The TPB has a more involved role with human service transportation coordination efforts to improve transportation for low-income populations, persons with disabilities and older adults.
The TPB is the designated recipient of two Federal Transit Administration funding programs in the Washington DC-VA-MD Urbanized Area: the Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC) and the New Freedom program. JARC funds transportation services that improve access to job-sites for low-income commuters and the New Freedom program funds new transportation services for persons with disabilities that go above and beyond what is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The TPB established the Human Service Transportation Coordination Task Force to oversee the development of a Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan that was adopted by the TPB in April 2007 and updated in December 2009. The Coordinated Plan sets funding priorities for the JARC and New Freedom Programs. The preparation of the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan was coordinated and is consistent with the CLRP. The TPB conducts an annual solicitation for JARC and New Freedom projects from approximately January to April each year. Over the past six years, 59 projects were funded totaling approximately $21 million. More details are available on the solicitation website.