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Federal Section 5310, Section 5316, and Section 5317 Programs

Metro is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Federal Section 5310, Section 5316, and Section 5317 Programs for eligible projects that best achieve program goals and meet program requirements as detailed in the FY 2017 Solicitation for Proposals & Application Package . The solicitation is a competitive selection process that will result in the award of available federal grants apportioned by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to eligible agencies through Metro. Approved awards will be authorized by way of fully executed Funding Agreement by/between successful applicant and Metro.

The following summarizes the FTA grant programs that provided the funding made available as pass-through grants through this solicitation:

  • Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) . The Section 5310 Program provides operating and capital assistance  to eligible private non-profit organizations, and/or State or local government authorities 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 up to $9,692,287 for eligible applicants and projects.
  • Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) Program (Section 5316) . The Section 5316 Program provides operating and capital assistance to eligible private nonprofit organizations, State or local governmental authorities, and/or operators of public transportation under specific conditions for projects that improve access to employment-related transportation services for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals, and/or transport residents of urbanized and rural areas to suburban employment opportunities.  Total FY17 grant funding available is up to $8,013,181 for eligible applicants and projects
  • New Freedom Program (Section 5317) . The Section 5317 Program provides operating and capital assistance to eligible private nonprofit organizations, State or local governmental authorities, and/or operators of public transportation under specific conditions for new public transportation services beyond those required by the ADA and/or new public transportation alternatives beyond those required by the ADA, designed to assist individuals with disabilities with accessing transportation services.  Total grant funding available is up to $665,306 for eligible applicants and projects.

Federal transit law, as amended by MAP-21, requires that projects funded under the Section 5310, Section 5316, and Section 5317 Programs 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 2017 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.


Applicants are encouraged to consider the entire FY 2017 Solicitation for Proposals & Application Package carefully with particular attention to Application Instructions and Application Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria to inform a complete and responsive application that sufficiently addresses each of the required and applicable components.

The Application Package provided here includes the required forms and documents to submit a complete application.  Downloadable forms and documents are available in PDF fillable format and Excel worksheets for your convenience.

Application Package Print

Application Package Download

Submittal Instructions

A complete application includes Part I – Part IV and all applicable attachments and shall consist of the signed original proposal, 5 hard copies of the signed proposal, and 2 electronic copies (DVD, CD, flash drive, etc.) of the signed proposal including all attachments. Incomplete applications may render the proposal non-responsive and may not be considered further.

Applications shall be addressed and delivered to:

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Regional Grants Management
One Gateway Plaza
Mail Stop 99-23-3
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952

Applications must be delivered to Metro or postmarked no later than 3:00 PM, Friday April 28, 2017


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

  • Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017*
    Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Location: Metro Headquarters, 4 th Floor, University Conference Room
    1 Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017*
    Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location: Metro Headquarters, 15 th Floor, Mulholland Conference Room
    1 Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017*
    Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location: Metro Headquarters, 4 th Floor, University Conference Room
    1 Gateway Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90012

*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(s) of interest, and accommodations (if any) required.

Additional workshops organized by supervisorial district, audience, category, and one-on-one meetings with potential applicants may be organized as requested.


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