Community Connections (CC) (originally known as the Community Transportation program) is the MPO’s funding program for first- and last-mile solutions, community transportation, and other small, nontraditional transportation projects such as updating transit technology and improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The CC program is one of the investment programs included in the MPO’s current Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), Destination 2040, and is funded at a level of $2 million per year in the federal fiscal years (FFY) 2020–24 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
Who Can Apply?
Eligible applicants include municipalities and regional transit authorities (RTA). Other entities, such as transportation management associations or nonprofit organizations, are encouraged to apply in partnership with a municipality or RTA that has agreed to serve as the project proponent and fiscal manager.
What Projects Are Eligible?
The CC program funds projects in four categories:
- Transit operations and improvements
- Parking management
- Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
- Education and wayfinding
When Can I Apply?
The MPO expects to next solicit project applications for the CC program in Fall 2020.
What Types of Projects has this Program Funded?
See the list of projects that MPO staff have recommended for programming under the FFY 2021 CC Program pilot. They include microtransit, bikeshare improvements, transit signal priority, and shuttle programs throughout the region.
Sandy Johnston, MPO Staff