Locally Coordinated Public-Transit Human Services Transportation Program (LOCHSTP) for the Bridgeport-Stamford Urbanized Area
The most recent federal transportation program, called SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users) requires any region that will make use of certain human service transportation funding prepare a locally-coordinated public transit human services transportation plan (LOCHSTP). The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides funding targeted to the transportation of the elderly, low-income, or disabled and includes: Section 5310 Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities Program; Section 5316 Job Access and Reverse Commute Program; and Section 5317 New Freedom Initiative. SAFETEA-LU requires that the LOCHSTP include representatives of public, private, for profit and non-profit transportation and human services providers and users.
Year 1 LOCHSTP Plan (2007):
Working Group Meeting Summaries:
LOCHSTP Planning Documents:
For additional AARP information, contact: AARP Connecticut, Capital Place, 21 Oak Street, Hartford, CT 06106. State Director - Brenda Kelley (860) 548-3161; State Advocacy Director - John Erlingheuser (860) 548-3165.
If you have comments or would like additional information, please contact:
Margaret Mixon, Transportation Planner, Greater Bridgeport Regional Council
Craig Lader, Senior Transportation Planner, SWRPA
David Elder, Transportation Planner, Valley COG
Lisa Rivers, Transportation Supervising Planner, Connecticut Department of Transportation
Henry Jadach, Executive Director, Milford Transit District
Nancy Carroll, Deputy Administrator, Norwalk Transit District
Doug Holcomb, Planning and Service Development Officer, Greater Bridgeport Transit
FTA Section 5310 Program (updated 1/25/12)
The Section 5310 Grant Program, administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), supplies funding for transportation services to meet the special needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities. Non-profit organizations may apply for this funding, which is used to purchase vehicles for the purpose of transporting seniors and people with disabilities, as per the organization's general mission. These trips may be for medical, recreational, or social purposes, and may be offered as a fixed or on-demand service. In towns where there exist no organizations that provide these services, municipalities may apply for the funding and provide these services for their citizens.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) is the designated recipient of the Section 5310 funding in Connecticut. ConnDOT works with the Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) to solicit and award grants for the purchase of vehicles. SWRPA assists ConnDOT with the distribution of applications and the ranking of applications received. The funding must be spent completely towards the purchase of vehicles.
SWRPA has worked with ConnDOT and local transportation providers over the years to provide assistance for the completion of these applications. SWRPA received the FY2011 grant applications in November 2011 and sent out notification to interested parties on December 1, 2011.
SWRPA hosted a meeting to review the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Application Process on January 10, 2012. The purpose of this meeting was to provide information on the FTA Section 5310 program, including the FY2011 ConnDOT application, the regional project selection and priority setting process, and the timetable. It also provided the opportunity to ask questions and seek technical assistance.
Potential grant recipients notified SWRPA of their intent to apply by January 24, 2012. Final applications are due to SWRPA and ConnDOT by March 23, 2012. Applicants will be notified of ConnDOT's decisions on June 8, 2012.
Questions for ConnDOT may be addressed to Ellen M. Lawrence (860) 594-2912 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Section 5310 Grant, please see:
If you have comments or would like additional information from SWRPA, please contact:
Assistant Transportation Planner
888 Washington Blvd
Stamford, CT 06901
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