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File #: 14-0949    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 7/2/2014 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/29/2014 Final action: 7/29/2014
Title: Health and Human Services Agency and the Air Quality Management District recommending the Board approve and ratify each director's signature on letters supporting the El Dorado County Transit Authority's application for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration 5309 Ladders of Opportunity Initiative grant funds to replace ten buses currently used for local fixed route service. FUNDING: Federal Grant Funding to Grantee.
Attachments: 1. A - EDCTA Ltr of Support 7-29-14, 2. B - EDCTA Letter of Support AQMD
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Health and Human Services Agency and the Air Quality Management District recommending the Board approve and ratify each director's signature on letters supporting the El Dorado County Transit Authority's application for U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration 5309 Ladders of Opportunity Initiative grant funds to replace ten buses currently used for local fixed route service.

FUNDING: Federal Grant Funding to Grantee.
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Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost
The letters of support have no financial impact on the County.

Background
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5309 Ladders of Opportunity Initiative provides funding for the modernization and expansion of transit bus service specifically for the purpose of connecting disadvantaged and low-income individuals, veterans, seniors, youth, and others with local workforce training, employment centers, health care, and other services.

The El Dorado County Transit Authority, in coordination with Sacramento Regional Transit, plans to apply for FTA 5309 Ladders of Opportunity Initiative funding to replace ten (10) transit buses currently used for local fixed route service, with ten (10) low floor clean diesel transit buses. The purchase of low floor transit buses is consistent with the current draft Short/Long Range Transit Plan recommendations and will significantly enhance the passenger experience by way of easing boarding, speeding up the loading of wheelchair passengers, and by providing greater seating capacity overall. The low floor buses make boarding easier for elderly and disabled passengers by not requiring them to negotiate steps when boarding, thereby improving accessibility to those who may need transit services the most.

The net air quality benefits are estimated to be 0.18 tons of emissions reduced per year, at a cost effectiveness of $549 per pound. The increased capacity and improved accessibility provided by the new bus...

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