Memos for County Board action are quite informative.
The one below is about a $600,000 grant that McHenry County is seeking for its MCRide Dial-a-Ride Transit Program.
I see no indication that a cost-benefit analysis has been performed to see if Uber and/of Lyft would cost less.
A resolution will be considered by the Finance Committee, meeting at the Administrative Building, on Thursday, June 9th.
Background and Discussion:
This application is to continue providing federal funding to reimburse the County for eligible operating costs. The application requests $600,000 in grant monies to help fund MCRide for the next year.
MCRide is a demand response transit service provided through a contractual arrangement between the County and Pace.
- Crystal Lake,
have an IGA [Intergovernmental Agreement] with the County to pay for their share of operating costs.
The County has an IGA with McHenry Township to coordinate trip registration with the McHenry Township Senior Express service.
Pace subsidizes the MCRide program at 49.7%.
The County was awarded $488,825 in Job Access Reverse Commute and $299,333 in New Freedom federal grants in 2011 and has used this funding to offset the costs of the service.
The County was awarded $600,000 ($300,000 per year for two years) in Section 5310 federal grants in 2014 and it is expected that these funds will be expended by the end of June, 2016.
Section 5310 programs help meet the transportation needs of seniors 60 years and older and individuals with disabilities. This application is for $600,000 for federal fiscal year 2015.
This amount is equal to 50% of the estimated operational cost of services on MCRide for individuals with disabilities and for individuals 60 and older (See Table 1).
In County Fiscal Year 2015,
- 43,405 of the 105,121 total trips provided on MCRide were taken by individuals with at least one disability:
- 21,031 trips were taken by individuals 60 years and older; and,
- 5,459 were taken by individuals over 60 years with a disability.
Table 1: Select MCRide Statistics for County Fiscal Year 2015
|Total Operational Costs of MCRide in 2015*||$1,859,080|
|Total Operating Deficit for MCRide in 2015||$1,692,616|
|Total Pace Subsidy for MCRide in 2015||$792,994|
|Total MCRide Trips in 2015||105,121|
|Total Trips for People with a Disability||43,405|
|Total Trips for Seniors over Age 60||21,031|
|Total Trips for Seniors with a Disability||5,459|
|Total Trips for General Public||35,226|
|Average Cost Per Trip in 2015||$17.69|
*McHenry County Cost = In 2015, the County spent $903,222 from the RTA Sales Tax funds on MCRide.
Of this, $839,000 was reimbursed to the County by Federal Section 5310 & County Senior Services grants, and by partner municipalities and townships.
Impact on Budget (Revenue; Expenses, Fringe Benefits): Operating costs are already budgeted for in County Fiscal Year 2016 and programmed in the 2016-2020 Transportation Program. This grant, if awarded,would reimburse the County after payments are made to Pace.
Impact on Other County Departments or Outside Agencies: A substantial amount of the grant reimbursements will help offset costs to the partner municipalities as well.