Section 5310 Program

Section 5310 Program Introduction:

Section 5310 is a federal grant program provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and is intended to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. It supports transportation services by providing funding for both traditional (capital) and Other (operating) projects beyond what is currently provided in the community.

The Section 5310 grant program is open to private nonprofit organizations, states or local government authorities, and operators of public transportation. Typical projects include the purchase of accessible vehicles, mobility management programs, and operating support of volunteer driver programs or demand response services.

Contact Information

For more information regarding the Section 5310 program, please contact the Section 5310 program staff at [email protected].  

Funding Opportunities:

2023 Section 5310 Call for Projects

The 2023 Section 5310 Call for Projects is now open, as of October 20, 2023. 

STA proposes to make up to $805,296 available under the 2023 Section 5310 Call for Projects, including an estimated $615,296 in federal funds and $190,000 in STA local funds. All projects will be required to demonstrate that they can meet the required 10% local match requirement, after accounting for the local match allocation for this 2023 Section 5310 Call for Projects approved by the STA Board of Directors on October 19, 2023. Funding awards will be subject to approval by the STA Board of Directors in open public session. Please note that all funding awards will include federal funding to which federal requirements apply.

Preliminary proposals are required and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023. Final project applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2023. Applications received after this date, as well as incomplete applications, will not be considered. Please submit the application and all required materials to 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane WA 99201 or electronically to [email protected]. If you are submitting a hard copy of the application materials, it must be postmarked by November 10, 2023. Only electronic or mailed hard copy applications will be accepted.

Section 5310 funds are available for capital and operating expenses to support the provision of transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Eligible capital projects include the capital cost of contracting services, the purchase or acquisition of ADA vehicles, passenger amenities related to 5310 funded vehicles, and support for mobility management and coordination programs among public transportation providers and other human service agencies. Eligible operating projects include those that exceed the minimum ADA requirements, improve access to fixed route service and decrease reliance on ADA complementary paratransit service, and that provide alternatives to public transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities. There are two categories of projects, “Traditional” and “Other” projects, explained below and in STA’s Program Management Plan (PMP). Eligible project(s) must be located in the Spokane Urbanized Area, https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10map/UAUC_RefMap/ua/ua83764_spokane_wa/DC10UA83764.pdf

Eligible project applicants can be either private, non-profit organizations, local governments, or other providers of public transportation* that provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Eligible applicants for the “Traditional” category must either be a private nonprofit organization or a local governmental authority that is approved by the state of Washington to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Eligible applicants to receive funding for the “Other” category include a local governmental authority or a private nonprofit organization. For project eligibility questions, submit questions to [email protected], or contact Madeline Arredondo, Associate Transit Planner, by phone at (509) 325-6059. Project application and materials, as well as information on the over Section 5310 program can be found on STA’s website: https://www.spokanetransit.com/section-5310-program/

*To be considered a provider of public transportation, an agency must provide “shared-ride” transportation, which means that it may transport two or more passengers in the same vehicle who are otherwise not travelling together (as opposed to exclusive-ride taxi services). Providers of public transportation can be either public or private agencies.

An informational meeting was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from (2pm -3pm) via WebEx to provide potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions about the program and the project eligibility requirements. Office hours will also be available every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. via WebEx until the application due date for interested applicants to ask questions or receive technical assistance. Applicants may also request a one-on-one meeting with STA to ask questions and receive technical assistance with application materials. Meeting information will be posted on the Spokane Transit Authority website at: https://www.spokanetransit.com/section-5310-program/. If you need additional information about the WebEx informational meeting, please contact Madeline Arredondo, Associate Transit Planner at (509)325-6059 or by email at [email protected]. Persons requesting accommodations are encouraged to contact Dana, Infalt, Clerk of Authority at (509) 325-6096 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Click here to view a recording of the meeting.

The presentation for the October 25, 2023 meeting can be found here.

You may contact Madeline Arredondo, Associate Transit Planner, at [email protected] or (509) 325-6059 to preregister for this meeting.

These projects must comply with comprehensive land use and transportation planning in the area and must be consistent with the adopted programming of projects in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) prepared by Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC). Projects that receive Section 5310 funding must be derived from the locally developed Spokane County Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan, also prepared by SRTC located here, https://www.srtc.org/human-services-transportation-plan/.

Preliminary Proposals are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 10, 2023.

Office hours will be held every Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. until the Final Project Application Due Date. Interested applicants may preregister for any of these meetings or request one-on-one meetings for technical assistance by contacting Madeline Arredondo, Associate Transit Planner, at [email protected] or (509) 325-6059. Links to the virtual offic hours are below.

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Upon request, this information will be produced in alternate formats for people who are disabled. Spokane Transit assures nondiscrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information see www.spokanetransit.com or call (509) 325-6096 (TTY Relay 711).

Public Notice: 30-day Public Comment Period

STA is holding a 30-day public comment period for the Section 5310 Program Management Plan (PMP) update beginning on November 8, 2023. Please see the full notice here.

Please submit comments to:

Attn:  Madeline Arredondo, Associate Transit Planner,
Spokane Transit Authority,
1230 W. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA  99201

Or by email to [email protected]

Comments must be received by December 8, 2023.

STA Technical Assistance

Subrecipient Workshop February 18, 2021

Title VI Workshop – December 22, 2021

Reporting Workshop – January 26, 2022

Previous Call for Projects

2022

The 2022 Section 5310 Call for Projects is now closed, and the STA Board has awarded Section 5310 funding to recommended projects. Below you will find the 2022 Call for Projects Notice for your reference. 

2022 Call for Projects Public Notice

2021 Call for Projects Informational Meeting – September 26, 2022 

2022 Section 5310 Informational Meeting Presentation Materials

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2021

The 2021 Call for Projects is now closed, and the STA Board has awarded Section 5310 funding to recommended projects. Below you will find the 2021 Call for Projects Notice for your reference. 

2021 Call for Projects Public Notice 

2021 Call for Projects Informational Meeting – July 1, 2021 

Prior 5310 Apportionment Funding:

2022 Project Funding

 

Organization 

Project Name 

Project Description

Funding Award

Cancer Can’t 

Transportation Support for Cancer Patients 

The Transportation Support Program for Cancer Patients project will provide transportation for cancer patients by providing pre-scheduled and same-day services for oncology care appointments. 

$38,708 

COAST Transportation 

Demand Response Transportation 

The COAST Demand Response Transportation project will provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities living in or near rural communities south of Spokane who cannot otherwise access public transit.

$123,793 

Special Mobility Services 

Mobility Management 

The project will leverage existing resources by assessing transportation needs, increasing the public’s awareness of transportation options, enhancing the consumer’s ability to utilize existing services, and encouraging better coordination and connectivity between transportation providers and programs. 

$280,658 

SNAP Resource Rides 

Neighbors on the GO 

The Neighbors on the GO project will provide enhanced transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities who are experiencing transportation access barriers to medical appointments, food networks, and other community services.

$130,976 

Arc of Spokane 

Community Center Transportation 

Employ staff members and drivers to provide ongoing support for Community Center members who have intellectual and development disabilities, who may not easily access regularly scheduled routes, public transportation, and paratransit.

$182,448 

COAST Transportation 

ADA Vehicle Purchase 

Purchase an ADA compliant van to provide transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities living in or near rural communities south of Spokane who cannot otherwise access public transit.

$82,125 

 

 

 

$980,095 

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