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NJ TRANSIT BEGINS PROCESS FOR AWARDING ACCESSIBLE VEHICLES TO ORGANIZATIONS SERVING SENIORS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

January 9, 2006
NJT-06-001

NEWARK, NJ – NJ TRANSIT has announced that the Fiscal Year 2006 annual application process to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for funds to purchase fully accessible vans and minibuses for the transportation through the FTA Section 5310 Grant Program is underway. NJ TRANSIT is designated to coordinate and review all organization applications and submit a consolidated statewide application to the federal government.

Since 1981, NJ TRANSIT has purchased more than 1,200 vehicles for organizations serving seniors and persons with disabilities throughout the State of New Jersey. It is anticipated that available funding for fiscal year 2006 will allow NJ TRANSIT to purchase approximately 50 to 60 new vans and minibuses.

The grant process is comprised of four steps: First, an agency and/or organization requests and completes an application. Second, NJ TRANSIT reviews the applications received and makes selections for inclusion in the federal grant based upon established criteria. The third step is the federal review and grant approval process. Finally, after receiving the federal grant approval, NJ TRANSIT goes out to bid for the vehicles.

Once the vehicles are delivered, NJ TRANSIT will enter into a no-fee agreement with the approved applicants.

The process is open to eligible private non-profit agencies, as well as pre-certified public entities. Qualified organizations interested in applying or finding out more about the program should request an application by writing to:

NJ TRANSIT

Local Programs and Minibus Support

One Penn Plaza East – 4th Floor

Newark, NJ 07105-2246

Attn: Section 5310 Program

A copy of the application is also available online at www.njtransit.com/pdf/2006_final_part_1.pdf. Requests for applications can also be faxed to 973-491-7367. Applications must be completed and returned to NJ TRANSIT by February 1, 2006.

Insurance, fuel and maintenance costs are the responsibility of the applicant. In most cases a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) will be required to operate these vehicles. In addition, the federal government requires that operators with a CDL participate in a certified drug and alcohol-testing program.

All vehicles have diesel engines and are lift-equipped in order to accommodate mobility devices.

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