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Section 5310

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

Program overview

The Section 5310 program was established by the Federal Transit Authority as a discretionary capital assistance program. In cases where public transit is inadequate or inappropriate, the program awards grants to private non-profit organizations to serve the transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) provided federal funding for surface transportation, including the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 program. Funding allocations are made by MnDOT on an annual, competitive basis.

The MnDOT Office of Transit coordinates the Rural, Small Urban and Large Urban 5310 programs. Minnesota’s small urban areas include Duluth, East Grand Forks, Mankato, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Rochester, and La Crescent. Minnesota’s Large Urban is the 7-county metro area including Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Who is eligible to apply

  • Tribal governments
  • State or local governments
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Operators of public transportation services
  • Private operators of public transportation services


Annual Section 5310 Program solicitations
  • Traditional Vehicle Capital solicitation
  • Transit Coordination Assistance Project (TCAP) solicitation
  • Safe Access to Bus Stops applications (SABS)

The application process for these three projects is currently closed.

The application process for fiscal year 2019 for each of these will begin in Spring along as follows:

Program workshops
  • North: Tuesday, April 3, Baxter
  • South: Thursday, April 5, Mankato
  • Metro: Thursday, April 9, Twin Cities
2018 Program schedule
  • Solicitation Opens: April 2
  • 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: October
  • Contract execution goal: Spring 2019

NOTE: Please check back on this website as additional information (including updated application instructions) will follow.

Special Solicitation – Small Urban Traditional Vehicle Capital

This application is now closed.

Opens January 16, 2018 through February 12, 2018.

Note: a previous version of the Special Solicitation application included references to a due date of Friday, February 16, 2018. This was in error. The application was due Monday, February 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM Central time.

2018 Special Solicitation 5310 Vehicle Application
The Office of Transit and Active Transportation seeks proposals from public and nonprofit agencies to provide Transportation services for the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilities in “Small Urban” Markets throughout greater Minnesota. The solicitation will open on January 16, 2018 and remain available through February 12, 2018.

Please download the Special Solicitation Application instructions (Word) for all the information necessary to submit a grant application to participate in the program.



Robert Clarksen
Program coordinator

Section 5310

Transit Coordination Assistance Projects

Human and transportation services are delivered to the general public from a variety of organizations: county governments, transit agencies, non-profits and private business among them. Provision of these services is supported by a variety of state and federal government funding initiatives.  

In Minnesota, transit projects using the Federal Transit Administration’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) for funding must be derived 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 directly linking transportation providers 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.

State and federal program information

Minnesota information

2017 recipient awards


  • Ability Building Center, Rochester
  • Achieve Services, Inc., Blaine
  • Augustana Chapel View Homes, Inc., St. Louis Park
  • Cedar Valley Services, Inc., Albert Lea
  • Functional Industries, Inc., Buffalo
  • Le Sueur County Developmental Services, Inc., Waterville
  • Mankato Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Chaska
  • Mankato Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Mankato
  • Mankato Rehabilitation Center, Inc., Rosemount
  • Midwest Special Services, Inc., St. Paul
  • NEWTRAX, Inc., White Bear Lake
  • Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc., Roseville
  • Polk County DAC, Crookston
  • ProAct, Inc., Eagan
  • Rock County Opportunities, Inc., Luverne
  • Swift County Development Achievement Center, Benson
  • Volunteers of America of Minnesota, Minneapolis
  • WACOSA, Waite Park
  • White Earth Reservation Tribal Council, Ogema

Transit coordination assistance projects

  • Dakota County, Hastings
  • NEWTRAX, Inc., White Bear Lake
  • Scott County, Shakopee
  • Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
  • United Community Action Partnership, Inc., Marshall