Transportation Planning Board

Specialized Transportation

Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

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The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Metro Transit, is pleased to announce the availability of Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds for calendar year 2015. This program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C. § 5310 (CFDA 20.521) and is administered as an annual competitive application process.

The Section 5310 Program provides formula funding to states and designated recipients to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Traditionally, the Section 5310 program was used to purchase accessible vehicles to be used in transporting seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under the changes included in MAP-21, the New Freedom (Section 5317) program is now joined with the Section 5310 program. Applicants may now also apply for these “New Freedom-type projects” (mobility management projects, operating assistance projects, and non-vehicle capital purchases).

Eligible recipients include:

  • Private non-profit organizations
  • Local government bodies
  • Public transportation (including shared-ride taxi and paratransit) operators that receive a grant indirectly (New Freedom-type projects only)

Projects must carry out the program’s goal to enhance mobility for seniors and people with disabilities and must be consistent with the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan.

Eligible activities include:

  • Capital expenses for public transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities (traditional Section 5310 projects)
  • Mobility management services (New Freedom-type projects)
  • Public transportation projects (including operating costs) that exceed the requirements of the ADA (New Freedom-type projects)
  • Projects that improve access to fixed route transit service and decrease reliance paratransit service (New Freedom-type projects)
  • Alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and people with disabilities with transportation (New Freedom-type projects)

Applications for project funding for the 2015 calendar year were due on August 15, 2014 (see the timeline below). Draft awards for projects will be announced here.

Timeline:
Application released................. June 18, 2014
Applications due....................... August 15, 2014
Draft Awards Announced.......... September 5, 2014

Appeals Due............................. September 24, 2014

Awards Finalized...................... October 1, 2014
Grant Cycle Begins................... January 1, 2015
Grant Cycle Ends...................... December 31, 2015

For more information, see the Section 5310 Program Management and Recipient Coordination Plan or contact the MPO staff member listed below. Appeals for project selection should be submitted in writing by September 24, 2014.

Mike Cechvala

Madison Area Transportation Planning Board

121 South Pinckney Street, Suite 400

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan

The 2013 Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan for Dane County serves as the locally developed coordinated plan for projects funded under the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. It was developed through a process that included representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers and participation by members of the public.

For coordinated public transit – human services transportation plans in other Wisconsin counties, click here.

 

Specialized Transportation Services in Dane County

The Dane County Department of Human Services provides individual and group transportation services which enable seniors and people with disabilities and to access their communities and needed services. Transportation assistance may also be provided for low-income families or persons with unusual medical transportation expenses. For more information, call Dane County’s Transportation Call Center at (608) 242-6489.

Accessible paratransit service is provided by Metro Transit in the Madison area.

Monona Transit provides specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities (Monona Lift) within Monona with service to and from Madison.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County provides individual rides to medical trips for adults aged 60 and over and
for people with disabilities with their driver escort service.

The YWCA’s YW Transit program – (608) 316-6888 – provides rides for low-income people going to and from work and employment-related activities, as well as safe rides at night for potential victims of sexual assault.