Section 5310

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The RTA and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are co-designated recipients of Section 5310 funding for Northeastern Illinois.

Call for Projects and Application Submittal

The RTA is seeking applications for eligible Section 5310 projects in the Northeastern Illinois. Section 5310 funds are available for operating, mobility management, and capital expenses, other than rolling stock, to support the provision of transportation services to meet the specific needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

RTA Call for Projects Schedule

March 1, 2017 Call for Projects
May 1, 2017 Applications Due
July 1-31, 2017 Public Comment Period
August 4, 2017 Presentation of Recommended Program of Projects (POP) to CMAP
August 24, 2017 Recommended POP Presented to RTA Board

 

Funding Availability

The funding available for Northeastern Illinois is based on the FY2016 apportionment and FY2017 partial apportionment and estimate.

  FY2016 (actual) FY2017 (est.)** Total
Northeastern Illinois Apportionment $6,088,906 $ 5,971,815 $12,060,721
Traditional 5310 Projects 55% Minimum Threshold Mark* $3,348,898 $ 3,284,498 $6,633,396
All Other 5310 Projects 45% Ceiling Mark $2,740,008 $ 2,687,316 $5,427,325

Source: Federal Transit Administration - https://cms.fta.dot.gov/funding/apportionments

*A portion of the funds in the Traditional category will be allocated to IDOT for the purchase of paratransit vehicles. The amount will be determined in conjunction with the development of the recommended Program of Projects.
**FY2017 includes $3,483,317 in partial apportionments and an estimated $2,488,498 for balance of the year
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IDOT is responsible for project selection and the award of Section 5310 funded paratransit vehicles in Northeastern Illinois through its Consolidated Vehicle Program (CVP).  IDOT’s Section 5310 2017 CVP Rolling Stock Capital Assistance Application is available for download from the IDOT website, refer to:  http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/resources/Forms-Folder/p

Project Selection

All projects will be competitively selected through this open call for projects. Applications submitted will first be reviewed by RTA for eligibility and then referred to a Project Selection Team (PST) for evaluation based on the criteria included in the application. The PST is made up of five staff: one from Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and two each from RTA and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Upon completion of the project evaluations, a recommended Program of Projects will be released for public comment. Following the public comment period, the RTA Board will be presented the Program of Projects for approval.

Completing and Submitting the Application

The RTA Section 5310 Application can be downloaded by clicking here: [Link to Application]. Please note that the Application should be “Saved As” a new document titled, [Applicant Name] 2016 & 2017 5310 Application. Wherever a response is required by the applicant, there are shaded text “fields” that can be filled out individually and will expand to accommodate the amount of text.

Submittal Instructions (Paper or electronic applications are acceptable - All submitted applications will be published on RTA’s website: http://www.rtachicago.com/index.php/plans-programs/grants-projects/section-5310.html.)

Email:
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Mail:
Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Application
Attn: Grants Management Division
Regional Transportation Authority,
175 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1650
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Section 5310 Program Background

The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The RTA’s Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Coordinated Plan (HSTP) , as required by FTA, sets forth policies and strategies for the Section 5310 program in Northeastern Illinois. Projects approved by the RTA Board for inclusion in the Section 5310 Program of Projects are incorporated into the HSTP Plan.

The HSTP originally developed in 2007 was updated and approved by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board in October 2013 in accordance with federal requirements. The HSTP for Northeastern Illinois includes the six-county RTA region, comprising Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will counties, plus the urbanized portions of Kendall County, Sandwich Township (DeKalb County), Somonauk Township (DeKalb County), and Aux Sable Township (Grundy County).

A complete list of Section 5310 subrecipients and project descriptions are available on RTAMS

 

 Section 5310 Program Management Plan

HSTP Update

2007 HSTP

Sustainable Funding Study Final report 112116