Presentation on theme: "Government Owned Vehicles Westchester County. Westchester County Cars County cars are being underutilized. County officials can only use county cars."— Presentation transcript:
Government Owned Vehicles Westchester County
Westchester County Cars County cars are being underutilized. County officials can only use county cars. Why can't private agencies use underutilized county cars if their drivers are licensed and trained? o LIABILITY- Drivers, who are not county officials, are not under county insurance. Any possible solutions?
Bee-Line "Taxi" Service A pilot program, combining private contractors with government services, which serve as an alternative to the paratransit bus service in White Plains. Taxi service provided by Intrepid Taxi Fee is $4/ trip Increases availability of Paratransit Bus service for others Saves taxpayers money o average cost = $8-$10/person/trip (compared to average cost =$50/person/trip for paratransit van)
Bee-Line "Taxi" Service Taxi drivers benefit from government reimbursement for their services Increase flexibility and convenience for passengers o Pick up and Delivery are not limited to certain time schedules Travel limited to the White Plains Area Could this program be extended to other areas?
Possible Solution to Lack of Government Owned Vehicles Rural Transportation Assistance Program (Nonurbanized Formula Grant)-section 5311 o Goals increase access to health care, shopping, education, employment, public services and recreation for people who live in non-urban areas. assist in the development, improvement, maintenance, and use of public transportation systems in rural and isolated areas. to encourage and facilitate the most efficinet use of federal funds through coordination of various programs and services
Possible Solution to Lack of Government Owned Vehicles Eligible Recipients o Any county, city or regional transportation authority within a non-urbanized areas o Third party for-profit or non-profit operators may participate through subcontracts with a local public entity. Eligible Purposes o Operating assistance - The maximum Federal share is 50% of the net operating costs. State operating funds (STOA) may be used as federal match. o Capital assistance - The maximum Federal share 80% of the eligible project cost. New York State provides 50% of the non-federal share (up to 10% of project cost). Local funds must be used for the remaining 10% share.
Possible Solution to Lack of Government Owned Vehicles Section 5310 Assistance Program o Provides capital only funding for transportation needs of the elderly individuals and the disabled. o Funds, available every fiscal year, are used to purchase accessible buses for not-for-profit organizations throughout New York. o Material needed for Application Process: The description of financial capabilities and local match required Issue- Local governments lack funds and will have to rasie taxes in order to match federal funds, causing much unrest amongst the struggling general public. Solution- Title III B of the Older American Act provides funds that can be used to match requirements for programs admistered by the Federal Transit Administration (20% of funds can be used toward access services (transporation, outreach, etc)
Possible Solution to Lack of Government Owned Vehicles Material needed for Application Process: The description of project services and explanation of need, The performance measures provided, The justification for federally funded equipment that will serve elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities and description of management capabilities, Meeting the federal requirement of project involvement in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan, either through the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or through a County level process (for areas without an MPO).
Possible Solution to Lack of Governement Owned Vehicles Material needed for Application Process: Involvement of private-for-profit operators through public notice.