These FAQs do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These FAQs are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. FTA recipients and subrecipients should refer to FTA’s statutes and regulations for applicable requirements.
No, if you have registered and are up to date you should be able to apply for this opportunity.
Yes. Projects selected for Section 5310 funding must be included in a coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan (“coordinated plan”). This was a requirement under SAFETEA-LU and is still a requirement under MAP-21.
Yes, this is allowable as projects will be evaluated individually. An applicant must submit a SF-424 form for each supplemental form.
FTA maintains flexibility in how projects appear in the coordinated plan. For example, for the purposes of the coordinated plan, a project is a strategy, activity or specific action addressing an identified service gap or transportation coordination objective articulated and prioritized within the plan. For example, a coordinated plan may identify a service gap, such as the absence of accessible transportation service after 10:00 p.m., when the transit system’s fixed route service ends. Examples of strategies to address this service gap may be non-specific, such as adding late-night service options; or may be more specific, such as contracting for accessible taxi service or extending ADA complementary paratransit hours past the fixed route service end time. The level of specificity in the coordinated plan is a local decision.
Possibly. MAP-21 specifically requires that the coordinated plan is developed and approved through a process that includes participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private and nonprofit transportation and human services providers, and other member of the public. So, if the previous plan did not have participation from representatives from each of these stakeholder groups and some process where the stakeholders approved the plan, then the existing plan would need to be updated.
Additionally, since the program now includes apportionments to urbanized areas, we expect several urbanized areas will need to develop or amend existing coordinated plans to reflect Section 5310 program needs. For urbanized areas over 200,000 in population, coordinated plans from Section 5316/JARC and Section 5317/New Freedom, both of which have been repealed, may be used/updated to reflect 5310 program needs and to help develop the program of projects in large urbanized areas. States should also lend assistance to areas over 200,000 that will be administering the program for the first time.
Both the SF-424 and Program Supplemental forms can be downloaded from Grants.gov under the program opportunity tab.
In addition to the coordinated planning requirements, to be eligible for funding, section 5310 projects in UZA’s must be included in the metropolitan transportation plan (MTP) prepared and approved by the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) and the governor, and the statewide transportation improvement program (STIP) developed by a state or jointly approved by FTA and FHWA. Projects outside UZA’s must be included in, or be consistent with the statewide long-range transportation plan, as developed by the state, and must be included in the STIP. With limited exceptions, all federally-funded highway or transit projects must be included in the applicable plan and program documents according to state and local procedures. For more information on 5310 planning requirements, please see Chapter V in circular FTA C9070.G.
An applicant must use the pdf supplemental form that is provided at Grants.gov or on FTA’s website. Any other format will not be accepted.
There is no requirement for a Statewide plan. The communities may define “locally-developed” and in some cases the planning area may be defined as statewide. Please reference Chapter V in circular FTA C9070.G.
Any supporting documentation must be described and referenced by file name in the appropriate section of the supplemental form. Applicants may also include page numbers if the attachment is a multi-page document. All supporting documents must be attached to the SF-424 Mandatory Form. FTA does not have any specific guidelines regarding the sequence of files or naming conventions.
Please note: documentation that is not cited in the narrative may not be reviewed.
No. Designated Recipients are not required to competitively select projects. They must, however, have a process by which projects are selected and ensure this is explained in a program/state management plan. Additionally, a program of projects will be required at the time of grant application. For more information on these two requirements, please see Chapters III and V of FTA Circular 9070.1G.
Although there isn’t a page limit for supporting documentation, applicants should only include information that specifically supports the statements made in the narrative. Applicants may include just the pertinent excerpts from a larger document. For example, an applicant may attach a document that includes only the cover page and the pages referenced in the narrative. File sizes cannot be larger than 3 MB.
No. FTA will grant States the flexibility of having a single (State) management plan if the States are the designated recipient for large urbanized areas as well as rural and small urbanized areas, so long as it is clear how the program is being managed for the respective population areas The intent of the management plan is to explain to both interested stakeholders as well as FTA how the program will be managed, including how to apply for funding. Therefore, it will be critical for the State, as the large urbanized areas Designated Recipient, to explain this for the respective large urbanized areas for which it has this role.
Applications will be evaluated based on the responses provided in the supplemental form and the attached documentation. Content that is not included in the application package will not be reviewed.
Once management plans are developed, the designated recipient must submit the plan to the appropriate FTA Regional office for approval. The FTA Regional office will provide the designated recipient with an approval letter, which must be maintained on file with the designated recipient.
If the project is within the planning boundary of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the project has to be in both the TIP and STIP. Projects in rural areas only have to be in the STIP. Depending on State or local requirements, the projects may show on the aggregate (program level) or be listed on the individual project level listing. TIP and STIP listings must be consistent with the metropolitan and statewide transportation plans.
States and other applicants should consider submitting a single supplemental form that includes multiple activities to be evaluated as a consolidated proposal. If a State or other applicant chooses to submit separate proposals, each proposal must be submitted using a separate SF-424 and supplemental form.
Applicants may provide a scalable option or the minimum fundable amount within their submission. FTA may award an amount that is less than the amount requested, provided it will fund a project of independent utility.
No. There is no requirement for Section 5310 grants to go to Department of Labor for certification under MAP-21
The clock begins on the date the grant is executed.