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Elderly and Disabled Specialized Transit Program
(49 U.S.C. Section 5310)


Caltrans Division of Mass Transportation is currently soliciting projects for the Federal Transportation Administration’s Elderly and Disabled Specialized Transit Program (49 USC Section 5310).

REGIONAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Program Purpose

The Section 5310 Program provides capital grants to assist private non-profit corporations and, under certain conditions, public agencies, to provide safe, efficient, and coordinated transportation services for elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities for whom public transportation is otherwise unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate.

Available Funding and Local Match Requirement

The call for projects is for the state’s FY 2012 apportionments, which amounts to approximately $13 million in available funding. The minimum local match requirement is 11.47 percent of the project costs; however, agencies will receive up to 100% in federal funds with the usage of Toll Credits (this cycle only). 

Eligible Recipients

The eligible subrecipients for Section 5310 funds are: a) private non-profit organizations; b) public agencies where no private non-profits are readily available to provide the proposed service; and c) public agencies that have been approved by the State to coordinate services for elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities.

Eligible Projects

Applicants must have management oversight and control over the operations and service of the equipment.  Applicants are required to provide sufficient justification and provide documentation that alternative transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate to meet the agency’s transportation needs.  Services provided by 5310 funds must serve the transportation needs of elderly persons and/or persons with disabilities.  Public service must be “incidental” per FTA C9070.1F.  Eligible projects under this call for projects include:

  • Buses and vans (ADA accessible only, no sedans or SUVs) that will provide a minimum of 20 hours of service per week;
  • Vehicle procurement testing, inspection, and acceptance costs;
  • Wheelchair restrains;
  • Radios and communication equipment (excludes cell phones and service agreements);
  • Initial component installation costs;
  • Computer hardware and software (scheduling and dispatch software) in support of 5310 program purposes (public transit services not eligible);
  • Extended warranties which do not exceed the industry standard;
  • Transit related intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and the introduction of new technology, through innovative and improved products, into public transportation. 

Application Form and Instructions

These materials are available at

Coordinated Planning Requirement and Certification

Applicants are required to specify how their proposed project addresses transportation gap(s) and/or barrier(s) identified in the Bay Area’s Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (“Coordinated Plan”). In addition, MTC is required to certify that the project has been derived from the Coordinated Plan. The certification is required to be submitted as part of the application. Refer to these supplemental instructions for how to respond to the questions involving the Coordinated Plan: Coordinated Plan Supplemental Instructions (PDF).

Application Process and Timeline

Applicants must submit their applications to the appropriate County Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) and MTC by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013.

PCC Submittal: Contact the appropriate PCC to determine how many copies to transmit. See Attachment B below for PCC contact information.

MTC Submittal: MTC Submittal: Submit two (2) originals, two (2) copies, and 2 electronic files on CD or USB flash of the application, including attachments to:

Drennen Shelton
5310 Program Coordinator
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter
101 Eighth Street
Oakland CA 94607-4700

The County PCCs evaluate and score the applications, and then forward the scores to MTC. MTC compiles the County PCC scores and develops draft regional scores and rankings for review by the PCCs and applicants, and hears applicant appeals if necessary. MTC then transmits the required number of applications and regional rankings to Caltrans by May 13, 2013. Attachment A below provides the detailed process and timeline up to MTC’s submittal to Caltrans.

When all applications throughout the state have been submitted to Caltrans, a statewide review committee develops a draft statewide prioritized list based on the scores provided by each region, and determines the minimum score for projects to be recommended for funding. The statewide review committee holds a staff level hearing for all stakeholders to discuss the statewide-prioritized list and hear any appeals on technical issues. The statewide evaluation committee submits a final statewide-prioritized list to the California Transportation Commission (CTC). The CTC holds a public hearing to discuss the prioritized list, overall program policy and adopts the prioritized list.

Changes from Prior Funding Cycles

This is a one-year funding cycle; therefore applicants may submit only one grant application.  Requests for equipment that supports transportation programs are subject to a $1,000 minimum request and a $40,000 maximum request.  Requests for vehicles are subject to a $500,000 maximum request.

According to Caltrans, there have been no substantive changes to the application and scoring criteria since the last grant cycle; only minor changes have been made to the text of the application form for clarification purposes.

For more information

Please refer to or Attachment B below for Caltrans, MTC, and County PCC staff contacts.

Attachment A
FTA Section 5310 FY 2009-10 and FY 2010-11 Funding Cycle
Application Process and Timeline



Caltrans releases call for projects

November 15, 2012

Caltrans provides application workshops at various locations

January 2013

Final applications due to County PCCs (contact for number of copies) and MTC (2 originals + 2 copies + 2 electronic files on CD or USB flash drive)

March 11, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Applications evaluated by PCC scoring committees

March 12 – March 25

PCCs transmit county scores to MTC

March 26

MTC publishes draft regional rankings

March 29

Applicants review scores and prepare appeals, as necessary

April 1 – April 4

Applicant Appeals due to MTC (details to follow)

April 5

MTC Open Forum – Applicant appeals (details to follow)

April  10

MTC Programming & Allocations Committee approval of regional rankings and referral to MTC Commission for adoption

May 8

MTC transmits preliminary regional priorities to Caltrans

May 13

MTC Commission adoption of regional rankings

May 22

MTC transmits adopted regional priorities to Caltrans

May 22

Caltrans notifies region of Draft Statewide Scores

TBD –  August - September

MTC notifies PCCs of score changes; discuss with applicants and Caltrans

TBD –  August - September

CTC staff level conference for appeals of statewide scores

TBD –  August - September

CTC approves final Section 5310 scores and adopts program

September 2013

Attachment B
FTA Section 5310 FY 2011-12 Funding Cycle


Contact Person/ Telephone



E-mail Address


Valarie Smith 916-654-8065

Caltrans Division of Mass Transportation, Staff Contact for District 4


Drennen Shelton

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

101 Eighth Street
Oakland, CA 94607-4700


Naomi Armenta

Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC)

1333 Broadway, Suite 300
Oakland, CA  94612-1917

Contra Costa

Peter Engel

Contra Costa Transp. Authority

2999 Oak Road, Suite 100
Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2011


Paul Branson

Marin Transit

750 Lindaro Street, Suite 200
San Rafael, CA  94901-6029


Tom Roberts 707-259-8635

Napa Co. Transp. Plng. Agency

625 Burnell Street
Napa, CA 94559-3420

 San Francisco

Kate Toran

SF Muni

1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd FloorSF, CA 

Tulay Atalay
(415) 351-7020

SF Paratransit Broker

68 12th Street, Suite 100

San Mateo

Erin Swartz

San Mateo PCC

P.O. Box 1035
San Carlos, CA  94070-1035

Linda Rhine

Nelson-Nygaard (PCC consultant)

785 Market Street, 13th Floor

Santa Clara

David Ledwitz


3331 North First Street
San Jose, CA  95134-1906


Elizabeth (Liz) Niedziela

Solano Transportation Authority

One Harbor Center, Suite 130
Suisun City, CA  94585-9427


Diane Dohm

Sonoma Co. Transportation Authority

490 Mendocino Avenue, Suite 206
Santa Rosa, CA  95401-8530