FTA Section 5310

Improving mobility

This page contains information about the PPUATS Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The Section 5310 Program provides funding to help improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the available transportation mobility options.
Eligible Activities/Projects

The program provides grant funds for capital and operating expenses to eligible sub-recipients 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 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 with transportation

For a more detailed list of eligible activities, see Section 5310 Program Management Plan.

Note: Under Section 5310, Eligible Activities are broken down by the FTA into two categories: Traditional Section 5310 Projects and Other Section 5310 Projects. Traditional Section 5310 Projects for the PPUATS UZA are programmed by the state through IDOT’s CVP program. TCRPC only programs Other Section 5310 Projects, activities that were eligible under the New Freedom program (Section 5317) which was rolled into Section 5310 under MAP-21.
Eligible Applicants

The FTA lists the following entities as eligible sub-recipients of Section 5310 funds:

  • State, or local governmental authorities
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Operators of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient

In recent years, TCRPC has set aside $90,000 of annual MPO funds to be programmed for local jurisdictions in the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) to undertake special transportation planning projects. Jurisdictions may apply for all or part of the $90,000, but may not request any amount beyond $90,000. Projects must be complete by the end of the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). A project may be phased, but there is no guarantee that additional funding will be made available in future years.

Eligible Activities/Projects

Funds must be used for transportation planning projects that meet the requirements of the FAST Act, in particular, 23 USC 134. (These are the same requirements that PPUATS staff uses under its responsibilities as an MPO.)

Examples of eligible projects include:

Traffic operation – planning studies
Corridor plans and feasibility studies,
Bicycle/pedestrian plans,
Transit planning, including para-transit,
Travel demand modeling or GIS,
Data collection and analysis,
Storm water planning as it applies to transportation,
Freight planning, including air
Asset management,
Transportation system management (environmental mitigation)

This is not a complete list of eligible projects. To determine if your project is eligible, please discuss with staff. Engineering and construction are NOT eligible. Completed projects from past years can be found at the bottom of this page.
Eligible Applicants

Dues-paying members of PPUATS are eligible to apply for funding. Non-member local jurisdictions within the MPA must be sponsored by a PPUATS member.

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