Regional Transportation Authority

 

The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration, is a program designed to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the country, by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. Eligible projects include those that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable.  It may also be used for public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (ADA) that improve access to fixedroute service and decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit, and for alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities.

 

For a project to be considered eligible for MAP-21 Section 5310 funding, it must be derived, as defined by FTA, from a locally developed Coordinated Public Transit- Human Services Coordinated Plan (HSTP) .  The HSTP originally developed in 2007 was updated and approved by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board in October 2013 in accordance with federal requirements. The HSTP for Northeastern Illinois includes the six-county RTA region, comprising Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will  counties, plus the urbanized portions of Kendall County, Sandwich Township (DeKalb County), Somonauk Township (DeKalb County), and Aux Sable Township (Grundy County).

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the RTA are designated recipients for Northeastern Illinois.  The RTA will be responsible for the selection and administration of all Section 5310 projects other than paratransit vehicles. The RTA Section 5310 Program Management Plan details how RTA will administer the program in accordance with federal requirements

 

IDOT will be responsible for project selection and the award of Section 5310 funded paratransit vehicles. IDOT, through its Consolidated Vehicle Program (CVP), will issue a call for projects, and select and award paratransit vehicles to eligible applicants.  For information on IDOT’s Section 5310 CVP program contact Michael Healy, DPIT/CVP Program Manager at 312-793-2184.

Funding Availability

 

FFY2013 

FFY2014

Total

Northeastern Illinois Apportionment

$6,167,654

$6,033,118

$12,200,772

Allocation to IDOT as Designated Recipient

$1,831,000

$1,831,000

$3,662,000

Allocation  to RTA as Designated Recipient

$4,336,654

$4,202,118

$8,538,772

 

The sub-allocation between RTA and IDOT, as shown above, was developed in consultation with the HSTP PAC and is based on the annual average of Section 5310 vehicle awards made by IDOT to Northeastern Illinois recipients.   Of the funding allocated to RTA, $200,000 per year will be used by RTA to administer the  Section 5310 program. The Program of Continuation Projects approved by RTA on April 16, 2014 includes $4,197,285 in Federal awards, leaving $3,941,487 in federal funds for New and Expanded Projects. Of the amount for new and expanded projects, $748,425 must be for traditional capital projects as defined by Section 5310 or reallocated to IDOT for additional paratransit vehicles. The Call for New and Expanded Projects is now underway.

Section 5310 Program Management Plan

HSTP Update

2007 HSTP

 
 

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