Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 79. Program Management Insights for the 5310 Program (Including Sub-Grantee Consolidation and Urban 5310)

The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & People with Disabilities Program (49 U.S.C. 5310) offers resources to improve mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities through the removal of transportation service barriers and the expansion of transportation service choices. Throughout the years, many State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) have increased the number of individual 5310 sub-grantees; for example, Ohio has over 250, 5310 sub-grantees. As the requirements for this program have changed over time, states are finding it increasingly difficult to manage a large number of sub-grantees. It might be in the states’ interest to limit 5310 sub-grantees to a smaller, manageable number or adopt other practices to make their oversight and assistance to their subgrantees more less demanding and more effective. In addition, with changes under MAP-21, Section 5310 funds for large urban areas are now being granted to urban transit agencies and/or MPOs many of whom have did not have significant experience in managing sub-grantees. The objective of the research is to identify best practices used by Section 5310 recipients, including State DOTs, MPO and urban transit agencies, to effectively manage their Section 5310 sub-grantees, including but not limited to efforts to reduce the total number of sub-grantees. Included in the research results should be (a) the number sub-grantees per state, and (b) identification of best practices that have led to a well-structured program and (c) efforts that have been taken to limit or reduce the number of 5310 sub-grantees and the results of those efforts. The research will help Section 5310 recipients with similar demographics to learn and implement new 5310 program management approaches. It will also inform the America Public Transportation Association (APTA), Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), on the direction (or future) of the Section 5310 programs.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $124995
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task 79

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Basemera-Fitzpatrick, Velvet

  • Performing Organizations:

    ICF Incorporated


    RLS & Associates

    Moraine, OH  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Glover, Charles

  • Start Date: 20190712
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210910
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210910

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01665758
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task 79
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Apr 9 2018 10:06PM