MAP 21 Transportation Changes and the Impact on the 5310 Program
New Transportation Bill MAP-21Changes in Funding for Specialized Transportation Coordination Council February 13, 2013
MAP-21 Merges 5317-New Freedom function and funds into an expanded Section 5310 Makes New Freedom into a formula program with 60% of funds going to large urban areas Our Region’s share $710,205 (more than we ever got from 5310 and 5317 combined)
Expanded 5310Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and People with DisabilitiesProjects that:serve the special needs of transit-dependentpopulations where public transportation isinsufficient, inappropriate or non-existentgo beyond the ADAimprove access to fixed routeprovide alternatives to public transportation
Eligible Recipients States or local government authorities Private non-profit agencies Public bodies approved to coordinate services for the elderly and people with disabilities Operators of public transit that “receive a grant indirectly through a recipient”
Eligible Direct Recipients Transit Agency (Greene CATS, GDRTA, Miami County Transit) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MVRPC) ODOT, but they have announced they won’t do it
Eligible Expenses Minimum of 55% of funds to be used for capital projects to meet the special needs of seniors and people with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient (primarily vehicles, but also radios, ADTs and computer dispatch equipment) Remaining amount can be used for public transit projects that go beyond the ADA, improve access to fixed route for people with disabilities, or for “alternatives to public transit” (operating or capital)
Coordinated Planning and Project Selection Must be included in or derived from the local Coordinated Plan (this requirement may be revised) Projects do not have to be competitively selected (but can be) Funds will be available in the year of allocation plus two years (must be obligated in an FTA grant in that time)
To Do…. Recommend a Designated Recipient to the Governor Replace the entire State run process with a Regionally-controlled process Award the 2013 funding by 2015 (must be on an awarded and on an FTA grant by that time) Develop a process for “including projects in the locally-developed Coordinated Plan”
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