Studies and Programs
Planning Assistance for Rural Areas (PARA) Program
The Planning Assistance for Rural Areas (PARA) program is sponsored by the Arizona Department of Transportation Multimodal Planning Division (MPD) and provides federal funds to assist tribal governments and counties, cities and towns located outside Transportation Management Area (TMA) planning boundaries with multimodal transportation planning needs.
PARA funds are limited to planning applications and may not be used for the design or construction of transportation facilities. PARA funds may be applied to address a broad range of planning issues related to roadway and nonmotorized transportation modes. Funds may also be applied to studies dedicated solely to the planning of public transportation services.
Partnerships between communities are encouraged. PARA funds may be used for planning studies that address the needs of multiple jurisdictions, as well as for needs that are limited to neighborhoods within jurisdictions. Applicants are encouraged to focus their requests for funding on the most critical transportation planning needs identified in their communities.
An electronic copy of the completed application must be received by ADOT MPD no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2015. Applications should be submitted by email to Dan Gabiou, the program manager. Please ensure all applications (including attachments) are smaller than 12MB in size. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered for funding.
Information Workshop Webinar
An informational webinar will be provided by ADOT Multimodal Planning Division staff on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to provide application preparation assistance and answer questions about the PARA program. The webinar can be accessed by registering at the link below and using this information:
Click on the drop-down menu to see a full list of current PARA studies.
Final reports from completed studies are available in the ADOT Library.
Planning Program Manager
Multimodal Planning Division
Arizona Department of Transportation
206 S. 17th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007