TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
provide financial assistance in meeting the transportation needs
of elderly persons and persons with disabilities where public transportation
services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate. The Section
5310 program is designed to supplement FTA's other capital assistance
programs by funding transportation projects for elderly persons
and persons with disabilities in all areas - urbanized, small urban,
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AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
5310 funding may be used for eligible capital expenses needed to
provide efficient and coordinated specialized transportation service
for elderly persons and persons with disabilities. Projects must
provide for the maximum feasible coordination of transportation
services assisted under this section with transportation assisted
by other Federal sources and must provide for the maximum feasible
participation of private-for-profit operators.
Eligibility: Private nonprofit organizations.
Public bodies approved by the State to coordinate services for elderly
persons and persons with disabilities and public bodies which certify
to governor that no nonprofit corporations or associations are readily
available in an area to provide the service.
AND AWARD PROCESS:
Eligibility: Elderly persons and persons with
Costs will be determined in accordance with The Elderly and Persons
with Disabilities Program Guidance and Application Instructions
(FTA Circular 9070.1E) issued on October 1, 1998, and subsequent
updates (based on OMB Circular No. A-87). The documents and procedures
required of applicants are specified in the above guidance. Federal
Register Notice "FTA Fiscal Year 2001 Apportionments, Allocations,
and Program Information" contains the elderly and persons with
disabilities apportionments in Table 6. For fiscal year 2000,
the publication date was January 18, 2001. For other fiscal years,
contact the FTA Regional Office to obtain the publication dates.
FTA website: www.fta.dot.gov/library/legal.
Coordination: This program is eligible for coverage
under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs."
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as
the single point of contact in his or her State for more information
on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for
assistance. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal
agency and required by 49 CFR Parts 18 or Part 19 must be used for
Procedure: Applicant should submit application
to the State agency designated by the Governor to administer the
program. This agency will evaluate, select and approve eligible
applicants and submit a program of projects to the Federal Transit
Administration. The provisions of 49 CFR Part 18 apply to the
State and governmental bodies and 49 CFR Part 19 applies to private
Procedure: The Federal Transit Administration
approves the State's Program of Projects. FTA is responsible for
providing notification of approval to the State-designated agency.
As prescribed by the State agency designated to administer the
Section 5310 program.
of Approval/Disapproval Time: As prescribed
by the State agency designated to administer the Elderly and Persons
with Disabilities program. FTA approves grants on a quarterly
Interested persons are afforded the opportunity of a public hearing
for capital projects.
As determined by the designated State agency.
and Matching Requirements: Funds for this program
are allocated among the States by a formula which is based on the
population of elderly persons and persons with disabilities in each
State according to the latest U.S. Census population figures. Grants
may be made for 80 percent of the eligible project costs. Vehicle
related equipment required to comply with ADA or the Clean Air Act
may be funded at 90 percent Federal share.
and Time Phasing of Assistance: Section 5310
program funds are available to the States only in the fiscal year
in which they were allocated. Unobligated Section 5310 funds may
be transferred to the Section 5311 or Section 5307 programs within
the last 90 days of the fiscal year. Any funds not obligated or
transferred by the end of the fiscal year will be redistributed
to all the States by formula in the succeeding fiscal year.
As requested by the State and Federal agencies administering the
program. States must submit annual status reports and annual financial
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised,
June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit
Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance
of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a
program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities
that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted
in Circular No. A-133.
Recipient is required to retain intact, for 3 years following
submission of the final financial report, all contract documents,
financial records, and supporting documents with the following
qualification: If any litigation, claim or audit is started before
the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained
until all litigation, claims or audit findings involving the records
have been resolved.
(Grants) FY 01 $174,788,000; FY 02 est $84,605,000; and FY 03
and Average of Financial Assistance: Not applicable.
This special program of assistance was begun in fiscal year 1975,
when $20 million was distributed to more than 1,000 private nonprofit
organizations to purchase vehicles to transport the elderly and
persons with disabilities. Continuation of this program has enabled
thousands of elderly persons and persons with disabilities to achieve
greater mobility and independence.
GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
FTA Circular 9070.1E, The Elderly and Persons with Disabilities
Program Guidance and Application Instructions, dated October 1,
or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog
for the address of Federal Transit Administration's Regional Offices.
State- Designated Agency: The Governor in each State has designated
a State agency to administer the Section 5310 program.
Office: Federal Transit Administration, Office
of Program Management, Office of Resource Management and State
Programs, 400 7th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone:
(202) 366-2053. Sue Masselink, Program Coordinator, (202) 366-1630.
Site Address: http://www.fta.dot.gov
OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
A typical project provided $1 million to a State that used the funds
to purchase 35 accessible vehicles for 30 local subrecipients throughout
FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
As described by the State designated agency.