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Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

Combination of the Section 5310 and New Freedom Programs under MAP-21

In July of 2012, a new federal transportation authorization was signed into law. The new law (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century [MAP-21]) combined the Section 5310 and New Freedom Programs to create the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. This new program is still designed to enhance mobility for seniors and people with disabilities, and the activities that were eligible for funds under the former Section 5310 and New Freedom Programs continue to be eligible activities under the new program.

Applicants will be able to request funding for vehicles (traditional 5310 purchases), certain operating expenses, mobility management activities, and non-vehicle capital purchase projects (traditional Section 5317 purchases).

Program Administration

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has decided that it will not administer the new 5310 Enhanced Mobility Program in the Green Bay Urbanized Area or in other urbanized areas in Wisconsin that exceed 200,000 people. This means that a local administration process had to be developed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (the Brown County Planning Commission) and local public transit operator (Green Bay Metro) to allow the funds associated with the new program to be distributed in the Green Bay area.

The state’s four large urbanized areas (Appleton, Green Bay, Madison, and Milwaukee) are now administering their 5310 programs while WisDOT continues to administer the program for the remainder of the state. WisDOT is currently working closely with the four large urbanized areas and will continue to do so during the application and review processes.

Who Can Apply for Section 5310 Program Funds?

Eligible recipients for non-vehicle capital and operating projects (including mobility management activities) include:
  • Private, non-profit organizations
  • Local public bodies
  • Operators of public transportation services that receive a Section 5310 grant indirectly through a recipient
Eligible recipients for vehicle purchase projects include:
  • Private, non-profit organizations
  • Local public bodies that:
  1. are approved by the state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities, or
  2. certify that there are no non-profit organizations readily available in the area to provide the service.

Section 5310 Project Applications

WisDOT, in cooperation with the state’s MPOs, has created two new applications for the Section 5310 program. One of the applications is for vehicle purchase projects, and the other is for non-vehicle capital, operating, and mobility management projects. These applications will be used for Section 5310 projects within the Green Bay Urbanized Area and throughout the rest of the state.

Click here for the project applications, program guidelines, and other information.

To whom do I Submit my Project Application?

Projects Entirely or Partially Within the Green Bay Urbanized Area

Applicants for projects that are located entirely or partially within the Green Bay Urbanized Area should submit their applications in hard copy format via US mail to the Brown County Planning Commission/Green Bay MPO. To determine if a project is entirely or partially within the Green Bay Urbanized Area, you can consult the Green Bay Urbanized Area map by clicking on this link.

Please mail Green Bay Urbanized Area applications to:

Cole Runge, Principal Planner/MPO Director
Brown County Planning Commission/Green Bay MPO
305 E Walnut Street, Room 320
PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600

Projects Entirely Outside the Green Bay Urbanized Area

Applicants for projects that are located entirely outside of the Green Bay Urbanized Area should submit their applications in hard copy format via US mail to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Please mail non-urbanized area applications to:

Judy Foss
Section 5310 Program Manager
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
4802 Sheboygan Ave.
P.O. Box 7910
Madison, WI 53707-7910

(608) 266-8968 (office)
(608) 266-0658 (fax)
Judy.Foss@dot.wi.gov

Timeline

The FY 2015 Section 5310 applications are anticipated to be available on June 16, 2014, and will be due on August 15, 2014.


Section 5310 Program Application Cycle

The Section 5310 program application cycle will occur on an annual basis.


Additional Information

For More Information, Please Visit:
Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) website for the Section 5310 program:

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – Fact Sheet

Recipient Coordination and Management Plan for the Green Bay Urbanized Area’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program
Green Bay Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Green Bay Metro Transit System, September 2013

Contact Us

If You Have Questions About the Green Bay Urbanized Area’s Section 5310 Progam, Please Contact:

Cole Runge, Principal Planner/MPO Director
305 E Walnut Street Room 320
PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600
Runge_CM@co.brown.wi.us

Or

Lisa J. Conard, Senior Transportation Planner
305 E Walnut Street, Room 320
PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600
Conard_lj@co.brown.wi.us
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