About the Plan
The Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization (GHMPO), on behalf of Hall Area Transit (HAT), adopted the Transit Development Plan (TDP) in May 2008. The TDP included a comprehensive assessment of existing transit services and a 5-year implementation program identifying specific service expansion recommendations. It was recognized that few of the recommended services would be potentially eligible for new Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding. According to SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users), HAT would become eligible for these funds once the Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) was developed.  The GHMPO Policy Committee adopted the Human Services Transportation Plan (HSTP) (PDF) on March 10, 2009.
Grant categories subject to the HSTP include Job Access and Reverse Commute Program (JARC – Section 5316), Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310), and New Freedom Program (Section 5317). The HSTP was required for JARC grants starting in FY 2006 and for Section 5310 and Section 5317 grants starting in FY 2007. 

Since the adoption of the HSTP, Pres. Obama signed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) Act into law in 2012.  MAP-21 consolidated some transit programs and repealed others.  JARC-Section 5316 and New Freedom- Section 5317 were repealed and JARC activities are now eligible under the Urbanized Area Formula program (5307) as well as the Rural Area Formula program (5311). Activities eligible under the former New Freedom program are now eligible under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program (5310).
A charter bus with the Gainesville Connection logo on the side