Item Title: Wake County Five-Year Community Transportation Services Plan Request to Receive Grant Funds
Specific Action Requested:
That the Board of Commissioners endorse the receipt of grant funding for the Community Transportation Services Plan.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) requires that each county agency receiving transportation grants have a plan that governs its services. The plan must describe the services provided by the agency and the direction those services will take in the coming years. The plan must also include an objective analysis of how transportation services could be provided more efficiently and effectively in the future.
The NC Dept of Transportation, Public Transportation Division (PTD) provides annual recurring administrative assistance that reduces our overhead costs. The PTD also provides annual capital assistance that helps us to regularly replace vehicles and other necessary equipment. Finally, the PTD provides limited operating assistance (the ROAP grant) annually, that helps us cover operating costs for our TRACS rural public program, and for a few elderly and disabled trips. In order to qualify for their grant programs, they expect us to complete a planning process every 5 years. The plan provides an objective analysis of these funding needs.
The plan will cover the period from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2009. NCDOT provides grant funding for each County to complete this planning process. Wake County has selected a private vendor (Wilbur Smith Associates) to provide the above-mentioned planning services at a total cost of $68,986. The resources to fund this study include $14,086 in user fees, representing the County’s match to the $54,900 in grant funding from the NCDOT.