Section 5310 Program

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 FAQs document is available for guidance while completing the application and addresses common concerns raised during previous application cycles.

Application Period Now Open

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Milwaukee County, is pleased to announce the availability of Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds for calendar years 2021 and 2022. This program is funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C. § 5310 (CFDA 20.521).

The current application cycle will include two years of funding – calendar years 2021 and 2022.

The Section 5310 application files for 2021 and 2022, including additional documents that supplement the application, can be downloaded here:

Guidelines for completing the application and information on how the 5310 Program is administered can be downloaded here:

The application files contain information specific to the agency and to each project type. The application process also includes an Intent to Apply file to provide Commission staff with a better understanding of the potential number of applications and projects during the two-year cycle, provide staff with the opportunity to work with you and your organization on how to complete the application based on your requests, and to address questions about the project(s) in your application.

Applicants will need to complete the Agency Information file and the required worksheets in the application based on the type of project(s) being applied for. The application guidelines explain how to fill out and complete the other required documents that need to be provided with the application.

Applications and all other supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to the SEWRPC Section 5310 program managers. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020.

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated during Fall of 2020. Successful applicants who will be awarded Section 5310 funding will be notified by November 2020.

Eligible Organizations

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 John Swissler at WisDOT at 608-264-9532 or at

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.

SEWRPC manages the application process as well as the competitive process for the selection of projects that receive Section 5310 funds. This process involves a scoring panel that evaluates and scores submitted projects based on criteria developed by WisDOT.

Contact Information

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 ( or Jennifer Sarnecki ( at (262) 547-6721.

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