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Locally Coordinated Public-Transit Human Services Transportation Program (LOCHSTP) for the Bridgeport-Stamford Urbanized Area

Overview:

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):

LOCHSTP Planning Documents:


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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. 


 

CONTACT US:

If you have comments or would like additional information, please contact:

Craig Lader, Senior Transportation Planner, SWRPA

lader@swrpa.org

Lisa Rivers, Transportation Supervising Planner, Connecticut Department of Transportation

Lisa.Rivers@ct.gov

860.594.2834



 FTA Section 5310 Program (updated 4/17/14)

Overview:

The Section 5310 Grant Program, administered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), supplies funding for transportation services to meet the special needs of seniors and persons with disabilities.  

The Section 5310 has changed significantly since the implementation of MAP-21.  Under MAP-21, the existing award of cash grants for qualified recipients towards the purchase of wheelchair accessible vehicles is maintained and funding has not been reduced. Referred to as “traditional” 5310 or project category A, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will pay 80% of the cost of a wheelchair accessible vehicle.  The remaining vehicle cost must be funded by the awarded recipient.

In addition, there are three new categories of project types that can now be funded under Section 5310; categories B, C & D. These categories are similar to the eligible project types under the former Section 5317 Program known as the New Freedom Program.

Under MAP-21, there are four project categories:

5310 A
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.
Non-profit organizations may apply for this funding, which is used to purchase vehicles for the purpose of transporting seniors and people with disabilities.  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.

5310 B

Public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the ADA.
 
5310 C
Public transportation projects that improve access to fixed route service and
decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit.
 
5310 D
Alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with
disabilities with transportation.

5310 B, C & D eligible recipients include:
  • A private non-profit organization
  • A State or local governmental authority that is approved by the State to coordinate services for seniors and persons with disabilities OR certifies that there are no non-profit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service
  • An operator of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient.

5310 B, C & D eligible recipients include:
  • A private non-profit organization
  • A State or local governmental authority that is approved by the State to coordinate services for seniors and persons with disabilities OR certifies that there are no non-profit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service
  • An operator of public transportation that receives a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is the designated recipient of the Section 5310 funding for the Bridgeport/Stamford Urbanized Area.  CTDOT works with Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs) to solicit and award grants for the purchase of vehicles.  SWRPA assists CTDOT 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 CTDOT and local transportation providers over the years to provide assistance for the completion of these applications.  SWRPA received the FY2013 grant applications in February 2014 and sent out notification to interested parties on March 7, 2014. 

SWRPA hosted a meeting to review the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Grant Application Process on March 20, 2014.  The purpose of this meeting was to provide information on the FTA Section 5310 program, including the FY20113 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.

Final applications are due to SWRPA and ConnDOT by May 16, 2014.  Applicants will be notified of ConnDOT's decisions during June 2014

Questions for ConnDOT may be addressed to Ellen M. Lawrence (860) 594-2912 or ellen.lawrence@ct.gov.

 


 

For more information on the Section 5310 Grant, please see the CTDOT Project Website:

CTDOT Section 5310 Website

    If you have comments or would like additional information from SWRPA, please contact:

    Craig Lader
    Senior Transportation Planner
    888 Washington Blvd
    Stamford, CT 06901

    Phone: 203-316-5190
    Fax: 203-316-4995
    Email: lader@swrpa.org

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