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. The program was renamed under MAP-21 and modified to include New Freedom Program activities as eligible projects. This program would continue the goals of these programs by funding alternative forms of transportation where traditional services are unavailable, inappropriate, or insufficient. Funds can be used for capital planning and operations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Transportation
Office: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: 2014 The Section 5310 program has improved the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the country by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. Program accomplishments include implementation of the following: Technology improvements that enhance accessibility; Computer hardware and software/Transit related information and technology systems/Dispatch systems; Travel training; Mobility management programs; Volunteer driver and aide programs; Purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, rides sharing and/or vanpooling programs; Supporting the administration and expenses related to new voucher programs for transportation services offered by human service providers; Replacement or expansion of buses, and vans; Vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices; Preventive maintenance (as defined in the NTD); and Vehicle shelters. Fiscal Year 2015: 2015 The Section 5310 program gives communities the perfect motivation to examine: Transportation assets in their communities, Mobility needs, Gaps in services, and Strategies to fill the gaps. Projects are then selected to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by supporting the transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in all areas—large urbanized, small urbanized, and rural. Fiscal Year 2016: Public transportation projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable (Example may include: Rolling stock: Replacement or expansion of buses, and vans; Vehicle rehabilitation or overhaul; Preventive maintenance, as defined in the NTD; Vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, 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 ľ 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).
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act , Public Law 112-141, 49 U.S.C 5310.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
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. For fiscal year 2015 , the publication date was February 09, 2015. Prior year 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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
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.
Award Procedure
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days.
Interested persons are afforded the opportunity of a public hearing for capital projects.
As determined by the designated State agency.
How are proposals selected?
As described by the State designated agency in the state or project management plan.
How may assistance be used?
Section 5310 funding may be used for eligible capital 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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
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.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 80.%. The Federal share of eligible capital cost may not exceed 80 percent of the net cost of the activity. The local share of eligible capital cost shall be no less than 20 percent of the net cost of the activity. Section 5310 funds may be used to finance capital and operating expenses. The federal share of eligible capital costs shall be in an amount equal to 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. Grants may be made for no more than 80 percent of the eligible project costs. MAP-21 allows states eligible for the sliding scale match under FHWA programs to 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
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
Danielle Nelson 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE , Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Phone: (202) 366-2150
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
69-8350-0-7-401; 69-1129-0-1-401.
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 14 $239,803,688; FY 15 est $402,598,162; and FY 16 est $296,458,654
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: In NY, the program is used as a gap filling program and funds local Non-Profit Organizations such as the ARC in almost every County to purchase accessible vehicles and provide transportation services for older adults and individuals with disabilities. DE funds Non-Profit Organizations such as Easter Seals, Generations Home Care, Mary Campbell Center, Mid-County Senior Center, Ministry of Caring, Newark Senior Center, Rosehill Community Center, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, St. Patrick’s Center, United Cerebral Palsy, Harvest Years Senior Center, and Ken Sussex Industries to purchase accessible vehicles for elderly and disabled transportation for medical, education, shopping, recreation, employment training, respite care, volunteer, and nutrition purposes. In CT, the program is used to make Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements to a Memorial Plaza and Town Hall as well as fund side walk construction connecting Town Hall, Historical Society and a Middle School to enhance the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Fiscal Year 2015: 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 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.


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