Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), is pleased to announce the Section 5310 Grant Program Call for Projects for Washoe County. Applications are due to RTC on April 1, 2016, no later than 5 PM.
The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 Grant program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds that support the special needs of seniors beyond traditional public transportation services and for those with disabilities beyond that required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Section 5310 funds are available for capital and operating project expenses exceeding $50,000 or more.
“Traditional” Section 5310 Capital Projects
“Other” Section 5310 Operating Projects
Public transportation projects that:
Local Match Requirements
The 5310 program will support the goals and strategic objectives found in the RTC developed Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan (CTP). These goals represent a regional strategy to increase personal mobility and travel options for those with special transportation needs in the Reno-Sparks region, including seniors and individuals with disabilities.
The following priorities were identified in the February, 2015 approved CTP to improve transportation coordination in the region, and to establish funding priorities for specialized transportation services:
1. Expansion of Volunteer Driver Program.
2. Increase Funding for Washoe Senior Ride Program.
3. Purchase Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for Human Service Agencies.
4. Provide Flexible Transit Service in Outlying Areas of Our Community.
5. Coordinate Transportation Resources with Social Service Agencies.
6. Increase Funding for RTC’s Non-Urbanized Transportation Program.
7. Creation of a Private Non-Profit Transportation Provider.
8. Provide more Travel Training.
Project Evaluation & Scoring
RTC is responsible for the selection of projects. This process includes a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and low income and human service agencies that selects the projects and recommends them to the RTC Board for adoption.
RTC staff will serve on the committee in an advisory, non-voting role, to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to assure that projects are derived from the CTP.
The Steering Committee will recommend new projects for funding based on the competitive selection criteria below:
COORDINATION, PARTNERSHIP & OUTREACH (maximum of 20 points)
NEEDS & BENEFITS (maximum of 50 points)
PROJECT READINESS (maximum of 30 points)
The RTC Board may accept the committee’s recommendations or take other action. In any case, RTC will select projects on a fair and equitable basis.
Once approved by the FTA, successful applicants will enter into a Standard Agreement with RTC, which remains in effect throughout the project’s useful life, up to three years. Grantees are responsible for the proper use, operating costs, and maintenance of all project equipment, and must be prepared to comply with all applicable state and federal requirements. Specifically, the applicant is required to sign FTA’s “Certifications and Assurances” for the specific funding programs for which its organization is applying after receiving notification of award.
Applications Due to RTC April 1, 2016, no later than 5 PM
Applications can be submitted to:
Regional Transportation Commission
Attn: Jennifer Meyers
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 200
P.O. Box 30002
Reno, NV 89502
OR click here to email your application to Jennifer Meyers.
5310 Program Document Downloads