Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310)
PENDING CALL FOR PROJECTS FOR SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA LARGE URBANIZED AREAS — FY 2013 & FY 2014 APPORTIONMENT
Following the adoption of Section 5310 Program Guidelines [hyperlink to draft guidelines], MTC will announce a Call for Projects for the Federal Transportation Administration’s (FTA) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (49 USC Section 5310).
The following information is based on the draft guidelines, which is scheduled for adoption on September 24, 2014.
Tentative APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4:00PM
The Section 5310 Program provides capital and operating grants to assist private non-profit corporations and public agencies to provide coordinated transportation services that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Changes from Prior Funding Cycles
Under the two-year federal surface transportation authorization, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the New Freedom program was eliminated as a stand-alone program, and merged into the Section 5310 Elderly and Disabled program. This new Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program provides a mix of capital and operating funding. Activities formerly eligible under the New Freedom Program are now eligible under Section 5310.
Under this new consolidated program, 55% of available funding must be set aside for “traditional” 5310 capital projects. Eligible traditional 5310 capital projects include vehicles, other equipment (communications equipment, computer hardware, and wheelchair restraints), and mobility management projects. In addition to the required capital projects, up to 45 percent of funds may be utilized for projects that were formerly eligible under New Freedom: additional public transportation projects that exceed the ADA minimum requirements, improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on ADA-complementary paratransit service, or provide alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation.
The FY13 and FY14 cycle of the Section 5310 Program is jointly administered by Caltrans and MTC. Under this cycle, Caltrans continues in the role as the designated recipient of funds. MTC is overseeing the Call for Projects, and will manage the project selection process. Following project selection, Caltrans will submit the grant to the FTA, administer subrecipient funding agreements, oversee vehicle procurement, provide technical assistance and oversee federal compliance monitoring.
Under MAP-21, this program no longer provides a single apportionment to each state; but rather provides apportionments specifically for large urbanized areas (UZAs), small UZAs, and rural areas. Funds are apportioned by formula based on the population of seniors and individuals with disabilities in large UZAs, small UZAs, and rural areas. This FY13 and FY14 cycle of the Section 5310 Program is for the Bay Area’s Large Urbanized Areas, Antioch, Concord, San Francisco-Oakland, San Jose, and Santa Rosa.
Project applications will be evaluated by one regional scoring panel, consisting of a Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) staff person from a small urbanized area, a PCC chairperson from a small urbanized area, a Policy Advisory Council Equity and Access Subcommittee member, a representative from the disabled community, and MTC staff.
Available Funding and Local Match Requirement
This call for projects is for the Bay Area’s Large Urbanized Area’s FY 2013 and FY 2014 apportionments, which amounts to approximately $8.3 million in available funding. The local match requirement is 20% for capital projects and 50% for operating projects. The target programming amount for this cycle is approximately $8.3 million. This consists of the FY13 and FY14 apportionments, less a five percent set-aside for Caltrans’ program administration and an additional five percent set-aside for MTC’s program oversight and implementation of mobility management activities throughout the Bay Area.
There are three categories of eligible subrecipients of Section 5310 funds: a) private non-profit organizations; b) state or local governmental authorities; and c) operators of public transportation services. If applying for vehicle, equipment or mobility management projects, state or local government authorities must certify that there are no nonprofit organizations readily available in the area to provide that service.
Eligible Projects and Mobility Management Emphasis
Following is a list of project types and examples of projects that are eligible for funding under the FY13 and FY14 Section 5310 Program.
Application Form and Instructions
Applications will be due to MTC on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Please read MTC’s FY2012-13 and FY2013-14 Section 5310 Program Guidelines for Large Urbanized Areas prior to completing this application. The Guidelines, application, and application instructions may be downloaded at http://www.mtc.ca.gov/funding/FTA/5310.htm. The application is provided in a Word document format, and answers must be provided within this application form. Additional information may be attached. Applications with incomplete and/or missing information will not be considered for funding.
Applicants may contact MTC and/or County Paratransit Coordinating with questions. See list of contacts below.
Coordinated Planning Requirement
In March 2013, MTC adopted an updated Coordinated Public Transit –Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan), available at www.mtc.ca.gov/planning/pths/. The Coordinated Plan update considered how best to coordinated services so that existing resources can be used as efficiently as possible. Projects funded through the Section 5310 program must be included in the Coordinated Plan.
Projects and activities consistent with the mobility management strategies detailed in Chapter 8 of the Coordinated Plan will be prioritized for the FY13 and FY14 5310 Cycle. While all activities that meet federal eligibility requirements will be eligible, the application form and scoring criteria will allow for extra points for projects with an emphasis on mobility management and coordination.
Application Process and Timeline
Applicants will be required to submit their applications to MTC by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Submit 1 original (all signatures in blue ink), 6 copies, and 1 electronic file on CD or USB flash of the application, including attachments to:
MTC will forward copies of applications to the appropriate county Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) for review. Applications with incomplete and/or missing information will not be considered for funding.
For more information and Links
For more information about the Section 5310 Program, contact Drennen Shelton: 510/817.5909, or email@example.com.
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