Under 49 USC Section 5310, the U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is authorized to issue capital grants for the purpose of assisting organizations in providing transportation services to meet the special needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities where existing transportation services are unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate. This includes riders who are either sixty years of age or older or who by reason of illness, injury, age, congenital malfunctions,
or other permanent or temporary incapacity or disability, are unable without special facilities or special planning or design to utilize mass transportation facilities and services as effectively as persons who are not so affected. FTA allocates Federal funds to the states for the purpose set forth in 49 USC Section 5310 and the Governor of each state, or his/her designated state agency, is responsible for administering and distributing these funds. In Ohio, the program is administered under the name of the Specialized Transportation Program.
Public bodies approved by the state to coordinate services, e.g. public bodies which serve as the current grantee in an Ohio Coordination Program project
Public bodies which certify to ODOT that no private nonprofit corporations are readily available in their area (area means county) to provide transportation services to elderly persons and persons with disabilities.
Currently, the Statewide Specialized fleet is approximately 500 vehicles
There are over 200 agencies operating vehicles received through this program throughout the state
Application mileage and ridership estimates will be compared with vehicle mileage and ridership numbers reported in the Semi-Annual Reports for those who currently have vehicles through the Specialized Transportation Program.
CURRENT STATUS 15% of agencies overestimated their ridership and mileages on their applications compared to numbers reported in their semi-annual reports for this program. This is what the application implies the ridership to be.
CURRENT STATUS This is what the semi-annual reports show.
ODOT requires that at least fifty percent of an applicant’s active fleet must be wheelchair accessible, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), before an applicant is awarded a nonaccessible vehicle.
Mobility management is intended to build coordination among existing public transportation providers and other transportation service providers with the result of expanding the availability of service.
Mobility management techniques may enhance transportation access for populations beyond those served by one agency or organization within a community.
Public Participation and Private Sector Involvement
All applicants must ensure public participation and private sector involvement to the maximum extent feasible as well as exhibit their willingness to coordinate the use of vehicles requested in this application by either:
publishing a public notice in the local newspaper of widest circulation
or sending a letter to all human service agencies operating or located within the area to be served by this project.
The deadline date for the public notice will be included in the application package.
Each agency must decide the best method for notifying agencies in their area.
Public Participation and Private Sector Involvement
Public body applicants are required to conduct a public hearing; to consider the economic, social, or environmental effects of the project; and to find the project consistent with official plans for the area.
The public hearing must be held in an accessible location and accessibility must be indicated in the advertisement. The advertisement must also state that other accommodations will be available, if requested.
Public hearings must be held no later (Date will be published in application) and notices should be published no later than two weeks prior to the public hearing date.
This fulfills the public participation and private sector involvement requirement, however, public bodies may send letters, as described above, to all human service agencies and transportation providers if they so choose.
Be specific in how your agency will use the requested vehicles or computers to meet transportation needs not currently being met or loss of transportation as a result of not replacing a vehicle. (You may add up to one (1) additional page to answer this question.)
The information should be based on your Locally Developed Coordinated Public Transit Human Service Transportation Plan.
During a twenty-eight day (4 week) period John rides the bus to and from work Monday through Friday. Marie takes the bus one day per week to and from the grocery store. May takes the bus one way to see her grandchildren once a month. Once per month, Steve goes to his doctor, the pharmacy, the bank and home. (A trip is counted each time the rider gets on the bus).
The number of unduplicated riders from the example above is 4 (This would be the total current transportation clients in the next question). The number of trips is 53. If all the trips are supplied by this vehicle, this would be the answer used in the vehicle information section of the application.
Estimate the fuel expense per year. Divide the estimated number of miles per year by the miles per gallon per the vehicle selected to determine the fuel needed for a year. Multiply the gallons per year times $3.20 to determine fuel costs per year for each vehicle requested
Minivan 19 mpg Modified Minivan 19 mpg
Converted Van 10 mpg Light Transit Vehicle 9 mpg
(Miles per year/Miles per gallon)=gallons per year. Fuel Cost per year
Vehicle Type (Miles/year ÷ Miles/gallon per Vehicle Type) x $3.25 = $____
Type Mile/yr Mile/Gal Fuel Cost/vehicle
Vehicle One _____ ____ ÷ ____ x $3.25 = $ ________
Vehicle Two _____ _____ ÷ ____ x $3.25 = $________
Vehicle Three _____ ___________ x $3.25 = $ ________
To receive credit for the next 15 questions, one or more agencies must be named for each question answered and a letter from the agency providing the service or receiving the service or a copy of the agreement between your agency and the agency named must be included in the application.
1. Serve as broker for determining best available transportation meeting needs of multiple agency clients. Brokered system: a method of providing transportation where riders are matched with a variety of transportation providers through the use of central dispatching and administrative facilities. In most cases, the broker contracts with other entities to operate vehicles
Obtain a signed statement from a licensed physician declaring driver applicant does not have a medical condition or physical condition, including vision impairment that cannot be corrected, that could interfere with safe driving, passenger assistance, and emergency treatment activity or could jeopardize the health and welfare of a client or the general public