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32. For the section 5310 program, what is meant by “acquisition of public transportation service”?

Under the Formula Grants for the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310) program, 49 U.S.C. 5310(b)(4) provides that the acquisition of public transportation services is an eligible capital expense.  FTA circular 9070.1G provides, on page III-11, the following:

30. May vehicles and equipment funded through the Section 5310 program be used to provide service to a drug rehabilitation treatment center?

Yes, when the passengers are individuals with disabilities and the service is part of the coordinated plan.  For purposes of the section 5310 program, FTA has adopted the definition of “disability” as that found in section 3(1) of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. 12102).  Section 510 of the ADA (42 U.S.C.

28. Do projects have to be in both the STIP/TIP?

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.

27. Who approves the SMP/PMP?

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.

26. Is it necessary for States that are serving as the Designated Recipients for large urbanized areas to prepare separate Program Management Plans (PMP) for the large urbanized areas?

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.

25. Now that New Freedom-type projects are eligible under this program, will a competitive selection process be required?

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.

23. What other planning requirements apply?

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.

22. Do I need to update an existing plan?

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.


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