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Section 5310

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

Program update - March 11, 2019

The 2020 Application cycle for the Section 5310 Program has been put on hold. This status update is applicable to the entire Section 5310 Program, meaning the Annual solicitation process for Traditional Vehicle and Transit Coordination Assistance Projects statewide will be on a delayed calendar that has yet to be determined.

The Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) continues to restructure, as staff take on new assignments and the organization continues to evolve. As part of this, all current 5310 providers recently received notification of new Project Manager assignments for the metro area and Greater Minnesota, as follows:

  • Sue Siemers - Greater Minnesota Traditional Vehicle based 5310 projects
  • Brien Konkol - Metro based Traditional 5310 Vehicle projects
  • Robert Clarksen – Program Management support for the Section 5310 program

As the Office of Transit continues to explore methods to better coordinate with our stakeholders, we are working on an initiative to develop a multiple-year solicitation, and other improvement to the programs process. Because of this initiative, the annual 5310 solicitation will be delayed this year. Formal dates for the Section 5310 workshops (which are normally scheduled for early April) have not been determined at this time.

Please check back for additional announcements as we retool the application process, and thank you for your continued service to transit riders throughout Minnesota via your agencies participation in the Section 5310 Program.

2019 recipient awards

In the summer of 2018, MNDOT’s Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) solicited for Vehicle Capital and Transit Coordination Assistance projects on a statewide basis. In the 2018 solicitation, the state received over 20 applications for over 40 projects in rural and urban locations throughout the State of Minnesota. The Section 5310 Program reviewed all the applications before a statewide committee, which provides the Office of Transit with direction regarding which projects to fund. Ultimately, 36 of the projects scored sufficiently and demonstrated eligibility for awards which were granted during the winter of 2018/19.

The following list provides a detailed account of the awards made for Vehicle and Transit Coordination projects throughout the state for implementation in calendar year 2019:

Traditional Vehicle Projects

Large Urban Traditional Vehicle Projects

Organization Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

Federal Share

Local Share

Rise, Incorporated

Purchase four (4) replacement <30' (Class 400) buses, and one (1) expansion  <30' (Class 400) bus

 

$405,000

 

$324,000

 

$81,000

Newtrax, Inc

Purchase six (6) replacement <30' (Class 400) buses

 

$486,000

 

$388,800

 

$97,200

Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc.

Purchase two (2) replacement <30' (Class 400) buses

 

$162,000

 

$129,600

 

$32,400

Midwest Special Services, Inc.

Purchase three (3) replacement <30' (Class 400) buses

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Achieve Services, Inc.

Purchase one (1) replacement standard 35' Class 500 bus

 

$142,000

 

$113,600

 

$28,400

ProAct, Inc.- Eagan

Purchase two (2) replacement <30' (Class 400) buses

 

$162,000

 

$129,600

 

$32,400

Large Urban Vehicle Totals:

 

$1,438,000

$1,150,400

$287,600

 

Small Urban Traditional Vehicle Projects

Organization Name Project Description Total Project Cost Federal Share Local Share

WACOSA

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

$ 16,200

Mankato Rehabilitation Center, Inc. - Mankato

Purchase one (1) expansion <30' (Class 400)

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Small Urban Traditional Vehicle Totals:

 

 $162,000

 $129,600

 $32,400

 

Rural Traditional Vehicle Projects

Organization Name

Project Description

Total Project Cost

Federal Share

Local Share

Options, Inc.

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

STEP, Inc.

Purchase one (1) expansion <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Norman County Developmental Activities Center

Purchase two (2) expansion <30 bus Class 400 buses

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Center, Inc.

Purchase one (1) expansion <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Polk County DAC, Inc.

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Winona ORC Industries, Inc.

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Epic Enterprise, Inc.

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Ability Building Center- Caledonia

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

White Earth Reservation Tribal Council

Purchase one (1) replacement <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Employment Enterprises, Inc.

Purchase one (1) expansion <30 bus Class 400 bus

 

$81,000

 

$64,800

 

$16,200

Northern Itasca Hospital District

Purchase one (1) expansion <30 bus Class 300 bus

 

$74,000

 

$59,200

 

$14,800

Rural Traditional Vehicle Totals:

 

$884,000

$707,200

$176,800

Vehicle Capital Total:   $2,484,000 $1,987,200 $496,800

 

Transportation Coordination Assistance Projects

Organization Name Project Description Total Project Cost Federal Share Local Share
Dakota County Mobility management services in the Southeast Metro  $295,000.00  $236,000.00  $59,000.00
Newtrax, Inc Mobility management services in the Northeast/East Metro area  $188,676.00  $150,940.80  $37,735.20
Washington County Mobility management services in the East Metro area  $115,000.00  $92,000.00  $23,000.00
Anoka County Mobility management services in the Northwest Metro area  $150,000.00  $120,000.00  $30,000.00
Hennepin County Mobility management services in the Central/West Metro area  $120,000.00  $96,000.00  $24,000.00
Scott County Mobility management services in the Southwest Metro area  $375,000.00  $300,000.00  $75,000.00
Transit Coordination Assistance Projects Totals:   $1,243,676 $994,940.80 $248,735.20

Section 5310 Combined Program Total   $3,727,676.00 $2,982,140.80 $745,535.20

Program schedule

The application process for fiscal year 2019 begins with the Annual Spring Workshops and the opening of the solicitation.

  • Solicitation Opens:                            April 2
  • Program Workshops                         April 3rd, 5th, and 9th
  • Public Notification:                            Friday, June 15 (Vehicle projects only – see instructions)
  • Application due date:                        Friday, June 29
  • Statewide review committee:          Wednesday, August 8
  • Notification of Grant Award:            Fall/October
  • Contract execution goal:                 Spring 2019

Technical workshops

In 2018, workshops were held in 3 locations around the state. Each workshop has a morning and afternoon session. All current Section 5310 program recipients should attend the morning session of one of the workshops (9 a.m. – noon). Current recipients are encouraged to stay for the afternoon session, although this is not required. The afternoon session of each workshop (1:30 - 4 PM) targets potential/future applicants to the Section 5310 program.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in Baxter
MnDOT Training Center
7694 Industrial Park Road 
Baxter, MN 56425-8096

Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Mankato
MnDOT District Office
2151 Bassett Drive
Mankato, MN 56001-688

Monday, April 9, 2018 in Shoreview
MnDOT District Office
1900 County Road I West 
Shoreview, MN 55126

Workshop Resources

Annual solicitations for the Section 5310 program

Applications for State Fiscal Year 2019 are now available. Applicants may access the Blackcat Grants Management System to register your organizations and begin the State Fiscal Year 2019 application process for the Section 5310 Program. Follow the links below for application instructions.

Vehicle Capital projects

The State of Minnesota funds the purchase of vehicles to support eligible activities through the FTA Section 5310 program.

  • The Annual Solicitation for Traditional Vehicle Capital is now open. Download a copy (Word) of the application instructions and get started on your Vehicle Capital application!

Transit Coordination Assistance (TCAP) projects

A variety of State and Federal organizations provide human and/or transportation services to the general public. Among these are county governments, transit agencies, non-profit agencies, and private businesses. The provision of these services is supported by a variety of state and federal government funding initiatives.  

In Minnesota, transit projects utilizing funds from the Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program must originate from a locally-developed plan for public transit and human services transportation coordination.

Transit Coordination Assistance Projects (TCAPs) are 5310 projects intended to develop Mobility Management or Marketing and Education programs, and they are typically coordinated at a “regional” scale. In the metropolitan area, this is typically on a countywide basis, while in greater Minnesota it frequently involves multiple counties functioning as a program unit.

The Office of Transit and Active Transportation promotes "transportation coordination" under the guise of the FTA’s 5310 Program by facilitating collaborative programming for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities by linking transportation providers directly with human service agencies and other stakeholders to enhance program effectiveness and funding efficiency.

The existing coordination plans were prepared under the requirements of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which requires updates every four years.

  • The annual Solicitation for Transit Coordination Assistance Projects (TCAP) is now open: Download a copy (Word) of the Application instructions and get started on your TCAP application!

Safe Access to Bus Stops (SABS) projects

MNDOT’s Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) solicited applications for Safe Access to Bus Stops projects in the second quarter of 2017. After extensive deliberation, OTAT decided to delay awards for this element of the 5310 program indefinitely. The decision to delay awards for this inaugural Safe Access to Bus Stops solicitation was made to address certain issues that surfaced upon review of the 2017 applications, and provide future administrative clarity. In the Spring of 2018, notifications were sent to respondents of the solicitation regarding this development. It is the Office of Transit and Active Transportation’s intention to solicit for these projects again, possibly in the fall of 2018.

  • Safe Access to Bus Stops applications (SABS): The application process for the Safe Access to Bus Stops is currently closed.

Section 5310 Resources for Programs operating in Minnesota

Greater Minnesota Transit Information

Additional References