2022 5310 Application Announcement

Application Deadline noon Friday, February 4, 2022.

Under the Section 5310 program, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides federal funds for activities including the purchase of equipment to support transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities where existing transportation is unavailable, inappropriate or insufficient. OKI is making available $850,000 with no local match requirement based on funding authorization under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022. Additional funding apportionments are anticipated from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in 2022 and will also be made available to OKI subrecipient applicants. With additional apportionments, FTA provides 80% of the cost of capital items; the remaining 20% must be provided by local funding, which may include funding from other federal programs other than U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs or from DOT’s Federal lands highway Program.

OKI, as the Designated Recipient of the Section 5310 federal funds in the Cincinnati urbanized area, is responsible for managing the program for agencies located in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Southwest Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Northern Kentucky and Dearborn County in Southeast Indiana.

Private nonprofit (501(c) (3)) corporations, public bodies identified by their state as lead agencies in a coordination project, or public bodies which certify that no private nonprofit corporations exist within their jurisdiction for the provision of elderly and disabled transportation are eligible to apply for Section 5310 federal funds.

For more information, please contact Travis Miller at tmiller@oki.org.

OKI Section 5310 Program

Goal—To improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding transportation mobility options.

Increased mobility to:

  • Employment
  • Medical appointments
  • Grocery shopping
  • Educational opportunities

Applicants must be listed in the OKI Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan

Available Funding – 2021-22

  • Funding—Under FAST ACT, apportionments are provided to large and small urbanized areas and rural areas.
  • Funding Amount for Cincinnati Urbanized Area:
    • FY 2021 Funds Available for Projects* $852,034
    • FY 2022 Funds Available for Projects TBA
    • Total Available ~$2,100,000

* net amount remaining from prior year awards

2021-22 Award Timeline

December 14, 2021Section 5310 Workshop
Noon, February 4, 2022Applications Due to OKI
March 2022OKI Oversight Team review
April-May 2022OKI ICC Review and Executive Committee Action
May-June 2022FTA Review and Approval
July-August 2022Projects Awarded in FTA Grant
Fall 2022Sub-recipient Agreements Executed

 

Oversight Team

  • Butler County Regional Transit Authority
  • Clermont Senior Services
  • Clermont Transportation Connection
  • home52 Transportation
  • Northern Kentucky Area Development District
  • SORTA
  • TANK
  • Warren County Transit Services

Eligible Applicants

    1. A private nonprofit organization
    2. State or local governmental authority that:

Is approved by a state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities; or

Certifies that there are no nonprofit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service.

Eligible Activities

Traditional Section 5310 (at least 55%) project examples include:

  • buses and vans and related activities (maintenance, lifts, ramps)
  • Passenger facilities – benches, shelters
  • mobility management programs
  • acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement

Nontraditional Section 5310 (up to 45%) project examples include:

  • travel training and volunteer driver programs
  • building an accessible path to a bus stop, including curb-cuts, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features
  • improving signage, or way-finding technology
  • incremental cost of providing same day service or door-to-door service
  • purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, ride sharing and/or vanpooling programs

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria Points Available
Filling Gaps in service to target populations 0-15
Undertaking Coordinated Plan strategies 0-15
How well your project serves the target populations 0-15
Coordinated efforts to eliminate/reduce duplication in services 0-25
Project sustainability and steps taken to ensure 0-15
Quantification of anticipated benefits 0-15
Use of technology bonus 0-5

 

Application will be available Dec. 14, 2021.
 
 
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Program Management Plan (PMP) describes the policies and procedures for administering the Section 5310 federal program in the Cincinnati urbanized area (UZA). OKI, as the designated recipient, maintains this PMP to facilitate both recipient management and FTA oversight as required by FTA Circular 9070.1G Chapter VII. This PMP for the OKI Section 5310 Program includes program objectives, policies, procedures, and administrative requirements in a form accessible to potential subrecipients, recipient staff, FTA, and the public.