Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program
The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program provides Federal funding to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. This program provides grant funds for capital expenses for vehicles and related equipment used to transport seniors and people with disabilities and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for operating projects which specifically serve seniors and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons with disabilities on using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities. See the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 9070.1G for complete information on the Section 5310 program.
Designated Recipient and Competitive Process
For large urbanized areas, like the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, a public entity must be designated as the recipient of Section 5310 funding. For the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, Milwaukee County has been selected as the designated recipient. The County will be responsible for receiving and administering the Section 5310 funds.
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) will manage the competitive process for the selection of projects that will receive Section 5310 funds. This process will involve a scoring panel that will evaluate and score submitted projects based on criteria developed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). SEWRPC staff has developed a Program Management and Recipient Coordination Plan that explains the procedures for administering the Section 5310 program and application process.
The Milwaukee Urbanized Area includes parts of the counties of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha. Private, non-profit organizations and state and local government agencies that provide services within the urbanized area (see map) to seniors and people with disabilities can submit an application for Section 5310 funding through the competitive process managed by SEWRPC staff. If your service area is outside of the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, you can apply for funding through WisDOT.
Applications, Application Guidelines, and Project Selection Criteria
To assist with submitting applications and project selection, the Wisconsin D epartment of Transportation (WisDOT) has developed Application Guidelines that include the project selection criteria. These guidelines include the instructions for completing applications and describe the criteria that will be used by the scoring panel for evaluating projects during the competitive process. Please see the WisDOT website to download the applications, application guidelines, and for more information on the Section 5310 program.
Program funding for year 2015 Section 5310 funds will use the following timeline:
Application period opens on June 18, 2014
Applications mailed to SEWRPC postmarked by August 15, 2014
Evaluation and scoring of projects in August-September 2014
Section 5310 awards announcement in Fall 2014
For more information regarding the Section 5310 program within the Milwaukee Urbanized Area and the application process, please contact Joseph Delmagori (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevin Muhs (email@example.com) of the Commission staff at (262) 547-6721.