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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Friday, February 11, 2011

Job Access and Reverse Commute and New Freedom Grant Programs
for the Houston, Texas Urbanized Area
Pre-Application Workshop on Tuesday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), together with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), is conducting the 2011 Call for Projects for Job Access/ Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom grant programs. Approximately $3.5 million from the Federal Transit Administration is available this cycle.

The purpose of these programs is to expand transportation services in the Houston Urbanized Area for low income or disabled residents and commuters traveling to work sites outside the Houston Central Business District.

A Pre-Application Workshop will be conducted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at METRO Administration offices, 1900 Main Street, 2nd Floor Board Room, Houston 77002. Parking is available across the street. Call 713-739-6925 for meeting information.

Project submittals are due to H-GAC on or before Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. (CST) for this cycle. Completed application packages should be emailed to, Attn: Kari Hackett, Manager of Special Studies. Late submittals will not be accepted.

Download the application package, budget worksheets and related documents from the H-GAC and METRO websites at and For more information, email questions to


The JARC and New Freedom grant programs are funded through the Federal Transit Administration and were authorized under SAFETEA-LU (2005). The JARC program provides access to jobs and training opportunities for low income individuals and improves access to suburban employment centers (regardless of income). The New Freedom program provides new and improved transportation services for disabled persons, beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Houston-Galveston Area Council ( is a voluntary association of local governments from the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region of Texas. H-GAC is governed by a Board of Directors composed of 35 local elected officials. Its service area is 12,500 square miles and contains more than 6 million people. H-GAC serves as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and safety and welfare of its citizens.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, H-GAC and METRO will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons attending this event. Requests from persons needing these special accommodations should be received by staff 24 hours prior to a function. Please call 713-993-4557. 

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