Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute (MD-JARC) Grant

During the 2018 session, the Maryland General Assembly enacted legislation that established the Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute Program. Fiscal Year 2023 and Fiscal Year 2024 will be the second two years of five years of funding for this program. The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will continue to administer the program.

The Maryland Jobs Access Reverse Commute (MD-JARC) grant program is modeled after the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant program, Jobs Access Reverse Commute (JARC). By using transportation services, this program is designed to connect targeted populations with employment areas that have experienced significant growth.

Click here for the formal grant announcement.

Program Grant Cycle

The second grant cycle for this program will be for a two-year period from FY2023 through FY2024. The program will begin on July 1, 2022 and last through June 30, 2024.

Distribution of Grant Awards

A total of $2 million state funds over five years was allotted for the MD-JARC program; no more than $400,000 per year is to be used for this program. Seventy percent (70%), or $280,000 per year is to be used in the urbanized areas, while thirty percent (30%), or $120,000 per year is for the rural areas. For FY2023 and FY2024, there will be a total of $800,000 available for the two-year period.

The MDOT MTA will award grants based on funding availability, the number of eligible applications received, and the quality of the proposed projects. Minimum award amount will be $10,000 each year of the grant cycle.

The grant application will be distributed among five geographic areas and must be endorsed by one of the following Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) or Regional Coordinating Body (RCB) areas to be endorsed prior to final submission to the MDOT MTA.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible MD-JARC grant recipients include:

  • Private Non-Profit 501c3 organizations
  • Local Transit Systems, and
  • One or More Employers/Corporations (that implement a job access and reverse commute project/program)

Key Dates

  • Application Workshop: The MD-JARC Application Workshop will be featured during the virtual Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM) Winter Series Program. Visit https://www.taminc.org/winter-series to register.
  • Application Submission: Email Part I (recommend read receipt) to the Regional Planning offices: Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments or the Regional Coordination Body: Maryland Upper Shore Transit (MUST), Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland or Tri County Council of Western Maryland no later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
  • Final Submission: Part I and Part II are due to MDOT MTA no later than 4:00 pm on April 27, 2022.

How to Receive MD-JARC Grant Application

The application package for MD-JARC grant funding will be available on the Transportation Association of Maryland’s (TAM) website (http://www.taminc.org/Office-of-Local-Transit-Support) on February 7, 2022. You can also obtain a copy of the grant application at one of four meetings to be held around the state.

The MD-JARC grant application in Microsoft Word format and the MD-JARC Budget Form in Microsoft Excel format can be found here as well.

About the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) Statewide Transit Innovation Grant is a competitive grant program with the goal of supporting local efforts to improve transit reliability, improving access and connections to activity centers, and improving transit mobility options. The program seeks to fund cost-effective public transportation projects that reduce delays for people and improve connectivity between regional and economic population centers. Projects may incorporate bus, rail, or other transit modes.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include

  • Maryland local governments, or
  • locally operated transit providers, or
  • organizations that currently receive MDOT MTA grant funds

Applicants may identify additional project partners including other Maryland county and local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, locally operated transit providers, and other non-governmental, for- and non-profit organizations.

Eligible Projects

Eligible projects may be in the planning, design, engineering, or construction phases, must meet the goals outlined above, and can include activities such as:

  • corridor studies,
  • feasibility studies,
  • bus rapid transit corridors,
  • dedicated bus lanes,
  • transit signal prioritization,
  • other transit priority treatments,
  • bus operations improvements,
  • innovative fare payment upgrades,
  • connected and autonomous vehicle pilot programs, and
  • other transit innovations in safety and mobility improvements.

Applications will be graded based on their ability to meet the goals of the program and their ability to demonstrate how the project will be innovative for the local area. If an applicant is applying for a construction phase project, they would also be required to:

  • Demonstrate project ownership, maintenance, and management commitment
  • Secure right-of-way and documentation, if acquired

An engineer’s cost estimate is highly recommended for any projects seeking construction funds. Furthermore, if a construction project is anticipated to cost over $50,000, then 30% design plans may be requested as part of the application. Please reach out to the STIG Grant manager to discuss if you think 30% design plans may be requested for your project.

If you would like to see past awards, you can view the past awards here.

How To Apply

Interested applicants are required to submit an official application package to request program funds. Please be sure your application includes all of the items identified in the Application Checklist found within the PDF and Word documents.

The grant team will begin accepting applications on May 2nd, 2022. For your application to be considered, it must be complete and received by MDOT MTA no later than June 24, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

MDOT Policies & Guidelines

Interested parties should be familiar of MDOT’s policies and guidelines. Where applicable, projects should adhere to these policies and guidelines, utilizing the resources to the best extent possible. Below includes resources for applicants to use when scoping their projects:

STIG Workshop

There will be a workshop for interested applicants on Friday May 8th, 2022 at 1 pm. Call-in information is below:

  • Teams Link
  • Call-in Number: 443-409-5228
  • Phone Conference ID: 713 830 006#

Other Grants

MDOT administers two related grant programs:

Contact Us

To learn more or sign up for updates, please fill out the form below to be added to the MDOT MTA Office of Planning and Capital Programming's Statewide Transit Innovation Grant list. For questions regarding the Statewide Transit Innovation Grant, contact Stephen Miller, MDOT MTA Office of Planning, at smiller6@mdot.maryland.gov

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