Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities - FTA 5310 Grant Program

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 Salt Lake, Weber, Davis and Utah counties as well as Brigham City, Willard and Perry, can readily determine if their respective agency is qualified to submit an application to The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) for funds available from FTA.

Program Purpose

The Section 5310 program provides financial assistance for capital and operating projects that are 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. Additionally, funds can be used for projects that exceed the requirements of the ADA; improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit; and for alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities.

UTA is responsible for the management and administration of FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program in Utah’s three Urbanized Areas (UZAs). Each UZA has developed a Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan). All applications are required to be derived from the Coordinated Plan and include as a key element coordination with other agencies receiving 5310 funds.

Funding Selection Process

Projects are awarded through a competitive application process. Local Mobility Coordinating Councils in each of the UZAs score projects from their region utilizing the UTA 5310 Grant Management Advisory Team’s adopted project-scoring criteria.

Once approved by FTA, successful applicants enter into a Standard Agreement with UTA. The agreement remains in effect until the terms of the contract are met. Grantees are responsible for complying with the requirements of the UTA agreement and applicable FTA regulations. All grants are subject to the requirements of UTA’s 5310 Program Management Plan.

UTA 5310 Program Management Plan

Announcement of FY 2016 and FY 2017 FTA 5310 Funding Availability

The Utah Transit Authority will be accepting applications for FTA 5310 - Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Persons with Disabilities funds in Utah’s large urban areas (UZA). The following are the available funds for each UZA including carry over funds from the FY2015 allocation, and the allocations for FY2016 and 2017.

  • Salt Lake City/West Valley City UZA (Salt Lake County) $1,477,137
  • Ogden/Layton UZA (Weber/Davis and parts of Box Elder Counties) $689,091
  • Provo/Orem UZA (Utah County) $557,559

*For exact UZA boundaries see UZA maps provided in the application instructions.

December 15, 2015
Notice of Funding Availability, grant application sample available.

February, 1, 2017
Application period opens

January 15 – February 15, 2017
Mandatory application workshops,

March 27, 2017 
Application Due by 5:00 pm

Eligibility

Eligible Projects

Funding is available for capital and operating expenses for transportation programs serving seniors and individuals with disabilities. Including:

  • Capital acquisition of vehicles (Buses, Vans)
  • Maintenance related equipment
  • Wheelchair lifts and restraints
  • Radios and communication equipment
  • Vehicle shelters
  • Vehicle rehabilitation, manufacture or overhaul
  • Preventive maintenance, as defined in the National Transit Database (NTD)
  • Extended warranties which do not exceed the industry standard
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Initial component installation costs
  • Vehicle procurement, testing, inspection, and acceptance costs
  • Lease of equipment when leasing is more cost effective than purchase
  • Acquisition of transportation services under a contract (purchased transportation), lease or other arrangement
  • Introduction of new technology, through innovative and improved products, for public transportation
  • Transit related intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Supporting new mobility management and coordination programs among public transportation providers and other human service agencies providing transportation

Eligible Applicants

  • Private nonprofit organization;
  • State or local government authority; or
  • Operators of public transportation that receives a 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient.

And the agency must attend one the following mandatory transportation workshops

  • Davis County Health, Clearfield (January 25, 2017)
  • Mountainland Association of Governments, Orem (January 24, 2017)
  • Utah Transit Authority, Salt Lake City (January 26, 2017)

Eligible Project Areas

  • Weber and Davis County, and areas within areas within Brigham City, Perry, and/or Willard Cities
  • Salt Lake County
  • Utah County

Application Cycle

  • Federal Fiscal Years 2016, 2017 and the remaining FY 2015 funds will be available for application February 1, 2017
  • UTA is in the process of implementing an online grant application and management process. The implementation of this will delay the opening of the application period by two weeks.
  • Completed applications will be submitted online through the application portal. UTA will provide information about the process at the application workshops listed above.
  • If the application needs to be provided in a hard copy, please submit your request by email to hmahoney@rideuta.com. Final applications must be submitted by:

    hand-delivery or mail to -
    ATTN: Holly Mahoney
    Utah Transit Authority
    669 W 200 S
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101
  • Completed applications must be received, or postmarked, by 5:00 pm (MDT) on March 15, 2017 in order to be considered eligible for funding
  • Incomplete applications will not be eligible for award
  • Applicants will be notified of project award in June 2017

Alternative Formats are available upon request.

Questions? Contact

Holly Mahoney, UTA Coordinated Mobility Grants Administrator

(801) 237-1994 / hmahoney@rideuta.com

FTA 5310 Application Documents

The FTA 5310 Application will be available February 1, 2017. A link to the application portal will be posted on the UTA website www.rideuta.com/5310 or www.utahridelink.org/5310-Grant.

If you require an alternative format, please contact Holly Mahoney at (801) 237-1994 or at hmahoney@rideuta.com.

5310 Documents

5310_UTA_FY2016_Application_Draft
5310_UTA_FY2016_Application_Instructions_Draft

Coordination Needs and Strategies

In order to be eligible for FTA 5310 funding, your project must address a need or strategy identified in the Finalized 2017 coordinated plans. The 2015 Coordination Needs and Strategies (excerpted from the coordinated plans) for Davis, Salt Lake, Utah, and Weber, and the area of Brigham City, Perry, and Willard are provided for your use in developing the 5310 Application.

Mobility Plans

Purpose of Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plans

The below Mobility Plans meet the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) coordination requirements outlined in the June 6, 2014 FTA Circular 9070.1G which is a reissuance of guidance under the 49 U.S.C.5310 grant program. FTA guidance defines the plan as, “locally developed, coordinated public-transit human services transportation plan identifying the trans¬portation needs of individuals with disabili¬ties, seniors, and people with low incomes; provides strategies for meeting those local needs; and prioritizes transportation ser¬vices and projects for funding and imple¬mentation” and that the plan be “developed and approved through process that included participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of the public, private and nonprofit transportation and hu¬man services providers and other members of the public.”

Under direction of these Federal guidelines, UTA’s Coordinated Mobility Department oversees the development of the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plans for three urbanized areas (UZAs): Ogden-Layton, Salt Lake-West Valley, Orem-Provo. These plans are the result of the collective effort of the Local Coordinating Councils. The Council participants represent transit agencies, government agencies, non-profit organizations, private companies, human service providers, and representa¬tives of the public which includes represen¬tation from the senior and disability commu-nities, among others. The Councils aims are to define strategies and identify projects that will meet mobility gaps of disadvantaged groups within the UZA areas.

The purpose of these plans is to:

  • Assess available services while identifying current transportation providers,
  • Identify the transportation needs of disadvantaged communities within the county areas,
  • Formulate strategies to address transportation needs,
  • Develop a project-level plan for transportation services.

Planning methodology includes:

  • An extensive Human Service Transportation Provider inventory,
  • Evaluation of current services,
  • Numerous discussion meetings of the Local Coordinating Council,
  • Needs/gaps assessment,
  • Strategy development,
  • Identification/ranking of projects to meet said needs that are in alignment with said strategies.

Salt Lake County Mobility Plan
Utah County Mobility Plan
Weber County Mobility Plan