2019 Arkansas Code
Title 27 - Transportation
Subtitle 1 - General Provisions
Chapter 3 - Arkansas Public Transportation Coordination Act
§ 27-3-105. Purpose - Rights and Responsibilities

Universal Citation: AR Code § 27-3-105 (2019)
  • (a) The Arkansas Public Transportation Coordination Council, by and through the Arkansas Department of Transportation, is to accomplish the coordination of transportation services provided to the general public, particularly the transportation-disadvantaged.

  • (b) The goal of this coordination shall be to assure the cost-effective provision of public transportation by qualified transportation operators.

  • (c) In carrying out this purpose, the council shall:

    • (1) Serve as a clearinghouse for information relating to public transportation services, funding sources, innovations, and coordination efforts;

    • (2) Establish statewide objectives for providing public transportation services for the general public, particularly the transportation-disadvantaged;

    • (3) Develop policies and procedures for the coordination of federal, state, and local funding for public transportation facilities and services;

    • (4) Identify barriers prohibiting the coordination and accessibility of public transportation services and aggressively pursue the elimination of these barriers;

    • (5) Assist communities in developing public transportation systems available for public use, with special emphasis on serving the transportation-disadvantaged;

    • (6) Assure that all procedures, guidelines, and directives issued by state agencies are conducive to the coordination of public transportation services and facilities;

    • (7) Develop standards covering coordination, operation, costs, and utilization of public transportation services;

    • (8)

      • (A) Through the department, have the authority to apply for and accept funds, grants, gifts, and services from federal, state, local, or private funding sources.

      • (B) Funds acquired or accepted under subdivision (c)(8)(A) of this section shall be solely for the purpose of carrying out the council's responsibilities;

    • (9)

      • (A) Review, monitor, and coordinate all funding requests for state and federal grants to be used for the provision of public transportation services.

      • (B) The funds shall be available only to those entities participating in an approved coordinated transportation system or an entity which has been granted a waiver by the council; and

    • (10) Coordinate all public transportation programs with the appropriate local, state, and federal agencies and public transit agencies to ensure compatibility with existing transportation systems.

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