New Freedoms (5317) Program
Public transit in Nevada ranges from modern Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Urban Areas to Para transit buses providing service to the elderly and disabled located in remote locations.
The NDOT Transit Section is responsible for helping in the creation and continuation of these services by administering the following Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Grants on an annual basis for the New Freedoms (5317) program.
Services include general fixed route public transit, demand response Para transit services, intercity bus services, and daily rides for the elderly and disabled. NDOT also provides Planning Funds to the MPOs for the betterment of transit services statewide.
FTA program specific information and eligibility requirements:
- 5317 New Freedoms
The New Freedom formula 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 2000 Census showed that only 60 percent of people between the ages of 16 and 64 with disabilities are employed. The New Freedom formula 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.
Eligibility Requirements: Eligible sub-recipients are private non-profit organizations, State or local governments, and operators of public transportation services including private operators of public transportation services.
Eligible Activities: Capital and operating expenses for new public transportation services and new public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), that are designed to assist individuals with disabilities.
State Management Plan for the 5317 Program
FTA Circular: New Freedom Program