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 and preliminary scoping (Pre-scoping) activities 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 and pre-scoping 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.
General Program Information
Due to budget constraints there will be no PARA Program for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The intent is to bring the program back for FY 2020 and offer both PARA Studies and PARA Pre-Scoping projects. The determination of the status of the program for 2020 will take place next spring.
Planning Program Manager
Multimodal Planning Division
Arizona Department of Transportation
206 S. 17th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85007