Completed Planning Assistance for Rural Areas (PARA)
Completed Small Area Transportation Studies (SATS)
The PARA program is sponsored by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Multimodal Planning Division, and provides federal funds to non-metropolitan communities for the purpose of conducting transportation planning studies. Eligible applicants include counties, cities and towns located outside the planning boundaries of Transportation Management Areas, as well as all tribes.
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 non-motorized transportation modes. Funds may be 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.