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. In addition, a Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ document is available for guidance while completing the application and addresses common concerns raised during previous application cycles.
Project Requests, Competitive Process, and Awarded Federal Funds
The application period for Section 5310 funding in calendar years 2023 and 2024 closed on September 2, 2022. More than $5.3 million in funds were requested, and a full list of requested projects and amounts is available here. Available funding in 2023 and 2024 will total $1,127,667 and $1,604,975 respectively. A scoring panel evaluated the submitted projects based on criteria developed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and awarded the combined available $2,732,642 in funds to the successful recipients.
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.
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 the static map or the interactive 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 Lori Jacobson at WisDOT at 608-266-1128 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEWRPC staff anticipates that the application period for 2025 and 2026 funds will open in June of 2024. Please check here and the WisDOT Section 5310 website for more information on the Section 5310 program as it becomes available.
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.