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Meeting Date: 02/12/2020  
Submitted By: Luis Pedroza, Management Services Director
Focus Area: Strengthen Trade & Commerce
Strengthen Trade and Commerce Strategy: Widen job choices through workforce

DISCUSSION/DECISION on approval of Resolution No. 20-1400, a Resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona, AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF TWO-YEAR GRANT APPLICATION to the ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION encompassing the October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2022 time frame for SECTION 5311 RURAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM FUNDS to continue to provide public transportation services via the Douglas Rides Program.
The Transit division is requesting to submit its 2020 application for a 2-year funding cycle from FTA through the Arizona Department of Transportation for City of Douglas transit operations.  Request for funding includes administration, operations, planning and capital.
The City is now in its eighth year of managing the transit program.  The Transit 5311 grant application is due to ADOT in February 2020 for the next two federal years' funding, which will begin October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2022.  Staff is in the midst of budget preparation for the new grant application for a two-year funding cycle, which will include capital needs as well as administrative, planning and operating funds to continue the program.
The transit program has shown to be successful with 58,321 rides provided last year and provides a much-needed service to the community.  Ridership numbers are steadily growing at about 5%, and we continue to fulfill the Cochise College route which includes a loop into Bisbee.  The addition of the Cochise Connection route has also increased ridership and provided another source of transportation to our residents and the region.  

For your consideration today is the opportunity for the City of Douglas to apply for a 2-year funding grant for the Douglas Transit department to fund administrative, operations, planning and capital needs.  

"...that the Mayor and Council approve Resolution No. 20-1400."

Fiscal Impact
Fiscal Year: 2021 &2022
Amount Requested:
Budgeted Y/N: Y
Account (s): 102-52009

ADOT reimburses 80% of administrative costs, 58% of operating costs, 80% of planning funds and 90% of capital costs.  Local match funding is being met with partnerships from ACT, Cochise College, SEAGO, Legacy Foundation for the Cochise Connection and the contractual service provided to the City of Bisbee. Staff will continue to seek grants, partnerships and other methods to meet the local match funding to minimize the impact to the General Fund. 

Tansit Grant Resolution


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