Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Report
Implementing the “New” Section 5310 Program
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with
Disabilities
February 2014
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Agenda
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
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Program Purpose
Apportionment & Available Funding
Eligible Projects
Eligible Recipients and Subrecipients
Role of the Designated Recipient
Program Requirements (Coordinated Plan, PMP/SMP,
Other Provisions
Next Steps
Technical Assistance Resources
Q&As
POP)
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Program Purpose
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by
providing funds for programs to serve the special needs of
transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public
transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) complementary paratransit services.
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Apportionment & Available Funding
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Apportioned to areas based on number of seniors and
individuals with disabilities
– The number of seniors and individuals with disabilities in each area in
relationship to the number of seniors and individuals with disabilities
in all such areas.
• Allocation of Funds:
– 60% to designated recipients in large urbanized areas (urbanized
areas over 200,000 in population)
– 20% to States for small urbanized areas (urbanized areas under
200,000 in population)
– 20% to States for rural areas (areas under 50,000 in population)
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Apportionment & Available Funding
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• FY 2013 Apportionment
• UZAs 200,000 or more in population
• UZAs 50,000 – 199,999 in population
• Rural
• National Total
$154,151,419
51,383,807
51,383,807
$256,919,033
• FY 2014 Apportionment
• UZAs 200,000 or more in population
• UZAs 50,000 – 199,999 in population
• Rural
• National Total
$154,478,816
51,492,938
51,492,938
$257,464,692
http://www.fta.dot.gov/apportionments
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Eligible Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
1. Public transportation projects planned, designed, and carried
out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with
disabilities when public transportation is insufficient,
inappropriate, or unavailable*
2. Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements
of ADA
3. Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed
route service and decrease reliance on complementary
paratransit
4. Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist
seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation
* SAFETEA-LU Eligibility / “Traditional” 5310 Projects
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Eligible Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
1. Public transportation projects planned, designed, and
carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and
individuals with disabilities when public transportation is
insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable
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Rolling stock: Replacement or expansion of buses, and vans
Vehicle rehabilitation or overhaul
Preventive maintenance, as defined in the NTD
Vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices
Vehicle shelters
Computer hardware and software
Transit related ITS
Dispatch systems
Mobility management programs
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Eligible Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
2. Public transportation projects that exceed the
requirements of ADA
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Expansion of paratransit service beyond the ¾ mile requirement
Expansion of current hours of operation for ADA paratransit
Incremental cost of providing same day service
Incremental cost of providing door-to-door service
Acquisition of vehicles and equipment designed to accommodate
mobility aids that exceed the dimensions and weight ratings for
wheelchairs
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Eligible Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
3. Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed
route service and decrease reliance on complementary
paratransit
• Feeder service to commuter rail, commuter bus, intercity rail, and
intercity bus stations, for which complementary paratransit service is
not required under the ADA
• Building an accessible path to a bus stop including curb-cuts, sidewalks,
accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features
• Improving signage, or way-finding technology
• Implementation of other technology improvements that enhance
accessibility including ITS
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Eligible Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
4. Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist
seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation
• Volunteer driver and aide programs
• Purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, rides sharing and/or
vanpooling programs
• Supporting the administration and expenses related to new voucher
programs for transportation services offered by human service
providers
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Eligible Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Capital, Operating, Admin
• At least 55 percent must be used on capital, public
transportation projects planned, designed, and carried out to
meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities
when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or
unavailable (“Traditional” 5310 Projects)
• At most, 45 percent can be spent for other eligible
purposes, including capital and operating expenses and
New-Freedom-type projects
• At most, 10 percent is allowed for Program Administration
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Eligible Recipients & Subrecipients
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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Designated Recipient or a State receiving a grant
directly
– States for all UZAs and rural areas under 200,000 in
population
– Will require new designations in large UZAs
• Subrecipients – states or local government
authorities, private non-profit organizations, or
operators of public transportation that receive a
grant indirectly through a recipient.
– Limited for the “Traditional” 5310 Projects
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Eligible Subrecipients
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Eligible Subrecipients for “Traditional” 5310 Projects
• Private Non-profit Organizations OR
• State or local governmental authority that:
• Is approved by the State to coordinate services
• Certifies that no non-profit organizations are available to
provide the service
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Proposed that
these entities
must carry out
the
“traditional”
5310 projects
to qualify
towards the
55%
Eligible Subrecipients Other Sec. 5310 Projects
• State or local governmental authority
• Private non-profit organizations
• Operator of public transportation that receives Section 5310 funds
indirectly through a recipient
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Designated Recipients
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Governors Must Designate a Public Entity
• Small UZA and Rural Areas – State Agency
o No new designations needed, unless changing State agency
• Large UZA Options – designation letter required
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Same DR as Section 5307
SAFETEA-LU Section 5317 DR
MPO
State
Another Public Agency
Multiple DRs – Notify FTA of Split Apportionment
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Role of Designated Recipients
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Document the State or Designated Recipient’s procedures in a
management plan
• Plan for future transportation needs, and ensure integration and
coordination among diverse transportation modes and providers;
• Develop project selection criteria consistent with the coordinated
planning process;
• Notify eligible local entities of funding availability;
• Solicit applications from potential subrecipients; determine applicant
and project eligibility;
• Certify that allocations of funds to subrecipients are made on a fair and
equitable basis;
• Submit an annual POP and grant application to FTA;
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Role of Designated Recipients
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Ensure subrecipients comply with Federal requirements;
• Certify that all projects are included in a coordinated plan developed
and approved through a process that included participation by seniors,
individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human service providers, and other members
of the public;
• Certify that to the maximum extent feasible, services funded under
Section 5310 are coordinated with transportation services assisted by
other Federal departments and agencies;
• Ensure that at least 55 percent of the area’s apportionment is used for
traditional Section 5310 projects carried out by the eligible
subrecipients;
• Oversee project audit and closeout.
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Program Requirements
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• State/Program Management Plans (SMP/PMP)
• “Coordinated Plan”
• Program of Projects (POP) with grant application
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State/Program Management Plans
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Document the procedures in a Management Plan
• Describes the DR’s polices and procedures for administering the Sec. 5310
program.
• Each DR is required to have an approved SMP/PMP on file with the
appropriate regional office and to update it regularly to incorporate any
changes in program management or new requirements.
• The DR shall provide an opportunity for review by stakeholders when it
develops a new plan or significantly revises an existing plan.
• Certain contents of the PMP, such as the project selection criteria, should be
coordinated with the statewide transportation plan.
• All public documents developed under a grant must be prepared and
submitted in electronic format.
• Approved by FTA
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Coordinated Plan
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Locally developed, coordinated public transithuman service transportation plan
• Development of Plan
o Participation by Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
o Representation from Public/Private and Non-profit Trans. Providers
o Human Service Trans. Providers
• Projects must be included in the plan
• Project selection criteria consistent with the plan
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Coordinated Plan
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Required Elements “Coordinated Plan”
1) An assessment of available services that identifies current
transportation providers (public, private, and non-profit)
2) An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with
disabilities and seniors
3) Strategies, activities, and/or projects to address the identified
gaps between current services and needs
4) Priorities for implementation based on resources, time, and
feasibility for implementing specific strategies and/or activities
identified
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Program of Projects
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Program of Projects (POP)
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Identify Subrecipient
Type of Subrecipient
Service Areas
Project description
(corresponding Budget
Scopes/ALIs)
5. Quantities
6. Amount (Federal/Local
and total)
7. Coordination Plan Page
8. Capital or Operating
Expense
9. Administration Expense
10. Projects meeting 55 %
Requirement
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Other Provisions
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• 50 percent match for operating
• 80 percent match for capital
– Exceptions: ADA/CAA
• Vehicles: 85% Federal share
• Vehicle Equipment/Facilities: 90% Federal share
• FHWA Sliding Scale Only applies to FHWA Transfers to
Section 5310 Program and can only be used for capital
– Higher Federal Share for 14 States
http://www. fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/notices
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Other Provisions
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Transfer Provisions
o From Rural Area or Small UZA to anywhere in the State
(including a Large UZA) – Requires Statewide Plan
o From Rural Area to Small UZA – Governor certifies needs
are met in Rural Area
o Small UZA to Rural Area – Governor certifies need are met
in Small UZA
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FHWA Transfers to 5310
o 55 percent requirement does not apply
o Capital-only uses of these funds in the program
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Other Provisions
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Purchase of Service – Capital Expense
• Mobility Management – Capital Expense
 Depending on the purpose and subrecipient carrying out the
MM project, it could qualify towards the 55 percent
• Private Taxi
 Shared Ride Service = Subrecipient
 Exclusive Ride Service = Contractor
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Next Steps
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
1. Identify Designated Recipients and submit letters to FTA
Regional Office;
2. Recipients should update/develop “Coordinated Plan”
3. Recipients should update/develop State/Program
Management Plans; submit to FTA for review/approval
4. Recipients should develop/submit Grant Application with
complete Program of Projects; FTA review and approve
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Technical Assistance
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• Easter Seals Project ACTION
– Transportation services for people with disabilities
• ProjectAction.org
• [email protected]
• (800) 659-6428
• National Center for Senior Transportation
• SeniorTransportation.net
• [email protected]
• (866) 528-NCST
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Technical Assistance
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
• National Center for Mobility Management
– Works with communities to adopt transportation
strategies and options to increase mobility
– Regional Communications Liaisons, local technical
assistance, training programs and peer networks
– http://nationalcenterformobilitymanagement.org
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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and
Individuals with Disabilities
Questions?
[email protected]
(202) 366-0797
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