Transportation 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 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.

Contact Us

Jason Bottjen
Planning Program Manager
Multimodal Planning Division
Arizona Department of Transportation
206 S. 17th Ave.
MD 310B
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602.712.6166
Fax: 602.712.6412

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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.