Council approves renewed funding for JARC program

By Joel Kraushaar

At the September 15 city council meeting, the Muscatine City Council unanimously approved the continued funding of the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) program.
JARC was established to address the unique transportation challenges faced by welfare recipients and low-income persons seeking to obtain and maintain employment. Many new entry-level jobs are located in suburban areas, and low-income individuals have difficulty accessing these jobs from their inner city, urban, or rural neighborhoods. In addition, many entry level-jobs require working late at night or on weekends, when conventional transit services are either reduced or non-existent. Finally, many employment related-trips are complex and involve multiple destinations, including reaching childcare facilities or other services.
Individual states and public bodies are eligible designated recipients for JARC funding. The states then disperse funding to agencies and municipalities who use the monies to subsidize the program.
JARC fares are $2.00 per ride. For more information on JARC, contact the City of Muscatine Transit Department.