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 was available for public review and comment through April 19, 2021. The final plan was approved by the Metro Board or Directors during their June 24, 2021 regular board meeting.
Final 2021-2024 Coordinated Plan
You can also download a print version of the plan here .