Transportation Planning Board

Specialized Transportation

Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

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The Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MPO), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Metro Transit, is pleased to announce the availability of Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funds for calendar year 2017. This program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as authorized under 49 U.S.C. § 5310 (CFDA 20.521).

The Section 5310 Program provides formula funding to states and large MPOs to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Grant recipients in the Madison area will be selected through a competitive process by the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board. For a map of the urban area (blue boundary), click here. The minimum local share for projects is 20% for capital projects and mobility management programs and 50% for operating projects. Recipients will be required to adhere to the Section 5310 Program Management and Recipient Coordination Plan. For projects outside the Madison area, please see the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website for the state-wide Section 5310 grant program.

Eligible recipients include:

  • Private non-profit organizations
  • Local government bodies
  • Public transportation operators (including shared-ride taxi and paratransit)

Projects must carry out the Section 5310 program’s goal of enhancing mobility for seniors and people with disabilities and must be consistent with the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan.

Eligible activities include:

  • Capital expenses for public transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities
  • Mobility management services
  • Public transportation projects (including operating costs) that exceed the requirements of the American With Disabilities Act
  • Projects that improve access to fixed route transit service and decrease reliance paratransit service
  • Alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and people with disabilities with transportation

Download application materials:

Follow the instructions in the instruction manual above.   Download the application spreadsheet (XLS) above and fill out the necessary fields according to the instructions.  If you are not able to use the spreadsheet, you may download the pdf version.  Submit your application electronically via email to the project contact listed below by the August 18, 2017 deadline.

Other required documents:


Application released .................................. June 19, 2017

Applications due ....................................... August 18, 2017

Preliminary awards announced ..................... September 11, 2017

Awards finalized ........................................ October 9, 2017

Grant Cycle Begins ..................................... January 1, 2018

Grant Cycle Ends ....................................... December 31, 2018 

For more information, contact:

Philip Gritzmacher, Jr., AICP

Madison Area Transportation Planning Board
(608) 243-0182

121 South Pinckney Street, Suite 400

Madison, Wisconsin 53703

Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan

The 2013 Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan for Dane County serves as the locally developed coordinated plan for projects funded under the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. It was developed through a process that included representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers and participation by members of the public.

For coordinated public transit – human services transportation plans in other Wisconsin counties, click here.


Specialized Transportation Services in Dane County

The Dane County Department of Human Services provides individual and group transportation services which enable seniors and people with disabilities and to access their communities and needed services. Transportation assistance may also be provided for low-income families or persons with unusual medical transportation expenses. For more information, call Dane County’s Transportation Call Center at (608) 242-6489.

Accessible paratransit service is provided by Metro Transit in the Madison area.

Monona Transit provides specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities (Monona Lift) within Monona with service to and from Madison.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County provides individual rides to medical trips for adults aged 60 and over and
for people with disabilities with their driver escort service.

The YWCA’s YW Transit program – (608) 316-6888 – provides rides for low-income people going to and from work and employment-related activities, as well as safe rides at night for potential victims of sexual assault.