• Overview
  • Eligibility
  • Requirements
  • Application Process
  • Plan Update

 

The FTA Section 5310 Program was established by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to meet the transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities where public mass transportation services are otherwise unavailable, insufficient or unequipped to handle their needs.

The intent of this page is to provide information on the Section 5310 Program so that interested applicants in Los Angeles County can readily determine if their respective agency is qualified to submit an application to Metro for funds available from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Program Highlights

On July 6, 2012, Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21). The law became effective on October 1, 2012. Under MAP 21, the former Section 5317 New Freedom Program was repealed and eligible activities were merged into the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. As a result of this merge, activities eligible under the former Section 5317 Program are now eligible under the Section 5310 Program without the requirement of being “new” (i.e., existing services or activities are eligible for funding). The FTA Section 5310 Program is administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

Activities eligible for Section 5310 Program funds include; i) vehicles and other related equipment formerly funded under the previous Section 5310 Program (“Traditional Capital” projects); and ii) former New Freedom projects, including expanding the eligibility of accessibility improvements to fixed-route service (“Other Capital and Operating” projects).

Program Goals

The goal of the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available to them.

The Section 5310 Program provides grant funds for capital and operating expenses for:

1. 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 (“Traditional Capital” projects);

2. Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“Other Capital and Operating” projects);

3. Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit (“Other Capital and Operating” projects); and

4. Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation (“Other Capital and Operating” projects).

Fiscal Year 2015 Solicitation for Proposals

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is now the Designated Recipient of Section 5310 Program funds for Los Angeles County (formerly administered by Caltrans). As the Designated Recipient, Metro is conducting a competitive solicitation for proposals to award Section 5310 Program funds allocated to the urbanized areas (UZAs) of Los Angeles County, which consist of Santa Clarita, Lancaster-Palmdale, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim.

Approximately $4,713,200 is available for Traditional Capital projects as follows: $4,477,274 for projects in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim UZA, $143,715 for projects in the Lancaster-Palmdale UZA and $92,231 for projects in the Santa Clarita UZA. Also, approximately $1,704,700 is available for Other Capital and Operating projects as follows: $1,615,177 for projects in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim UZA, $52,709 for projects in the Lancaster-Palmdale UZA, and $36,861 for projects in the Santa Clarita UZA. An eligible applicant can request funding for more than one UZA provided the proposed project has a nexus to these areas (e.g., service is provided to/from the UZA funding the project, vehicle and/or other asset is used in the UZA funding the project, etc.).


Eligible Projects

Traditional Capital projects include but are not limited to:

  • Accessible vans and buses
  • Mobile radios and communication equipment
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Passenger facilities
  • Support facilities and equipment
  • Mobility management activities

Other Capital and Operating Expenses projects include but are not limited to:

  • Expansion of paratransit service parameters beyond the ¾ mile required by ADA
  • Expansion of current hours of operation for ADA paratransit services beyond the requirements of ADA
  • Feeder services to commuter rail, commuter bus, intercity rail, and intercity bus stations, for which complementary paratransit service is not required under the ADA
  • New or expansion of volunteer driver and aide program

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants/subrecipients for Traditional Capital projects are limited to:

  • A private nonprofit organization; or
  • A State or local governmental authority that:
    • Is approved by a State to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities; or
    • Certifies that there are no nonprofit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service.

Eligible applicants/subrecipients for Other Capital and Operating projects are limited to:

  • A private nonprofit organization;
  • A State or local governmental authority; or
  • An operator of public transportation (including private taxi companies that provide shared-ride service to the general public on a regular basis (i.e., two or more passengers in the same vehicle who are otherwise not traveling together).

Coordinated Plan for Los Angeles County

Federal transit law, as amended by MAP 21, requires that projects selected for funding under the Section 5310 Program must be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The 2008 Coordinated Plan for Los Angeles County is currently in the process of being updated.

Projects submitted in response to the FY 2015 Solicitation for Proposals must be consistent with strategies and/or activities included in the Coordinated Plan Update to address identified gaps between current services and needs or improve efficiencies in service delivery. Since the Coordinated Plan is in the process of being updated, please use the 2008 Coordinated Plan for Los Angeles County as reference. 

Federal/Local Match Requirements

Section 5310 funds may be used to finance up to 80% of capital expenses and up to 50% of eligible operating expenses. Transportation Development Credits (TDC) can be used towards the required local match for capital and operating expenses. TDC are not money; they are similar to waivers or permission slips that allow federal funds to be used up to a 100% reimbursement rate. However, the use of TDC is limited by Metro to no more than 10% of the total capital cost and no more than 25% of the total operating cost of a project. 

Quarterly Reporting

Section 5310 subrecipients will be required to furnish quarterly progress reports as well as an annual progress report on the use of their Section 5310 funds and/or equipment. Metro also reserves the right to conduct periodic inspections of local projects to verify the condition and appropriate use of the equipment.


 

The application is now available in PDF fillable format for your convenience. Applications are due to Metro by 3:00 PM, Friday, March 27, 2015. Application packages submitted by mail must be received by the 3:00 pm, March 27, 2015 deadline. Postmarks will not be accepted.  A complete application consists of an “ORIGINAL”, five hard copies and two electronic copies on CD-R/DVD. Electronic submittals by email or other means will not be accepted.

Please follow the application instructions carefully and address the Evaluation Criteria. Applications with incomplete and/or missing information will not be eligible for funding.

Federal transit law requires that projects selected for funding under the Section 5310 Program must be included in a locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan). Because Metro is still in the process of updating the Coordinated Plan for Los Angeles County, applicants should refer to the 2008 Coordinated Plan when responding to any question or addressing instructions related to the “Coordinated Plan Update” (page 2 of Part I, Section A of Part II, and pages 9, 11, and 13 of the Application Package). Applicants may be required to submit supplemental information about their proposed projects to ensure they are considered during the development of the Coordinated Plan Update.

To ensure that projects are included in the Updated Coordinated Plan, potential applicants are required to submit a two-page “Project Concept” to Metro by email at Section5310@metro.net by 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015. The Project Concept should include a brief overview of the proposed project, including milestones, budget, funding sources (including available and shortfalls), need, service area(s), and target populations.

When mailing or hand delivering the application, please submit to:

Metro
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
23rd Floor
Attn: Section 5310 Program - Annelle Albarran

Potential applicants are highly encouraged to attend one of the following workshops:

  • Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Metro Headquarters, 4th Floor, University Conference Room
    1 Gateway Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Metro Headquarters, 4th Floor, Plaza View Conference Room
    1 Gateway Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Metro Headquarters, 15th Floor, Mulholland Conference Room
    1 Gateway Plaza
    Los Angeles, CA 90012

Additional workshops or meetings with potential applicants can be scheduled upon request. For further information or to R.S.V.P. for one of the above workshops, please contact Mercedes Meneses at (213) 922-2880 or at menesesm@metro.net.

Funding Selection Process

Projects will be awarded through a competitive application process. A multi-agency evaluation team will review and score the applications. Projects scoring 70 points or higher will be considered for funding. Projects will be evaluated based on how well they meet the goals and objectives of the Section 5310 Program as well as the established evaluation criteria for the Fiscal Year 2015 Solicitation for Proposals.

Appeals Process

For projects scoring below 70 points, Project Sponsors may request an appeal by submitting an Appeal Fact Sheet to Metro. The deadline for appeals will be announced at a future date after all projects have been evaluated and scored.


 

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) has begun the development of the 2016-2019 Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County (the “Coordinated Plan”). The Coordinated Plan aims to:

i. Identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and people with low incomes (“target populations”);
ii. Provide strategies for meeting those local needs; and
iii. Prioritize transportation services and projects for funding and implementation.

The Coordinated Plan is also necessary to meet the requirements of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program that was authorized by Congress in 2012 in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). The goal of the Section 5310 Program is to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the availability of transportation mobility options. Section 5310 Program funds are available for capital and operating expenses, including those that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and those that were previously eligible for funding under the Section 5317 New Freedom Program (repealed and merged by MAP-21 into the Section 5310 Program).

As the Designated Recipient of federal Section 5310 Program funds allocated to large urbanized areas within Los Angeles County (about $7 million per year), LACMTA recommends projects in these areas selected through a competitive process to FTA for a funding award. The California Department of Transportation recommends projects for a funding award in rural areas of Los Angeles County to FTA by also following a competitive process. MAP-21 requires (to the maximum extent feasible) that funded services be coordinated with transportation services assisted by other federal departments and agencies. MAP-21 also requires projects selected for funding to be included in the Coordinated Plan and be developed and approved through a process that included participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private and nonprofit transportation and human services providers, and other members of the public (e.g., persons of low-income, etc.).

We invite the general public, stakeholder agencies, and clients and consumers of transportation services provided to the identified target populations to participate in the development and approval of the Coordinated Plan. Comments can be submitted to Section5310@metro.net. Comments can also be provided during the 30-day public comment period and at public hearings scheduled throughout Los Angeles County. Stakeholder agencies can also complete a survey and attend one of several Stakeholder Forums scheduled throughout Los Angeles County during March 2015. Also, members from the identified target populations can participate in Consumer Focus Groups scheduled throughout Los Angeles County during March 2015. The following links provide more detailed information about scheduled activities.

Notice
Agency Survey Form
Schedule of Forums and Focus Groups


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