FTA Section 5310 -Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program


To apply for Caltrans administered Federal Transit Administration (FTA 5310) funding, you must be a non-profit organization or a qualifying public agency.

Caltrans administers FTA 5310 funding in rural (communities under 50,000), small urban (communities 50,000-199,999) and the following large urban areas: San Francisco/Bay Area, Riverside/San Bernardino, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Bakersfield and Visalia. For other large urban areas not listed, their FTA 5310 funding is administered locally and is not part of Caltrans.

Next Call for Projects: Caltrans anticipates releasing a call for projects in Mid-2025. Please contact Mark.Barry@dot.ca.gov if you have questions or would like to be added to the email interest list.

2023 Call for Projects:  Award Lists have been posted in the BlackCat Transit Data Management System. Anticipate FTA approval in late summer 2024. Please contact your Caltrans 5310 Liaison if you have questions.

2022 Call for Projects: Grant funding was approved by the FTA in late September 2022.  Contact your Caltrans 5310 liaison if you have questions on the status of your award.

Additional resources and more information is posted via the BlackCat Transit Data Management System.  If you need BlackCat access, please contact Joel Rodriguez.

Program Overview

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program is authorized by 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) 5310.

The goal of the FTA 5310 Program is to improve the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available.

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.

Eligible Projects

  • Capital - Vehicles (ADA accessible vehicles) and related equipment (cameras, mobile radios, scheduling software, etc.)
  • Mobility Management (Travel training, One Stop Call Center, etc.)
  • Operating Assistance

Eligible Applicants

  • Private non-profit organizations (all projects)
  • Public agencies where no private non-profits are readily available to provide service (Capital and Mobility Management)
  • Public agencies that have been approved by the State to coordinate transportation services (CTSA) (Capital and Mobility Management)
  • Public agencies (for Operating Assistance and Mobility Management projects)

Information on Program Guidance and Background

  • The FTA 5310 applications and further program resources such as the Bi-Annual Report template and other resourced can be found in the BlackCat Transit Data Management System under the Resources tab: Resources > Global Resources > Federal Programs > 5310. Contact Joel Rodriguez should you need BlackCat access.
  • More Program and Background Information (PDF)

Contact Information

For general questions, please call the FTA 5310 Hotline at 1-(888) 472-6816 or contact your Caltrans 5310 Liaison (PDF)

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