Job Access and Reverse Commute (5316) Program
Public transit in Nevada ranges from modern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Urban Areas to Para transit buses providing service to the elderly and disabled located in remote locations.
Larger transit systems, operated under the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), can be found in Urbanized Areas of Nevada such as Las Vegas, Reno/Sparks, Carson City, and Lake Tahoe. Outside of the Urbanized Areas, many Nevada residents depend on rural transit systems for connection to the Urbanized Areas as well as maintaining their quality of life. Buses in rural Nevada provide more than 1 million rides and travel over 5 million miles per year.
The NDOT Transit Section is responsible for helping in the creation and continuation of these services by administering the following Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grants on an annual basis for the Job Access and Reverse Commute (5316) program.
Services include general fixed route public transit, demand response Para transit services, intercity bus services, and daily rides for the elderly and disabled. NDOT also provides Planning Funds to the MPOs for the betterment of transit services statewide.
FTA program specific information and eligibility requirements:
- 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute
The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program was established to address the unique transportation challenges faced by welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. Many new entry-level jobs are located in suburban areas, and low-income individuals have difficulty accessing these jobs from their inner city, urban, or rural neighborhoods. In addition, many entry level-jobs require working late at night or on weekends when conventional transit services are either reduced or non-existent. Finally, many employment related-trips are complex and involve multiple destinations including reaching childcare facilities or other services.
Eligibility Requirements: Eligible sub-recipients are private non-profit organizations, State or local governments, and operators of public transportation services including private operators of public transportation services.
Eligible Activities: Capital planning and operating expenses for projects that transport low income individuals to and from jobs and activities related to employment, and for reverse commute projects including Vanpool projects
State Management Plan for the 5316 Program
FTA Circular: Job Access and Reverse Commute Program