About the Fund:
The Transit Empowerment Fund (TEF) was established in 2011 as a partnership between Capital Metro and One Voice Central Texas to enhance access to transportation. Since 2012, an independent Board has overseen the work of the Fund including the distribution of transit passes to nonprofit organizations and support of two demonstration projects. The Board includes representatives from the nonprofit and business community, and Capital Metro.
Purpose of Request For Applications (RFA)
The Transit Empowerment Fund Board will accept applications for the following:
- Purchase of deeply discounted Capital Metro Local Bus Passes, Premium Passes, Commuter Passes, and MetroAccess 10-Ride Booklets (50% reduction from the nonprofit rate = 75% discount from the full fare). The provision of deeply discounted passes (as opposed to no-cost passes) will help ensure the sustainability of the Fund.
- No-Cost Passes – A limited number of no-cost passes will be available. A maximum of 30% of the overall request can be made for no-cost passes (i.e. if requesting 100 passes no more than 30 can be at no-cost). However, for no-cost passes to be awarded, a compelling case must be made as to the critical need for the passes and the reasons that the organization cannot purchase the passes at the deeply discounted rate.
Eligible Pass/Ticket Types: Applicants can request deeply discounted passes for Local Bus Service, Premium Service, Commuter Service, and 10-Ride MetroAccess Service. Within each category, applicants can apply for Reduced Fare passes; please note, however, that ALL RECIPIENTS OF REDUCED FARE PASSES MUST MEET ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA DETAILED AT http://www.capmetro.org/RFID AND HAVE A CAPITAL METRO REDUCED FARE ID CARD FROM CAPITAL METRO.
All recipients of METROACCESS passes must have a MetroAccess card: https://www.capmetro.org/metroaccess/
More information about Capital Metro fares can be found at: http://www.capmetro.org/fares/
Target Population: All passes must be used by individuals who are at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and are transit dependent.
Purpose: The primary purpose of the passes must be to access: Employment, Education, Healthcare, or Social Services.
Applicants must be either a 501(c)3 organization, a 501(c)9 organization, or a governmental entity.
RFA released: January 6, 2016
Optional Bidders Conference: Monday, January 11, 3:00-4:00pm in the Meals on Wheels Board Room, 3227 East 5th, Austin, 78702 (Access the Bidders Conference presentation here.)
Deadline for Applications: 5:00pm Friday, January 29, 2016. All applications must be submitted through this online form. The Board reserves the right to follow up with applicants with specific questions.
Decision announced no later than March 25, 2016.
Note that the Board will review all applications and may award all, partial, or none of an applicants request.
Pass Distribution: Passes will be distributed as soon as they have been printed. This is generally within 12 weeks of the decision. Recipients will be required to attend an orientation when they pick up their passes.
The Board does not anticipate another solicitation for bus pass applications until early 2017, so organizations should consider that when making their application.
Important Note About the Application
All applications must be submitted online through this application form. This form is three pages and requires some documentation to be uploaded. If you cannot complete it in one sitting, you can choose to save it and continue it later. A unique URL will be sent to you via email so that you can access it in the future. Additionally, if you prefer to view the RFA in Word format to review before applying, you can do so by downloading the application here.