Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 62. The National Perspective - An Assessment of Section 5310 Program Administration Under MAP-21

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program has had significant changes implemented under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21). These changes have impacted how the program is administered, and therefore, its stakeholders and customers. This research aims to determine how the prescribed changes to the program are being implemented, in particular but not limited to how states and large urbanized areas are administering the program now and how large Urbanized Area (UZA) newly designated recipients are responding. In implementing the program, each state and urbanized area has had to make a number of administrative and program decisions. Documenting and sharing the results of the decisions made may assist as implementation continues and assist in informing potential adjustments to future legislation. Examples of the questions that might be asked and answered with this research include: (1) Some Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) have more than one large UZA within their jurisdiction and have chosen to allow 5310 designated recipient bifurcation. How has this scenario affected program administration for both state transportation departments (DOTs) and the FTA? (2) How are states and the FTA communicating with large and small UZAs and rural areas about transportation coordination? and (3) How are Section 5310 program funds being distributed between local transportation agencies and non-profit organizations under this structure? Have there been impacts to FTA Section 5317 New Freedom projects that are now eligible under the 5310 program - are they getting funded? It might also be useful to document how FTA, DOTs and large UZA designated recipients perceive the success of their implementation decisions to date and which of their administrative approaches they would consider best practices for others. The objective of this research is to inform state and local 5310 agencies and stakeholders of administrative practices used to implement the new program management structure employed by Congress through the FTA under MAP 21. With this information, state and large urban 5310 designated recipients, their local agency/stakeholder peers and perhaps FTA will be able to identify necessary program modifications and/or opportunities. Specifically, the project will promote actions that foster success in meeting the program's current and future administrative structure. The research approach would be guided by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 20-65 panel with the involvement of program stakeholders and administrators of FTA programs at the federal, state and local level. The following specific research steps are envisioned: Task 1. Determine the final questions to be asked and answered and best way to capture and review existing 5310 program management practices for rural, small urban, and large urban areas. Question should be approved and finalized by the NCHRP 20-65 Project Panel. Task 2. Survey the full range of program stakeholders/customers (a representative sample of state 5310 designated recipients, large UZA designated recipients, subrecipients, direct recipients, FTA, and other relevant stakeholders) to gain information about their implementation decisions to date, including the results of those decisions and which they would recommend as best practices as well as their perceptions - pre-and post-MAP 21 regarding program management practices and program effectiveness. Task 3. Collect objective data to identify which entities applied for Section 5310 funds for large urbanized areas in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2013/14. Task 4. Collect objective data on which agencies applied for Section 5310 funds in FFY 2012/13. Organize the findings from Tasks 1 through 3. Summarize the findings and compile into a final report.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Start Date: 20150310
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39202

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  • Accession Number: 01556643
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Mar 11 2015 1:01AM