Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC)
The Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program was established to address the unique transportation challenges faced by low-income people seeking to obtain and maintain employment. These challenges include job locations in suburban areas not easily accessed from low-income 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.
JARC provides funding for 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.
The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization staff leased three new vehicles to Arc Gateway. The non-profit agency provides more than 1,250 rides per week in Escambia and South Santa Rosa Counties for 207 people with developmental disabilities. One commuter and two wheelchair-accessible vans were needed to safely transport clients with disabilities from their homes to job training programs at Arc Gateway and to job sites in the service area. Clients also attend additional adult enrichment (nutrition, exercise, art, daily living skills) classes. The vehicles were purchased through the Federal Transit Administration Job Access/Reverse Commute (JARC) funding program.
The New Freedom grant program aims to provide additional tools to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the work force and full participation in society. Lack of adequate transportation is a primary barrier to work for individuals with disabilities. The New Freedom grant program seeks to reduce barriers to transportation services and expand the transportation mobility options available to people with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization purchased three wheelchair accessible minivans through the New Freedom Program for use as taxicabs in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The TPO completed a competitive application process and Tucker Transportation Company, doing business as Yellow Cab and Blue Angel Wheelchair Taxi, was awarded Federal Transit Administration New Freedom Program funding to provide transportation, beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.