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. Funds may also be used for activities related to mobility management and operating projects that 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.
The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), in coordination with Milwaukee County staff, developed a Program Management and Recipient Coordination Plan and Section 5310 Application Guidelines, which explain the procedures for administering the Section 5310 program and serve as a guide for the application process. SEWRPC manages the application process as well as the competitive process for the selection of projects that receive Section 5310 funds.
Project Requests, Competitive Process, and Awarded Federal Funds
The application period for 2018 funds closed on August 28, 2017. More than $2.5 million in funds were requested, and a full list of requested projects and amounts is available here. A scoring panel evaluated the submitted projects based on criteria developed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and awarded the available $894,352 in funds to the following successful recipients.
Designated Recipient of Section 5310 Funding in the Milwaukee Urbanized Area
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 and will be working with the successful applicants on executing and managing grant agreements.
Eligible Organizations and Next Application Period
Private, non-profit organizations and state and local government agencies that provide these services at least partially within the Milwaukee Urbanized Area (see map) to seniors and people with disabilities can submit an application for Section 5310 funding. The Milwaukee Urbanized Area includes parts of the counties of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha. If your service area does not include any parts of the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, you can apply for funding through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). For more information about applying for funding outside the Milwaukee Urbanized Area, please contact John Swissler at WisDOT at 608-264-9532 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEWRPC staff anticipates that the application period for 2019 funds will open in June of 2018. Please check here and the WisDOT Section 5310 website for more information on the Section 5310 program as it becomes available.
For more information regarding the Section 5310 program within the Milwaukee Urbanized Area and the application process, please contact the Section 5310 program managers: Joe Delmagori (email@example.com) or Jennifer Sarnecki (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (262) 547-6721.