Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan for Los Angeles County
Metro is in the process of updating its 2016-2019 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 update 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.
Amended by Congress in 2012 as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and reauthorized the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 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. 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 Coordinated Plan Update. 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 is collecting input from stakeholders, agencies and transportation service organizations through a series of focus groups and service provider surveys. The information gathered in the target group meetings and survey responses will be analyzed and documented in a Draft Coordinated Plan Update. The draft plan will be circulated for public review and comment targeted for Spring 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.
As a transit-human service provider that offers community transportation services for seniors and persons with disabilities, Metro needs input and feedback on current and future needs, challenges and anticipated changes in service due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please complete a survey to help Metro better understand the specific mobility needs and concerns that your organization and clients face, as well as proposed strategies and priorities to address them. Please expect the survey to be a minimum of thirty (30) minutes and up to one hour. We suggest you complete in one sitting as you are not able to save the information inputted. At the end of the survey is a Project Concept Form to tell us about the transportation projects and programs your organization may be interested in for the next FTA 5310 Program funding cycle(s).
- Surveys can be completed online at MetroCPUSurvey.com.
- Surveys can also be downloaded, filled out and emailed to email@example.com.
- If you prefer to mail a hard copy of the survey, please mail to:
One Gateway Plaza, MS 99-23-3
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2952
Attention: Coordinated Plan Update
You can download the Agency/Service Provider Survey and Project Concept Form and submit by email or mail, as noted above. Please only submit one survey per agency/organization. Multiple Project Concept Forms can be submitted as needed.
Based on feedback received, Metro has extended the survey deadline from Tuesday, December 15, 2020 to Friday, January 8, 2021, to provide additional time to gather information as needed.
Focus Group Meetings were held in November 2020 for stakeholders to provide input for consideration in the 2021-2024 update. Over sixty (60) participants joined the meetings and provided input on current services, gaps and challenges, and future potential projects and programs in LA County. The presentation can be accessed in the link below.
We anticipate the Draft Coordinated Plan Update will be released in Spring 2021, with a 30-day public comment period. Input received during this time will be considered for incorporation into the Coordinated Plan Update.
A tentative schedule for the 2021-2024 Coordinated Plan Update is as follows:
Service Provider Surveys available online
November 9, 2020
Service Provider Surveys due — extended
January 8, 2021
Anticipated Release Draft Coordinated Plan Update for public review and comment
Anticipated Distribute Final Coordinated Plan Update
Anticipated Final Coordinated Plan Update