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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310)


MTC is pleased to 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).

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 4:00PM

Program Purpose

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.

Large Urbanized Area - 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 screened for eligibility by MTC and county Paratransit Coordinating Councils (PCCs), and then evaluated by one regional scoring panel, consisting of a 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.

Large Urbanized Area - 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, consisting 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. The local match requirement is 20% for capital projects and 50% for operating projects.

Eligible Recipients

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.

Large Urbanized Area - 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.

  • Vehicle projects
    Replacement vehicles; New service vehicles; and Expanded service vehicles.
  • Equipment projects [Equipment projects are limited to the following only]
    Radios or other communication equipment; Computer hardware and software; Transit-related intelligent transportation systems (ITS); Wheelchair restraints; and Dispatch systems.
  • Mobility management and coordination programs
    Promotion, enhancement, and facilitation of access to transportation services, including the integration and coordination of services for individuals with disabilities, seniors, and low-income individuals; Support for short-term management activities to plan and implement coordinated services; Support of state and local coordination policy bodies and councils; Operation of transportation brokerages to coordinate providers, funding agencies, and passengers; Development and operation of one-stop transportation traveler call centers to coordinate transportation information on all travel modes and to manage eligibility requirements and arrangements for customers among supporting programs; Operational planning for the acquisition of intelligent transportation technologies to help plan and operate coordinated systems inclusive of geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, global positioning system technology, coordinated vehicle scheduling, dispatching and monitoring technologies, as well as technologies to track costs and billing in a coordinated system, and single smart customer payment systems; and Funding to support the administrative costs of sharing services provided to clients along with other seniors and/or individuals with disabilities and the coordinated usage of vehicles with other nonprofits.
  • Operations projects
    Expansion of paratransit service parameters beyond the three-fourths mile required by the ADA; Expansion of current hours of operation for ADA paratransit services that are beyond those provided on the fixed-route services; Incremental cost of providing same day service; Incremental cost of making door-to-door service available to all eligible ADA paratransit riders, but not on a case-by-case basis for individual riders in an otherwise curb-to-curb system; Enhancement of the level of service by providing escorts or assisting riders through the door of their destination; Support of administration and expenses related to voucher programs for transportation services offered by human service providers; Mileage reimbursement as part of a volunteer driver program, taxi trips or trips provided by human service agencies; and support for volunteer driver programs.

Large Urbanized Area - Application Form and Instructions

Applications are 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 below. 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 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.

Large Urbanized Area - 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), 7 copies, and 2 electronic files on CD or USB flash drive of the application, including attachments to:

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

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.

Section 5310 FY13 and FY14 Cycle Schedule – Large Urbanized Areas



MTC approves regional guidelines

September 25, 2014

Caltrans releases call for projects

October 1, 2014

Applications due to MTC

November 6, 2014

Application Workshop: MTC, 101-8th Street, Oakland

October 14, 2014, 1pm

Draft Program of Projects to Programming and Allocations Committee

January 14, 2015

Draft Program of Projects to Commission

January 28, 2015

Adopted Program of Projects due to Caltrans

February 2, 2015

Grant Approved by FTA

September 30, 2015

FTA Section 5310 Contacts


Contact Person/ Telephone



E-mail Address


Drennen Shelton

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

101 Eighth Street
Oakland, CA 94607-4700


Naomi Armenta

Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC)

1111 Broadway, Suite 800
Oakland, CA  94607

Contra Costa

Peter Engel

Contra Costa Transp. Authority

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


Paul Branson

Marin Transit

711 Grand Ave.
Suite 110
San Rafael, CA  94901-6029

 San Francisco

Jonathan Cheng


1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd FloorSF, CA 

San Mateo

Erin Swartz

San Mateo PCC

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

Linda Rhine

Nelson-Nygaard (PCC consultant)

116 New Montgomery St., SF, CA 94105

Santa Clara

David Ledwitz


3331 North First Street
San Jose, CA  95134-1906


Dana Turrey

Sonoma Co. Transportation Authority

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

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For more information about the Section 5310 Program, contact Drennen Shelton: 510/817.5909, or