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  • 2021 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Disabled Grant Program

  • On July, 12, 2021 the OCTA Board of Directors approved the 2021 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Disabled (EMSD) grant program and released a $4 million Call for Projects for fiscal year 2021-2022 through 2022-2023, which makes funding available for non-profit organizations and local public agencies to help meet the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

  • The program goals are to:

    • Improve the mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Orange County.
    • Support local agencies and non-profits providing specialized service within their communities; thereby reducing the demand on ACCESS Service in the County.
    • Augment service gaps of the Senior Mobility Program (SMP), ACCESS and fixed-route service.
    • Provide seamless service through improved first and last mile connections.
    • Incorporate and encourage technology-based solutions to improve mobility options.
    • Promote non-profit and public agency outreach to senior and disabled patrons with an emphasis in reaching disadvantaged, underrepresented, and/or diverse communities to ensure that services are meeting their needs.
    • Prioritize funding for agencies that collaborate which is demonstrated by:
      • Partnerships to create efficiencies and lower operating costs for service, and/or
      • Increasing vehicle revenue hours beyond the minimum 10 hours.

    Announcements

    On Monday, November 22, 2021, the Board of Directors approved the 2021 EMSD Programming Recommendations.

    2021 EMSD Programming Recommendations

    The next Call for Projects cycle is anticipated in 2023.

    2021 EMSD Call for Projects

    Resources

    The estimated timeline for the EMSD is listed below*:

    EMSD Schedule

    *Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

    Goals

    The program goals are to:

    • Improve the mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Orange County.
    • Support local agencies and non-profits providing specialized service within their communities; thereby reducing the demand on ACCESS Service in the County.
    • Augment service gaps of the Senior Mobility Program (SMP), ACCESS and fixed-route service.
    • Provide seamless service through improved first and last mile connections.
    • Incorporate and encourage technology-based solutions to improve mobility options.
    • Promote non-profit and public agency outreach to senior and disabled patrons with an emphasis in reaching disadvantaged, underrepresented, and/or diverse communities to ensure that services are meeting their needs.
    • Prioritize funding for agencies that collaborate which is demonstrated by:
      • Partnerships to create efficiencies and lower operating costs for service, and/or
      • Increasing vehicle revenue hours beyond the minimum 10 hours.
    Call for Projects

    Announcements

    On Monday, November 22, 2021, the Board of Directors approved the 2021 EMSD Programming Recommendations.

    2021 EMSD Programming Recommendations

    The next Call for Projects cycle is anticipated in 2023.

    2021 EMSD Call for Projects

    Resources

    Schedule

    The estimated timeline for the EMSD is listed below*:

    EMSD Schedule

    *Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

    • Questions regarding the EMSD can be directed to:

      EMSD Program Manager
      Jennifer Farinas
      Senior Transportation Funding Analyst
      Email: jfarinas@octa.net
      Tel: (714) 560-5392

      Louis Zhao
      Section Manager, Discretionary Funding Programs
      Email: lzhao@octa.net
      Tel: (714) 560-5494

      Outreach
      Nora Yeretzian
      Principal Marketing Specialist
      Email: nyeretzian@octa.net
      Tel: (714) 560-5356

      Implementation
      Joanne Jacobsen
      Senior Community Transportation Coordinator
      Email: jjacobsen@octa.net
      Tel: (714) 560-5660

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