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Sponsored by: Hunt <br /> CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA <br /> RESOLUTION 2014-002 <br /> A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SEWARD, <br /> ALASKA, SUPPORTING THE TOP TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES <br /> ESTABLISHED BY THE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE, <br /> FOR THE PURPOSE OF PURSUING STATE AND FEDERAL <br /> TRANSPORTATION PROJECT FUNDING <br /> WHEREAS, people with special transportation needs have the right to mobility. <br /> Individuals with limited income and people with disabilities rely heavily, sometimes exclusively. <br /> on public and specialized transportation services to live independent and fulfilling lives. These <br /> services are essential for travel to work and medical appointments, to run essential errands, or <br /> simply to take advantage of social or cultural opportunities; and <br /> WHEREAS, under the SAFETEA-LU program, projects funded through three Federal <br /> Transit Administration (FTA) human services transportation programs must be derived from a <br /> "locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan", including: <br /> Elderly and persons with Disabilities (Section 5310), Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC, <br /> Section 5316), and New Freedom (Section 5317). The Alaska Department of Transportation and <br /> Public Facilities also includes funds from the Alaska Mental Health Trust in the application <br /> process; and <br /> WHEREAS, the JARC program provides capital and operating funds for services to <br /> improve access to jobs for low income persons; and <br /> WHEREAS, the New Freedom program provides capital and operating funds for transit <br /> and para- transit services and improvements for persons with disabilities, which are new and go <br /> beyond those required by the American with Disabilities Act; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Elderly and persons with Disabilities program provides capital <br /> assistance funding to provide transit and purchase of services to private nonprofit agencies, <br /> federally recognized tribes, and to qualifying local public bodies that provide specialized <br /> transportation services to elderly persons and to persons with disabilities; and <br /> WHEREAS, the Alaska Mental Health Trust provides grants to private non-profit <br /> agencies, federally recognized tribes, and to qualifying local public bodies that serve community <br /> transit needs of trust beneficiaries, namely Alaskans who experience mental illness: <br /> developmental disabilities; chronic alcoholism with psychosis; or Alzheimer's disease and <br /> related dementia through funding for purchase of services, capital and coordinated transportation <br /> system planning; and <br />