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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.

Fixing Americas Surface Transportation (FAST) provides federal funding for surface transportation, including the Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 program. Funding allocations are made by MnDOT on an annual, competitive basis through a formulaic appropriation.

The federal appropriation to the states is provided in three funding areas. In Minnesota, MnDOT’s Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) coordinates the Rural, Small Urban and Large Urban 5310 programs. The FTA regulations define Rural areas as communities of 50,000 or fewer inhabitants, Small Urban areas as locations with between 50,000 and 200,000 people, and Large Urban areas as places with over 200,000 residents.

Minnesota’s Large Urban area consists of Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburban communities within the 7 county metro area. The Metropolitan Council is the designated recipient of 5310 funds in the metro area, and MnDOT partners with the Council to award funds for metro-based projects. Minnesota’s Small Urban areas are the urbanized areas of the 7 communities that form portions of the Metropolitan Statistical Area - Duluth, East Grand Forks, Mankato, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Rochester, and La Crescent – and the communities they neighbor. MnDOT passes funding for projects in these areas through to eligible organizations known as “subrecipients”.

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

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.

2018 recipient awards

In the summer of 2017, MNDOT’s Office of Transit and Active Transportation (OTAT) solicited for Vehicle Capital and Transit Coordination Assistance projects on a statewide basis. The state received over 20 applications for this solicitation. Upon evaluation by the statewide committee, four of the applications (comprised of three Vehicle and one Coordination project) did not score sufficiently for an award.

The state also held a special solicitation for Traditional Vehicle Capital projects in the 7 small urban areas of Minnesota between January 16 and February 12, 2018. When the process closed, the Office of Transit received 3 applications for a total of 4 projects. One application was determined ineligible due to its location outside the small urban area, while the other two applications were accepted.

Finally, a solicitation for Safe Access to Bus Stops projects was held concurrently with the 2017 Vehicle and TCAP solicitation. 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 spring 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.

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 2018.

Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities 2018 Project List   (FTA 5310)
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Organization Project Description Total Cost   Federal Share   Local Share   
Dakota County Mobility Management $             294,000   $             235,200   $               58,800   
Newtrax, Inc. Mobility Management $             190,000   $             152,000   $               38,000   
Scott County Mobility Management $             400,000   $             320,000   $               80,000   
Washington County Mobility Management $             100,000   $               80,000   $               20,000   
Large Urban TCAP Sub Total $       984,000   $       787,200   $       196,800   
United Community Action, Inc.  Mobility Management $             102,000   $               81,600   $               20,400   
Rural TCAP SubTotal $       102,000   $         81,600   $         20,400   
Achieve Services, Inc Vehicle Capital $             142,000   $             113,600   $               28,400   
Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc. Vehicle Capital $             243,000   $             194,400   $               48,600   
TSE, Inc. Vehicle Capital $             162,000   $             129,600   $               32,400   
Lifeworks Services, Inc. Vehicle Capital $             162,000   $             129,600   $               32,400   
East Side Neighborhood Services, Inc. Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Midwest Special Services, Inc. Vehicle Capital $             162,000   $             129,600   $               32,400   
NEWTRAX, Inc. Vehicle Capital $             453,000   $             362,400   $               90,600   
ProAct, Inc. - Eagan Vehicle Capital $             354,000   $             283,200   $               70,800   
Rise, Incorporated Vehicle Capital $             486,000   $             388,800   $               97,200   
Large Urban Vehicle Subtotal $    2,245,000   $    1,796,000   $       449,000   
 
Falls Diverse Abilities Corporation Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Options, Inc.  Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Adult Day Services, Inc. Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Funtional Industries, Inc. Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
ProAct, Inc.- Red Wing  Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Wadena Co. DAC, Inc. Vehicle Capital $               70,000   $               56,000   $               14,000   
Rural Vehicle Subtotal $       475,000   $       380,000   $         95,000   
 
WACOSA Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Connections Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
Small Urban Vehicle Project Total $       162,000   $       129,600   $         32,400   
 
WACOSA Vehicle Capital $               81,000   $               64,800   $               16,200   
UDAC Vehicle Capital $             162,000   $             129,600   $               32,400   
Special Solicitation Small Urban Project Total $       243,000   $       194,400   $         48,600   
 
PROGRAM SUMMARY
Appropriation Splits - Traditional/Nontraditional Projects ** Total Cost   Federal   Local  Split
Non-Traditional Capital Projects Total $         1,086,000   $             868,800  $             217,200  25.80%
Traditional Vehicle Capital Projects Total $         3,125,000   $         2,500,000  $             625,000  74.20%
Program Total - Traditional + Nontraditional   $         4,211,000   $         3,368,800  $             842,200  100.00%
 
Appropriation Totals - Population Regions Total Cost   Federal   Local  Split
Large Urban $         3,229,000   $         2,583,200  $             645,800  76.70%
Small Urban $             405,000   $             324,000  $               81,000  9.60%
Rural $             577,000   $             461,600  $             115,400  13.70%
Program Total - Population Regions   $         4,211,000   $         3,368,800  $             842,200  100.00%
 
** The federal legislation enabling the Section 5310 program requires that funds be split such that Traditional projects constitute no less than 55% of each states apportionment by formula.

Section 5310 Resources for Programs operating in Minnesota

Greater Minnesota Transit Information

Additional References