Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (FTA 5310)Bruce Plowman
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New Program HIghlights
On June 6, 2014, the Final FTA Circular FTA C 9070.1G was published, incorporating project types, from the repealed New Freedom program into the new Section 5310 Program. The vehicle projects and related equipment under the previous 5310 program are now called Traditional 5310 Projects and comprise at least 55% of the available funding; the former New Freedom projects are called Expanded 5310 Projects and comprise up to 45% of available funding.
The new Circular allows Urbanized Areas over 200,000 (Large UZAs) to be direct recipients of Section 5310 funds. To that end, several large UZAs opted, through a Memorandum of Understanding with Caltrans, to have Caltrans remain the direct recipient and continue to administer all 5310 projects; however, these Large UZAs would select their own projects. Caltrans continues to select and administer projects for small urban and rural areas.
All projects selected for funding must be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan and the plan must be developed through a process that includes representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation and human service providers and members of the public.
The procurement element of this program works in partnership with the Procurement Management Branch within the Division of Rail and Mass Transportation (DRMT). For additional information please see their website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/MassTrans/Procurement-Mgmt.html
The goal of the new 5310 Program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. The FTA 5310 Program provides financial assistance for transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.
This program provides grant funds for capital, mobility management, and operating expenses for:
- 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;
- Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
- Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit; and
- Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities and with transportation.
Private non-profit corporations (Traditional and Expanded projects)
Public agencies where no private non-profits are readily available to provide the proposed service (Traditional projects)
Public agencies that have been approved by the State to coordinate services (Traditional projects)
Public agencies (Expanded projects)
An Operator of Public Transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient (Expanded projects).
Vehicles and related equipment (Traditional and Expanded 5310 Projects)
Operating (Expanded 5310 Projects)
Mobility Management (Expanded 5310 Projects)
All successful applicants enter into a project agreement with Caltrans that stipulates the terms and conditions for the equipment use, or the progress of the operating and mobility management projects. The agreement remains in effect until:
- Vehicle/equipment: the project is terminated and formal disposition of the equipment has been made with the approval of Caltrans in accordance with Federal grant standards;
- Operating/Mobility Management: The project has been invoiced, satisfactorily completed and reimbursed.
Section 5310 subrecipients are required to furnish Bi-Annual Reports (see Other Items of Interest) on the use of their Section 5310 vehicles/equipment or the progress of their operating/mobility management projects. Caltrans also performs triennial inspections of 5310-funded projects to verify the condition and appropriate use of the vehicles/equipment or the progress of the operating/mobility management projects.
Funding Selection Process
Regional Transportation Agencies (RTPAs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with Memorandums of Understanding with Caltrans select projects in their respective areas through their own selection processes and submit their prioritized lists to Caltrans to be included in the grant submitted to FTA for funding.
Small urban and rural projects are awarded through Caltrans’ competitive application process. RTPAs score the Traditional 5310 projects only from their region utilizing the California Transportation Commission’s (Commission) adopted project-scoring criteria and send a scored list of their projects to Caltrans Statewide Review Committee (SRC). The SRC scores and prioritizes the Expanded 5310 projects and, together with the Traditional 5310 projects, develops the draft statewide prioritized list of projects and determines the cutoff point (score) on the draft list based on the Commission’s adopted criteria. The SRC rescores any projects that are incorrectly scored by the regions and creates a statewide-prioritized list of projects representing 110% of the estimated available funds. The SCR holds a staff level hearing for all stakeholders to discuss the statewide-prioritized list and hear any appeals on technical issues. The SRC submits a final statewide-prioritized list to the Commission. The Commission holds a public hearing to discuss the prioritized list and overall program policies. The Commission then adopts the prioritized list.
- Section 5310 Small Urban and Rural Projects List (Approved June 25, 2015)
- 2014 Call for Projects
- 2014 Fact Sheet and Timeline
- 2014 5310 Application Workshop Flyer
- Traditional 5310 Project Application
- Traditional 5310 Project Application Instructions
- Traditional 5310 Scoring Criteria
- Expanded 5310 Project Application
- Expanded 5310 Project Applications Instructions
- 5310 Grant Process Flowchart
- Regional Transportation Planning Agencies Contact List
- MTI White Paper: MAP-21's 5310 Program - November 20, 2013
- Resolution of Authority SAMPLE
- Bi-Annual Report
- Bi-Annual Report Instructions
- Bi-Annual Report "Frequently Asked Questions"
- 5310 Procurement Process
- DRMT Federal Procurement Management Branch
- DMT's Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE)
- Agency Monitoring Form
- Coordinated Plan Resources Center
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