Specific questions will also be tailored to the service provided (see below). Certain combinations of service type and primary goal were left blank when the particular goal did not apply to the service type (e.g., expanded geographic coverage for Internet-based information).
For example, a JARC grantee funding a fixed route service (Service Type I.1) with a primary goal of expanded geographic coverage (Goal A) would be asked to report the number of one-way trips provided during the year. A mobility manager (Service Type II.1) with a primary goal of improved access/connections (Goal D) would be asked to report the number of customer contacts. If the mobility manager was also responsible for overseeing or providing trips, a second measure of the number of one-way trips would also be reported. As another example, a NF grantee adding an elevator (Service Type III.6a) with a goal of improved access/connections (Goal D) would be asked to report the number of units provided (in this case, elevators).
FTA will continue to keep you informed of our progress through periodic emails and online updates. FTA will have a 10-day testing period in January 2009. Testers will be asked to enter data on their services into the JARC/New Freedom online reporting system. The JARC/NF evaluation team will work closely with testers to address any technical or documentation concerns. Once the testing period has concluded, we will open up the reporting system to general use.
Please feel free to distribute this throughout your organization as appropriate.
Letitia A. Thompson