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Federal Section 5310 Program

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for eligible applicants for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Federal Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program.  This program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C. 5310 (CFDA 20.521).

The Federal Section 5310 funds made available for the FY2019 Solicitation for Proposals include FTA funds apportioned for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018, 2019 and 2020 as authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.  The current application cycle will fund eligible projects that best achieve program goals and meet program requirements as detailed in the FY 2019 Solicitation for Proposals & Application Package.  The solicitation is a competitive selection process that will result in the award of available federal grant funds apportioned by the FTA to eligible agencies through Metro.  Approved awards will be authorized by way of fully executed funding agreements by/between successful applicants and Metro.

The Section 5310 Program provides operating and capital assistance to eligible private non-profit organizations, State or local government authorities, and/or operators of public transportation under specific conditions, for public transportation projects that: i) are planned, designed and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable; ii) exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990; and/or iii) improve access to fixed route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit, and  for alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities. Total grant funding available is estimated at $10,201,958 for eligible applicants and projects.


Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County

Federal transit law, as amended by MAP-21 and reauthorized by the FAST Act, requires that projects funded under the Section 5310 Program are included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The 2016-2019 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County (“Coordinated Plan”) was formally adopted by the Metro Board of Directors in July 2015.

The Coordinated Plan was developed through a process that included participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, persons of low income, military veterans, other members of the public, and representatives of public, private, nonprofit transportation and human service providers and includes the following four elements:

  1. An assessment of available  transportation services identifying current providers (public, private and nonprofit) for the Target Populations
  2. An assessment of transportation needs for the Target Populations;
  3. Regional and subregional  goals and strategies to address the identified gaps between current services and needs, as well as opportunities to improve efficiencies in service delivery; and
  4. Priorities for implementation based on resources (from multiple program sources), time, and feasibility for implementing specific strategies and/or activities identified

Project proposal applications submitted in response to the FY 2019 Solicitation for Proposals must be consistent with goals and strategies included in the Coordinated Plan to address identified gaps between current services and needs or improve efficiencies in service delivery. Each strategy is clearly illustrated by making reference to several eligible projects and activities.  Strategies developed are intended to be illustrative, not exhaustive – applicants are encouraged to develop innovative solutions to achieve Coordinated Plan goals.

The 2016-2019 Coordinated Plan will be updated in 2020, and will follow the update cycles for Metro transportation plans to comply with new federal law and guidance.


Application Documents and Submittal Instructions

Applicants are encouraged to consider the entire FY 2019 Solicitation for Proposals & Application Package carefully.  Please pay particular attention to the “Grant Application Checklist” found in the application, and “Application Instructions” and “Application Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria” found in the solicitation to inform a complete and responsive application that sufficiently addresses each of the required and applicable components.

The FY 2019 Solicitation for Proposals & Application Package provided below includes the required forms and documents to submit a complete application.  The grant application is provided in PDF fillable format for your convenience:

Submittal Instructions

A complete application includes Part I – Part IV and all applicable attachments.  Applications must be received by Metro no later than 3:00 PM on July 31, 2019 , and must include: the signed original proposal, an additional five hard copies of the signed proposal, and two electronic copies (flash drive, CD, etc.) of the signed proposal including all attachments.  If mailing your application in, please make sure they are received by Metro by the deadline time and date.  Please have the electronic copy combined into one single pdf application. Incomplete applications may render the proposal non-responsive and may not be considered further.

Applications can be submitted:

By Mail

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza
Section 5310, Mail Stop 99-23-3
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

In Person

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

- Notify Metro Staff in advance of in-person submittal
- Check in as a visitor at the 3rd floor security desk using the tablets provided
- Indicate Metro Host: Ruben Cervantes or Anne Flores; staff will be notified and will meet you to receive the application package

Applications must be received by Metro no later than 3:00 PM, Wednesday July 31, 2019


Scheduled Workshops for Interested Applicants

Interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend one of the scheduled workshops below.

  • Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019*
    Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location: Metro Headquarters, 3 rd Floor, Union Station Room
    One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019*
    Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location: Metro Headquarters, 3 rd Floor, Union Station Room
    One Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

FY 2019 Section 5310 Solicitation for Proposals: Power Point from the Workshops

FY 2019 Section 5310 Solicitation for Proposals: Workshop Q&A

*Workshop Registration: Please RSVP by email at WardVa@metro.net or telephone at (213) 922-2831.  To register please include the following: registrant name, agency/organization name, contact telephone, contact e-mail, date of interest, and accommodations (if any) required.

Additional information on the workshops will be provided at time of registration.

Additional workshops may be held upon request.


Tentative Schedule of Activities

After detailed evaluation and ranking by a panel including external representatives, Metro staff, in consultation with the Metro’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), will recommend to the Metro Board a program of projects for each funding category. This program of projects is scheduled for Metro Board review and approval in December 2019, and FTA review and approval in February 2020. A tentative schedule for the 2019 Section 5310 Grant Program is as follows:

Notice of Funding Availability:  Release Solicitation for Proposals

April 30, 2019

Convene Potential Applicant Workshops*

May 16 & 21, 2019

5310 Applications Due

July 31, 2019

Application Review and Evaluation Period

August 2019

Applicant Preliminary Notification of Funding Recommendations & Debriefing

September 2019

TAC Appeal Hearings

October 2, 2019

Board Approval:  Funding Award Recommendations

December 2019

FTA Grant Application - TrAMS

December 2019

Convene Successful Applicant Workshops

January 2020

FTA Grant Approval

February 2020

* Additional workshops may be held upon request.


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