Overview

Improving mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding transportation options. These funds increase mobility to and from:

Employment

Grocery shopping

Medical appointments

Educational opportunities

5310 Application Announcement — 2024

Application Deadline noon Friday, February 2, 2024.

Under the Section 5310 program, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides federal funds for activities including the purchase of Paratransit vehicles and equipment to support transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities where existing transportation is unavailable, inappropriate or insufficient. The FTA provides 80 percent of the cost of capital items; the remaining 20 percent 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 Office of 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 Summer Jones.

Policies and Procedures for Administering the Section 5310 Federal Program

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.

5310 Prioritization Process

Applications are scored based on the following Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation 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 its success

0-15

Quantification of anticipated benefits

0-15

Use of technology bonus

0-5

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

 

  • buses and vans and related activities (maintenance, lifts, ramps)
  • mobility management programs
  • acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangements

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
  • A private nonprofit organization
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be listed in the OKI Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan.

Oversight Team

The 5310 Oversight Team reviews all applications and scores them based on the evaluation criteria.

  • BAWAC, Inc. 
  • Butler County Regional Transit Authority
  • Clermont Senior Services
  • Clermont Transportation Connection
  • home52 Transportation
  • Lifetime Resources – Catch-A-Ride
  • Meals on Wheels Southwest Ohio
  • Northern Kentucky Area Development District
  • SORTA
  • TANK
  • Warren County Transit Services

Steps to Apply

Information and attachments to prepare and upload through the online form:

You will be able to save in progress once you start filling out the online form. If you do so, you must save the link to go back to complete your application. OKI does not store these links. The save and continue function does not save files that you uploaded through the online application. You will need to upload your attachments again before submitting.

1 Review

Review the information requested on the online application form to help you prepare.  View the Sample Application

3 Start online application

Start the online application and upload your completed attachments within the form where indicated.

2 Download attachments

Download attachments, fill out, and name your attachment files with your agency name first then the attachment name. For example, “Your Agency Name-Attachment A”

    1. Attachment A — Verification of Unavailable, Insufficient or Inappropriate Transit (Required)
    2. Attachment B — Applicant Financial Information – Single Full Audit or Annual Financial Statement (Required)
    3. Attachment C — Organization Chart (Required)
    4. Attachment D — Certification of Project Derived from a Locally Developed, Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Required)
    5. Attachment E — Upload Letters from Coordinating Agencies
    6. Attachment F — Certification of Local Match (Required)
    7. Attachment G — Current Vehicle Inventory: Review the 2022 OKI TAM Inventory. If the OKI TAM Inventory is not accurate, please use the inventory table to prepare your agency’s Current Vehicle Inventory. Update any of the information on the table as necessary to accurately describe your current inventory.
    8. Attachment H — Preventative Maintenance Spreadsheet
    9. Attachment I — Title VI Data Collection Form (Required)
    10. Attachment J — Title VI Plan (Required)
    11. Attachment K — Signed Application Certification (Required)
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