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.

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.

In August 2017, MVRPC solicited new projects resulting in a 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). More information on the 5310 solicitation process public participation is available in the Public Involvement Summary.

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.