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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

Metro is in the process of updating its Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan (plan) for LA County. The plan addresses the regional transportation needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, low-income individuals and veterans. The plan will also address federal requirements per the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Section 5310 funding process for urbanized and rural areas. The plan will:

  • Assess transportation services provided for target population groups.
  • Consider and evaluate current and future transportation needs.
  • Develop goals and strategies to address gaps in existing transportation services.
  • Prioritize projects and programs that will improve mobility for target population groups.

The goal of the FTA Section 5310 Program is to improve mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the availability of transportation options. The program is part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21), which was amended by Congress in 2021 to enhance the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. FTA Section 5310 Program funds are available for capital and operating assistance 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; iii) improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit and/or iv) provide alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and persons with disabilities.

As the Designated Recipient of FTA Section 5310 Program funds in the urbanized areas of LA County, Metro will recommend projects for funding through a review process based on priorities and strategies identified in the 2021-2024 Coordinated Plan. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recommends projects for FTA Section 5310 funding in the rural areas of LA County.

As part of the plan, Metro collected input from stakeholders, agencies and transportation service organizations through a series of focus groups and service provider surveys. Information gathered in the target group meetings and survey responses were analyzed and considered as part of the Draft Coordinated Plan. The draft plan is available for public review and comment through April 19, 2021. Once all public comment has been received and analyzed, a final plan is targeted for release by summer 2021*.

*Note: Dates are subject to change.

Draft Coordinated Plan
Virtual Community Meeting
Schedule of Activities

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