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New Freedom

FTA Section 5317

Program description

The federal New Freedom Program supports new public transportation services and public transportation alternatives that go beyond those required by the Americans with Disablities Act of 1990.

SAFETEA-LU, the transportation legislation passed in 2005, requires that Federal Transit Administration funds for New Freedom projects be distributed in the Kansas City metro area through a competitive selection process that is consistent with the region's Coordinated Public Transit–Human Services Transportation Plan. The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority is the designated recipient for New Freedom funds in the region and must approve recommended projects as well as administer the funding.

Eligible applicants

  • private, nonprofit organizations
  • state or local government agencies
  • public transportation operators (including private operators)

Applicants please be aware that MARC is implementing 0.5% local match policy for all selected JARC and New Freedom projects. More information regarding this policy can be found below.

Eligible funding uses

New Freedom funds are available for operating expenses that support new transportation services and public transportation alternatives that go beyond those required by the Americans with Disablities Act of 1990. New Freedom is a cost-reimbursement program that requires 50 percent local matching funds.

Programming Schedule

DATE ACTIVITY

Wednesday,
Jan. 30, 2013

Public notice and call for projects.

Wednesday, 
Feb. 13, 2013

Pre-application workshop.
Wednesday,
March 20, 2013
Project submittal deadline; staff review begins.

Wednesday,
April 17, 2013

Project presentations and ranking by Special Transportation–Job Access Partnership.

Wednesday,
May 21, 2013
Construct a funding recommendation to submit to TTPC for approval and authorization to include in the next TIP amendment, with a recommendation to the MARC and KCATA boards of directors for concurrence.
May 2013

TTPC authorizes the release of a TIP amendment for public review and comment (14 days). KCATA enters preliminary information into the federal grant administration system.

June 2013 MARC Board accepts the amendment to the TIP and sends to federal agencies for approval.
July 2013 Pending federal approval of the TIP amendment, KCATA executes the final grant application.
Aug. 2013 Initiate projects.

AVAILABLE 2012 FUNDING: $463,368

Consult Section I of the Competitive Selection Booklet for a description of estimated FFY 2012 funding.


Submitted applications 2013

2013 Staff Review Worksheet (pdf)