Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

To provide financial assistance in meeting the transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities where public transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.

The Section 5310 program is designed to supplement FTA's other capital assistance programs by funding
transportation projects for seniors and individuals with disabilities in all areas - urbanized, small urban, and rural.

While the New Freedom Program was repealed, the goals the New Freedom program have been incorporated into the Section 5310 program, which funds alternative forms of transportation where traditional services are unavailable, inappropriate, or insufficient.

Funds can be used for capital, planning and operations.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Purchase of accessible vehicles; replacement of rolling stock; mobility management programs; travel training; vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices; transit related information and technology systems; and dispatch systems.

Fiscal Year 2017: Purchase of accessible vehicles; replacement of rolling stock; mobility management programs; travel training; vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices; transit related information and technology systems; and dispatch systems.

Fiscal Year 2018: Purchase of accessible vehicles; replacement of rolling stock; mobility management programs; travel training; vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices; transit related information and technology systems; and dispatch systems.


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the address of Federal Transit Administration's Regional Office or visit http://www.fta.dot.gov/12926.html.

State- Designated Agency: The Governor in each State has designated a State agency to administer the Section 5310 program.
Website Address

http://www.fta.dot.gov




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ohio-kentucky-indiana Regional Council Of Governments $ 913,361   2026-12-31
Illinois Department Of Transportation $ 9,169,060   2019-09-232026-03-31
Suburban Mobility Authority For Regional Transportation $ 5,366,615   2018-08-102026-03-30
Highway & Transportation Authority, Puerto Rico $ 2,534,294   2019-06-182026-03-30
Ohio-kentucky-indiana Regional Council Of Governments $ 987,241   2019-06-122025-03-31
Highway & Transportation Authority, Puerto Rico $ 2,959,247   2019-09-182025-03-30
Human Services, Georgia Department Of $ 7,682,154   2019-07-302025-03-30
City Of Durham $ 492,598   2018-09-202025-03-30
Waccamaw Regional Council Of Governments $ 296,381   2019-09-202025-03-30
Transportation, New York Department Of $ 21,697,707   2018-09-192024-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The FTA apportioned $261 million to the Section 5310 program to fund public transportation projects designed to meet the special needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Projects may include rolling stock, including replacement or expansion of buses and vans, vehicle rehabilitation or overhaul, preventive maintenance, vehicle wheelchair lifts and securement devices; Vehicle shelters; Computer hardware and software; Transit related ITS; Dispatch systems; and Mobility management programs). Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of ADA (Examples may include: Expansion of paratransit service beyond the ¾ mile requirement; Expansion of current hours of operation for ADA paratransit; Incremental cost of providing same day service; Incremental cost of providing door-to-door service; and Acquisition of vehicles and equipment designed to accommodate mobility aids that exceed the dimensions and weight ratings for wheelchairs). Under the Discretionary category, 19 projects were funded that demonstrated innovation in coordination and improved access to non-emergency medical appointments. Fiscal Year 2017: The FTA anticipates apportioning a total of $268 million of Formula Grants for Elderly and Persons with disabilities Transportation Program to designated urban, small urban, and rural communities. The Section 5310 program continues to fund public transportation projects designed to meet the special needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Projects may include rolling stock, including replacement or expansion of buses and vans, vehicle rehabilitation or overhaul, preventive maintenance, vehicle wheelchair lifts and securement devices; Vehicle shelters; Computer hardware and software; Transit related ITS; Dispatch systems; and Mobility management programs). Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of ADA (Examples may include: Expansion of paratransit service beyond the ¾ mile requirement; Expansion of current hours of operation for ADA paratransit; Incremental cost of providing same day service; Incremental cost of providing door-to-door service; and Acquisition of vehicles and equipment designed to accommodate mobility aids that exceed the dimensions and weight ratings for wheelchairs). Additionally, FTA anticipates apportioning $3 million in Discretionary Grants to continue the objectives set forth by the FAST ACT Section 3006 (b) Pilot Program for capital projects that demonstrate innovation in coordination of non-emergency medial trips (NEMT). Fiscal Year 2018: The Section 5310 program is anticipated to continue. The FAST Act authorizes $273 million for 5310 Program and $3.25million for the discretionary program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Section 5310 funding may be used for eligible capital, planning, or operating expenses needed to provide specialized transportation service for elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

Projects must provide for the maximum feasible coordination of transportation services funded under this section.

A minimum of 55 percent of funds must be used for capital projects as listed in Federal Circular.

The remaining 45 percent may be used for other capital or operating projects.

Funding under the Discretionary category, may be used for capital projects that demonstrate innovation in coordination of non-emergency medial trips (NEMT).

Yes.

Section 3006(b) of the FAST Act authorized a discretionary pilot program for innovative coordinated access and mobility, that is open to Section 5310 recipients.

The program assists in financing innovative projects for the transportation disadvantaged that improve the coordination of transportation services and non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible sub-recipients include private nonprofit organizations, public bodies approved by the State to coordinate services for elderly persons and individuals with disabilities and public bodies which certify that no nonprofit organizations or associations are readily available in an area to provide the service.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Seniors and persons with disabilities.

Credentials/Documentation

FTA apportions the funds to the States and large urbanized areas on an annual basis. The Governor of each State or an official designee designates an agency to administer the program. Projects must be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) approved by FTA and FHWA and must be included in a locally developed Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan. Compliance with FTA's Annual list of Certifications and Assurances is required. Eligible costs must be in accordance with 2 CFR 200. The state must submit a program of projects (POP) listing all subrecipients and projects in accordance with FTA Circular 9070.1G. FTA annually issues a Federal Register Notice of apportionments, allocations, and program information. Notices can be found on the FTA website at www.fta.dot.gov/ or by contacting the appropriate FTA Regional office to obtain copies or publication dates. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Local agencies in small urbanized or rural areas should submit application to the State agency designated by the Governor to administer the program. Local agencies in large urbanized areas should submit applications to the designated recipient for the large urbanized area. The designated recipient agency will evaluate, select and approve eligible applicants and submit a program of projects to the Federal Transit Administration. For the discretionary funding, applicants are required to submit a complete proposal in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) that is published in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

The Federal Transit Administration approves the program of projects (POPs). An FTA grant award obligating federal funds, includes the POPs in a grant agreement. The grant agreement is subsequently executed so that funds can be used.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Fixing America?s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, Public Law 114-94, 49 U.S.C 5310.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

Interested persons are afforded the opportunity of a public hearing for capital projects.

Renewals

As determined by the designated State agency.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 80%. Section 5310 funds may be used to finance capital and operating expenses. The federal share of eligible capital costs may not exceed 80 percent of the net cost of the activity. The federal share of the eligible operating costs may not exceed 50 percent of the net operating costs of the activity. Recipients may use up to 10 percent of their apportionment to support program administrative costs including administration, planning, and technical assistance, which may be funded at 100 percent federal share. Funds for this program are allocated among the States and large urbanized areas by a formula which is based on the population of elderly persons and persons with disabilities in each State according to the latest U.S. Census population figures. States eligible for the sliding scale match under FHWA programs may use that match ratio for section 5310 capital projects. Funds provided under other Federal programs (other than those of the Department of Transportation, with the exception of the Federal Lands Highway Program established by section 204 of Title 23 U.S.C.) may be used as match for capital funds provided under section 5310. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Section 5310 program funds are available to the States for three years from year of allocation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement of eligible project expenses.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

FTA requires an Annual Program of Projects Status Report, Milestone Progress Reports (MPR), Federal Financial Report (FFR), and reporting of Program Measures (Gaps in service filled; Ridership; Service improvement in geographic coverage, service quality, service times; and physical improvements).

SF - 425.

Milestone reports each quarter which show the progression of the project.

SF - 425.

As requested by the State and federal agencies administering the program.

States and large urbanized areas must submit annual status reports and annual financial reports.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following submission of the final financial report, all contract documents, financial records, and supporting documents with the following qualification: If any litigation, claim or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records have been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1129-0-1-401.

Obigations

(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 16 $262,949,400; FY 17 est $268,208,388; and FY 18 est $273,840,764

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

FTA Circular C 9070.1G, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, dated July 7, 2014, can be viewed here: http://www.fta.dot.gov/legislation_law/12349_16011.html150 Information Contacts.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for the address of Federal Transit Administration's Regional Office or visit http://www.fta.dot.gov/12926.html. State- Designated Agency: The Governor in each State has designated a State agency to administer the Section 5310 program.

Headquarters Office

Kelly Tyler 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-3102

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

As described by the State or designated recipient in the state or project management plan.



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