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Applications Due Nov. 18 for FTA Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning
Posted October 4, 2019 - Updated October 10, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced the availability of $19.2 million in funding to support comprehensive planning that improves access to public transit. The competitive grant funds are provided through FTA’s Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning. A Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is posted on the FTA website and appears in the September 18, 2019 Federal Register. The Pilot Program for TOD Planning funds comprehensive planning to encourage ridership, transit access, and economic and mixed-use development near public transportation projects. Applicants must be an FTA grantee – either a project sponsor of an eligible transit project or an entity with land use planning authority in the project corridor. The application period will close on November 18, 2019. FTA will host a webinar from 2-3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 30, for potential applicants and other stakeholders interested in this program. The webinar will provide an overview of the program, describe eligible applicants and projects, and offer an opportunity to ask questions.
VA Solicits Applications for Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas by Oct. 31.
Posted October 4, 2019
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs invites applications for Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas. Eligible applicants are VA-accredited Veterans Service Organizations and State Veteran Entities that are not current grantees. The closing date for applications is Oct 31, 2019. Highly Rural Transportation Grants (HRTG) is a grant-based program that helps Veterans in highly rural areas travel to VA or VA-authorized health care facilities. This program provides grant funding to Veteran Service Organizations and State Veterans Service Agencies to provide transportation services in eligible counties. HRTG funds transportation programs in counties with fewer than seven people per square mile. There is no cost to participate in the program for Veterans who live in an area where HRTG is available. Additional information on the program can be found on the HRTG web page.
Volunteer Transportation News in Tennessee
Posted August 27, 2019
Congratulations to Holly Montooth of Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency for graduating from CTAA's Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA). Her project for the ELA sought to establish a volunteer transportation program, be a recognizable presence in the community, and provide an alternative transportation option to those 60+ years old.
A recent National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) article spotlights the Senior Volunteer Transportation Network (SVTN), a coalition of stakeholders interested in transportation options for older adults, that is improving mobility options in western Tennessee.
Blount County's Community Action Agency SMiles program was recently featured in the NADTC's Volunteer Transportation Programs Topic Spotlight. In this spotlight document, NADTC looks at volunteer transportation as a viable alternative for older adults and people with disabilities, examines funding, community support and collaboration, and the measurement structures of programs in Colorado, California, and Virginia, as well as Tennessee.