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


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2022 Call for Projects: Applications for the next grant cycle will be released on January 3, 2022, via the BlackCat Transit Data Management System. If you need BlackCat access, please contact Joel Rodriguez. For all other questions, contact Mark Barry.  Additional resources and more information will be posted in BlackCat.

Federal Stimulus Funding:  In March 2021, the California Transportation Commission approved Resolution G-21-34 Small Urban and Rural funding for the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), of2021. In total, $3.2 million in CRRSAA funding was approved by the FTA to support current FTA 5310 Subrecipients.

2019 Call for Projects: The 2019 Call for Projects application period closed 9/6/2019. Draft Project Lists were released on 1/17/2020 and adoption for the Small Urban and Rural Program of Projects was approved 3/25/2020 by the California Transportation Commission. The grant was approved by FTA on 8/28/2020. Contact your Caltrans Headquarters Liaison (PDF) if you have questions on the status of your awarded project.

If you are a new applicant and would like to be added to an interest list or have general program questions please contact Mark Barry.

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 the Caltrans Headquarters Liaison (PDF)

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