Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

MERIT: Special Projects and Senior Transportation Grants

undefinedThe Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) administers several Special Projects and Senior Transportation grant programs described on this page.

Additional information on the goals, eligibility requirements, and application process for each of these programs can be found in the FY21 Program Application Guidance.

Information on the Capital and Operating Assistance programs can be found on the Capital and Operating Assistance Programs page

Demonstration Project Assistance:
The Demonstration Project Assistance program is a competitive grant program that is meant to support local efforts to improve transit reliability, improving access to housing and employment centers, and improving public transportation mobility options.  Demonstration projects also serve as examples and opportunities for learning and replication for other transportation agencies throughout the Commonwealth.  

The projects that are eligible for this program fall under two categories:

Type 1: New Service: The deployment of new traditional public transportation services such as:

  • New service in an area or market not currently served by public transportation
  • New service that provides additional connections to areas that are currently served

Type 2: Technology and InnovationThe deployment of projects designed to test the "proof of concept" for new technologies used in the provision of public transportation services.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • The deployment or testing of autonomous vehicle technology
  • The deployment of a micro-transit demand response system
  • The deployment of new Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) solutions that would augment the provision of service and/or data collections

Grant Match Requirements: 80% State/20% Local

Program Resources: TBD

 

undefinedTechnical Assistance:
The Technical Assistance grant program supports studies, plans, research, data collection, and evaluation projects to help improve and evaluate public transportation or commuter assistance services.  This program can be used to conduct a wide range of planning and technical analysis that is needed as input into a decision making or evaluation process.

The goal of the program is to help grantees answer questions related to the provision of public transportation services and commuter assistance programs. This includes, but is not limited to providing technical analysis and guidance on operations, service delivery, customer service, expansions of service, and program delivery.

Grant Match Requirements: 50% State/50% Local

Program Resources: TBD

 

Public Transportation Intern Program:
The Public Transportation Intern Program supports the hiring of interns who are interested in pursuing careers in public transportation. It intends to increase awareness of public transportation as a career choice for aspiring managers, maintenance and operations staff, marketing employees, and other specializations within public transportation and commuter assistance agencies.  The grant program enables qualified people to gain experience in all facets of public transportation operations through hands-on work.

Post-collegiate internships and pre-graduate training are both eligible for program funding. Applicants are responsible for conducting an open recruitment process and selecting a qualified individual that fulfills the purpose and intent of the program. This program is not intended for staff augmentation, and such applications will not be considered for funding.

Grant Match Requirements: 80% State/20% Local

Program Resources: TBD

 

undefinedTransportation Demand Management (TDM) Operating Assistance:
The TDM Operating Assistance program provides funding to support local and regional commuter assistance programs that aim to reduce single occupant vehicle trips, and increase carpool, vanpool, and transit use. The overall goal of the program is to mitigate traffic congestion throughout the state. 

The commuter assistance programs that are supported by the TDM Operating Assistance program provide information, encouragement, and incentives to help people understand and utilize all transportation options and modes available. Though specific transportation options vary from region to region, these programs generally provide information on transit systems, ridesharing, and non-motorized travel options. 

Grant Match Requirements: 80% State/20% Local

Program Resources: TBD

 

Mobility Programs (for Transportation Demand Management):
Mobility Programs is a competitive grant program that supports local and regional transportation demand management (TDM) programs that support employer outreach, telework, and vanpools. This is an outcome focused grant program which requires all candidate programs or projects to demonstrate that they will achieve measurable reductions in congestion by eliminating single occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips. These programs or projects must aim to shift SOV trips to carpool, vanpool, or transit services, or promote telework as an option that would take commuters out of the transportation system entirely.

The Mobility Programs grant supports Employer Outreach program that:

  • Increase the number of private sector employers providing commuter benefits to employees that use public transportation or vanpools;
  • Increase the number of private sector employers providing assistance to employees commuting in carpools and vanpools; or
  • Increase the number of private sector employees commuting via transit, carpools, or vanpools

In addition, the Mobility Programs grant supports Telework programs that:

  • Increase the number of private sector employers providing telework programs for their employees; or
  • Increase the number of private sector teleworkers

Grant Match Requirements: 80% State/20% Local

Program Resources: TBD

 

Senior Transportation Program:
The Senior Transportation Program supports operating expenses for new and innovative transportation services for adults 60 years of age and older. The overall program goal is to improve the quality and increase the quantity of coordinated transportation services available for seniors.

DRPT encourages projects that will utilize and build upon services provided by existing transportation providers and current staffing structures, with an emphasis on the following priorities:

  •          Supporting new and/or expanded coordinated transportation services for seniors
  •          Supporting travel training programs
  •          Supporting new voucher programs for transportation services for seniors
  •          Supporting volunteer driver and aide programs

Grant Match Requirements: 80% State/20% Local

Program Resources: TBD

 

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