Coordinated Human Services
NJ TRANSIT announces application availability for S5310 FY2015 application period
NJ TRANSIT administers the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Program in the State of New Jersey. The intent of this program is to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities by providing financial support, through programs planned, designed, and carried out to meet the transportation needs of these populations. Funding is available for FY 2015 for operating transportation projects, mobility management projects and capital projects.
Be advised that there is a monetary match requirement for all FTA projects. Subrecipients applying for operating projects must provide a 50% match, mobility management projects require a 20% match and depending upon funding availability capital projects may require a 20% match.
It is the intention of NJ TRANSIT to submit a statewide grant application to the federal government by December 2016. In order to be selected, your organization must be an active participant in the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Planning process. Information on this process is contained in the application.
It is a competitive grant process. If an application is selected for inclusion in the statewide grant and the FTA approves the grant then NJ TRANSIT enters into an agreement with the approved applicants for the purposes detailed in your application.
NJ TRANSIT encourages minority based organizations to apply under the Section 5310 Program.
On Friday, June 17, 2016 NJ TRANSIT will begin accepting applications from organizations who wish to apply. The closing date to return applications to NJ TRANSIT is by Friday, August 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm. To complete a grant application all organizations must go to the following website: http://s-rides.njtransit.com.
For more information, please visit http://www.njcttp.org. There you will find the application cover letter and the program’s State Management Plan which describes the purpose of the grant program and NJ TRANSIT’S management of the program. NJ TRANSIT is also inviting the public to review the current State Management Plan revised for this year’s program and welcomes your comments.
If you have any questions, call (973) 491-7372 or email GRANT5310@NJTRANSIT.COM.
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:
- Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program (Formerly Section 5316; program consolidated under MAP-21)
- New Freedom Initiative (Formerly Section 5317; program consolidated under MAP-21)
- Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) [pdf]
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.
Throughout Fiscal Year 2016, DVRPC is updating the region's Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP). This project—entitled Equity Through Access—has a broader approach than previous updates, and focuses on developing and prioritizing projects that may be funded outside of the traditional CHSTP funding sources
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
- JARC Circular Guidance Summary [0.1 MB .pdf]
- Full FTA JARC Circular Guidance [0.4 MB .pdf]
- Full FTA New Freedom Circular Guidance [0.4 MB .pdf]
- 2007 Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan