Specialized Transportation Program

The Specialized Transportation Program (Section 5310), Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities is a Federal Transportation Agency (FTA) program designed to improve transportation options for the elderly and individuals with disabilities

Public Meeting to Review proposed projects for funding

A review of the DRAFT list of proposed Program of Projects to be funded with FTA FY2017 allocations for the Dayton Urbanized Area. Section 5310 provides federal funds to transit agencies, governmental authorities, private providers of public transportation and duly-formed private, not-for-profit organizations, to acquire accessible vehicles in order to improve access to the community for seniors and individuals with disabilities in Greene, Miami, Montgomery and northern Warren Counties. Capital projects can also include infrastructure such as sidewalk and bus stop improvements, if those projects are to result in greater access for people with disabilities to regularly scheduled transit service. Following the public comment period, staff will evaluate each project according to pre-determined scoring criteria and recommend selected projects to the MVRPC Board of Directors for final approval.

The following documents are available for the public’s review concerning the public meeting to be held August 22, 2017 which has been scheduled to review the draft Program of Projects for the regional allocation of Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 “Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities.”

The meeting will be held:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Goodwill Easter Seals
Eichelberger Conference Center
660 South Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402
The public may attend anytime between 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will include a review of the DRAFT Program of Projects to be funded with Federal Transit Administration Fiscal Year 2017 allocations for the Dayton Urbanized Area for the Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310). 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may review informational materials on MVRPC’s website, www.mvrpc.org which will outline the proposed Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310).  You may also review the document at the MVRPC offices, 10 N. Ludlow Street, Suite 700, Dayton, OH, 45402, during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).  Written comments will be accepted through August 31, 2017, via the 5310 Online Comment form, at the MVRPC Office address, or via e-mail sent to Kjirsten Frank Hoppe, MVRPC’s Senior Planner, at kfrank.hoppe@mvrpc.org.

Specialized Transportation Program Background

The purpose of the FTA’s Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) is to increase transportation options for people with disabilities and older people through the coordination and expansion of transportation services. The goal is to provide greater access to the community, including access to employment for people with disabilities and older residents. This program is managed by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Greene, Miami, Montgomery and northern Warren Counties.

Through the MVRPC Specialized Transportation Program, the Miami Valley Region now receives an annual allocation of funds designed to support the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. Under this new Section 5310 program, the Region is better able to manage how FTA funds are used to meet those needs, select the most appropriate way to distribute funding, and identify ways to encourage coordination among agencies which provide or depend on specialized transportation. The primary method for achieving this goal is to provide financial support for accessible vehicles to non-profit agencies and government entities which supplement the service available through the public transit systems in those counties.

Agencies which wish to request 5310 funding are required to be, or to become, active participants in the regional transportation coordination effort, including being active members of the Regional Transportation Coordination Council and being willing to track and report certain performance indicators.  All funded projects must derived from Regional Transportation Coordination Plan and the Update of that plan

For more information about becoming involved in the Council, please contact Kim Lahman at klahman@mvrpc.org or call 937.531.6531.