ConnDOT: Section 5310 Program - Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

 

Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Federal Section 5310)

 
Program Information
 
What is the 5310 Program?
Since 1975, the state of Connecticut has received annual Federal Section 5310 funding for transportation of seniors and individuals with disabilities.  This program has awarded cash grants for qualified recipients towards the purchase of wheelchair accessible vehicles.  Eligible recipients of these funds include private non-profit organizations and local public bodies. In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21, P.L. 112-141) was signed, which has brought changes to the federal surface transportation programs, including Section 5310.
 
 
What’s new for Federal Fiscal Year 2013?
Under MAP-21, the existing award of cash grants for qualified recipients towards the purchase of wheelchair accessible vehicles is maintained and funding has not been reduced. Referred to as “traditional” 5310 or project category A, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will pay 80% of the cost of a wheelchair accessible vehicle.  The remaining vehicle cost must be funded by the awarded recipient.
 
In addition, there are three new categories of project types that can now be funded under Section 5310; categories B, C & D. These categories are similar to the eligible project types under the former Section 5317 Program known as the New Freedom Program.  The four project categories are as follows:
5310 A
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.
 
5310 B
Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the ADA.
 
5310 C
Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed route service and
decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit.
 
5310 D
Alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with
disabilities with transportation.
This FFY 2013 Section 5310 application will look different from previous years. The application package consists of an instructions packet and an application. The instructions packet is for review only. It contains updated program information, instructions on how to complete the application for FFY 2013 and documentation for awarded applicants. The instructions packet should not be submitted with the application.
 
The application itself is organized by project category. Applicants need only complete the section of the application relevant to the project category being applied for. For example, applicants looking to obtain a cash grant for a vehicle would only complete the portions of the application labeled “Section 5310 A.”
 
The application also contains fillable forms which can be updated electronically and then submitted via email, although the application can still be completed on paper.
 
 
Who is eligible to apply?
 
5310 A eligible recipients include:
  • A private non-profit organization
  • A State or local governmental authority that is approved by the State to coordinate services for seniors and persons with disabilities OR certifies that there are no non-profit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service
 
5310 B, C & D eligible recipients include:
  • A private non-profit organization
  • A State or local governmental authority that is approved by the State to coordinate services for seniors and persons with disabilities OR certifies that there are no non-profit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service
  • An operator of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient.
 
What is the application process?
The application and instructions packet for FFY 2013 are available for download. See Application Materials for information on how to complete the application, how to submit it and more.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014.
 
 
How is the program evaluated?
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis through the application process which is reviewed by the Department of Transportation (CTDOT) and Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs). Evaluation Criteria can be found in the Application Instructions packet, Appendix D.
 
Is there other important information to be aware of?
  • The application instructions packet should be read thoroughly and in its entirety before the application is initiated & completed.
  • (Section 5310 A Applicants only) Updated Automobile Liability Insurance Requirements can be found in Appendix F of the Application Instructions packet.
  • (Section 5310 A Applicants only) In addition, a public notice must be placed in a major newspaper with the greatest appropriate readership in the proposed service area. The format for the public notice is included in the Application. The public notice must be published no later than Friday April 25, 2014 to allow for a minimum response time of fifteen days. Any public notice that appears after this date will not be accepted for the FFY 2013 grant application. Both a copy of the public notice and a copy of the paid invoice from the newspaper (tear sheet) must be attached to the application.
 
 


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