Puget Sound Regional Council

2014 Coordinated Grant

The competitive Coordinated Grant program funds eligible projects from Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) program which is dedicated special needs transportation projects and programs in the Seattle-Tacoma-Everett Urbanized Area, and state and other FTA special needs transportation funds managed by WSDOT in its Consolidated Grant Program.

As in past competitive funding cycles, PSRC and WSDOT are coordinating their respective special needs transportation funding in the 2014-2015 Grant Program.

All projects awarded funding must meet the goals, objectives, and prioritized strategies of the region’s 2015-2018 Coordinated Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan adopted as part of Transportation 2040 Plan Update.

The first step in the 2014 Coordinated Grant process is a project eligibility screening form for applicants seeking PSRC Section 5310 funds. Eligibility screening forms need to be submitted to Gil Cerise at gcerise@psrc.org no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, August 22, 2014 in order to be considered for funding. Applicants who are determined to be eligible must still submit a 2014 Coordinated Grant application to PSRC by September 30, 2014.

Please click here for the full 2014 Coordinated Grant schedule.

Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) Funds

PSRC is a designated recipient of Section 5310 funds. The Section 5310 program provides grant funds for capital and operating expenses to recipients for:

• 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;
• Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.);
• Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance on complementary paratransit; and
• Alternatives to public transportation projects that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation.

Section 5310(b) provides that of the amounts apportioned to states and designated recipients, not less than 55 percent shall be available for traditional Section 5310 projects—those public transportation capital projects planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, unavailable, or inappropriate. Further, the law provides that a recipient may allocate the funds apportioned to it to:

1) A private nonprofit organization; or
2) A state or local governmental authority that:
— is approved by a state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities; or
— certifies that there are no nonprofit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service.

These provisions, found at 49 U.S.C. 5310(b)(1) and (b)(2), essentially maintain the status quo for traditional Section 5310 projects and the eligible subrecipients for traditional Section 5310 projects.

Eligible subrecipients for other eligible Section 5310 activities include a state or local governmental authority, a private nonprofit organization, or an operator of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient.

As a designated recipient of Section 5310 program funds, PSRC is responsible for administration of Section 5310 funding beginning in FFY 2013. PSRC’s Section 5310 Program Management Plan outlines the PSRC’s responsibilities as designated recipient. Among these responsibilities are:
• notifying eligible local entities of funding availability:
• soliciting applications from potential subrecipients;
• determining applicant and project eligibility; and
• certifying that allocation of funds to subrecipients are made on a fair and equitable basis.

The 2014 Coordinated Grant process helps PSRC accomplish these responsibilities.

WSDOT Consolidated Grant Program

As the RTPO (Regional Transportation Planning Organization) for central Puget Sound region, PSRC is responsible for regionally ranking projects that will be applying for special needs transportation funds from WSDOT Public Transportation Division’s Consolidated Grant Program. This biennial process is conducted with the Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) competition since many projects sponsors apply for both sources of funding (state and federal). For more information, please see WSDOT’s Consolidated Grant Program.

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