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NJ TRANSIT announces application availability for Section 5310 Program FY2014 application period

The Federal Transit Administration is making funding available for the federal fiscal year 2014 for the Section 5310 Grant Program. The intent of this program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by providing financial support, through programs planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of these populations.

Funding is available for the following:

  • Capital Assistance
    • Vehicles
    • Equipment
    • Mobility Management
    • Acquisition of Transportation Services
  • Operating Assistance

You must be an active participant in the county transportation coordination planning process referred to as the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP). Be sure that your local designated planning lead (see Exhibit in Application) is aware of your intent to apply.

For more information on how NJ TRANSIT administers the Section 5310 Grant, please visit http://www.njcttp.org and click on the UNITED WE RIDE tab on the left hand side. There you will find the Section 5310 State Management Plan which describes how NJ TRANSIT administers the grant.

Applications must be submitted by 1:00 pm on May 1, 2015. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Application Materials

PennDOT announces guidelines and procedures for Section 5310 Program 2015-2016 application period

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is announcing a call for projects for Federal Section 5310 Projects (49 U.S.C. 5310). The available funds are for projects that improve transportation for senior individuals and individuals with disabilities. Applications must be submitted to John Levitsky at RA-pdBPT5310Apps@pa.gov by 4 p.m., Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Eligible Applicants

The following organizations and entities are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Private non-profit (PNP) organizations;
  • State or local governmental authorities; and
  • Operators of public transportation services, including private operators of public transportation service

Eligible Capital Expenses

Funds for the Section 5310 program are available to support the procurement of vehicles for transportation services to meet the special needs of senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Eligible vehicle expenses include:

  1. New accessible small buses (seating capacity ranging approximately from 10 to 25)
  2. New accessible vans or other paratransit vehicles

Application Materials

  1. Guidelines and Procedures for Applications [0.2 MB pdf]
  2. FY15-16 Private Non-Profit Application [0.4 MB pdf]

Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning

In February 2004, Executive Order on Human Service Transportation #13330 directed eleven federal departments and agencies to work together to ensure that transportation services are seamless, comprehensive, and accessible; and established the Federal Interagency Transportation Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), tasked to simplify access to transportation for people with disabilities, people with lower incomes, and older adults. The CCAM launched United We Ride (UWR), a national initiative to implement the Executive Order and the Action Plan established by the CCAM.

The Federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility defined the coordination of specialized transportation services as "a process through which representatives of different agencies and client groups work together to achieve any one or all of the following goals: more cost effective service delivery; increased capacity to service unmet needs; improved quality of service; and service which are more easily understood and accessed by riders."

DVRPC is responsible for facilitating the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) process for the Delaware Valley. DVRPC's regional plan coordinates and prioritizes investments under three programs:

The 2010 Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan Summary (publication # 10009) includes summaries of existing regional services and non-traditional services, and outlines regional goals and strategies for providing additional services to low income, elderly, and disabled residents in the Delaware Valley. This document is based on the 2007 Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan (publication # 07008), which also included additional inventories and detailed appendixes, some of which are no longer current.

MAP-21 Program Updates

Last year's JARC and New Freedom selection round was the final selection round under the framework established in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The most recent Federal transportation legislation (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century; MAP-21) brings with it several changes to these funding streams. In short, JARC no longer exists as a program, but the various projects historically funded through JARC (including operations) are now an eligible expense under transit agencies' 5307/5311 programs – the major urban (5307) and rural (5311) FTA operating and capital formula grant programs. Similarly, New Freedom no longer exists as a stand-alone program; it has been consolidated with the former Section 5310 program (senior/elder services) into the new Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program. DVRPC will continue to maintain a regional plan to prioritize needs and help our planning partners coordinate investments.

Additional Plan Update Information