Section 5310 Grant - VIA Metropolitan Transit

Section 5310 Grant

The Section 5310, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides federal funding for the purpose of assisting eligible recipients and subrecipients in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when transportation services provided are unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs.

The program aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities in all areas. Eligible projects include both “traditional” capital investment and “nontraditional” investment beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act {ADA) complementary paratransit services.


At least 55 percent of program funds must be used on capital or “traditional” 5310 projects. Examples include:

  • Buses and vans; wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices; transit-related information technology systems including scheduling/routing/one-call systems; and mobility management programs.

  • Acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement. Both capital and operating costs associated with contracted service are eligible capital expenses, as long as the services are competitively procured. The capital eligibility of acquisition of services as authorized in 49 U.S.C. 5310(b)(4) is limited to the Section 5310 program.

The remaining 45 percent is for other “nontraditional” projects. Under MAP-21, the program was modified to include projects eligible under the former 5317 New Freedom program, described as: Capital and operating expenses for new public transportation services and alternatives beyond those required by the ADA, designed to assist individuals with disabilities and seniors. Examples include:

  • Travel training; volunteer driver programs; building an accessible path to a bus stop including curb-cuts, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features; improving signage, or way-finding technology; incremental cost of providing same day service or door-to-door service; purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, rides sharing and/or vanpooling programs; and mobility management.

Statutory References: 49 U.S.C. Section 5310 / IIJA Division (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law)
Please see below the following information:

  • 5310 Management Documents

    The Program Management Plan is a living document. It will be updated as necessary to incorporate any expansions and enhancements of the 5310 program, as well as any revisions to the programs’ management, requirements or guidelines.

    This circular provides recipients of FTA financial assistance with instructions and guidance on program administration and the grant application process relative to the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. In conjunction with publication of this circular, a Federal Register notice was published on June 6, 2014 addressing comments received during the development of the circular.

    The United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 49 is the principle set of rules and regulations issued by the Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security. Section 5310 rules and regulations are found in the following chapter:

    49 U.S.C.
    United States Code, 2015 Edition

    Sec. 5310 – Formula grants for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities

  • Federal Register Notices
  • 5310 Call for Projects

    The Call for Projects period is currently closed.

  • 5310 Awarded Subrecipients

    5310 Awarded Subrecipients – FY 2019-2020


    Alamo Area Council of Governments / Alamo Regional Transit provides public transportation to the residents in 12 rural counties including demand response, curb-to-curb transportation service. Door-to-door service may be requested for those customers needing additional mobility assistance.

    EdenHill Communities is an affordable transportation service for seniors and adults with disabilities; assisting hospitals, home health and rehabilitation centers with paratransit services on a call as needed basis. Transportation is available for local and out of town medical, shopping, social and special events

    Greater Randolph Area Services Program (GRASP) serves the elderly and disabled with paratransit on demand transportation to medical appointments, shopping, personal trips and more throughout Bexar County. GRASP also provides Congregate Noon Meals and Activities for Seniors.

    Kirby Senior Center provides travel for seniors and people with disabilities, and their caregivers if present, to and from medical appointments, to the grocery store, to financial institutions, and recreational destinations.  They also provide transportation for people with disabilities taking career-oriented courses at educational institutions.

    Ride Connect Texas provides reliable transportation that focuses on the senior’s needs by offering them what other transportation options cannot. Their program offers free transportation provided by a volunteer who wants to serve a senior.  It’s not a job for their volunteers—it’s a heartfelt decision to serve.

    Presa Community Center improves lives by providing access to needed resources and tools for social and personal transformation including: transportation for seniors and individuals with disabilities; senior nutrition and activities; emergency food pantry; community events, etc.

    San Antonio Housing Authority

    St. Gregory the Great Parish provides services through the Society of St. Vincent De Paul (providing meals to the poor and homeless); Meals on Wheels (delivering meals to the home bound); Transportation Services for seniors, home bound and individuals with disabilities.

    VIA Metropolitan Transit Special Services includes Yellow Cab Taxi Subsidy and Will-Call Service.  These programs were designed and implemented for elderly and people with disabilities who cannot use the regular bus service, providing more flexibility in planning trips for VIAtrans customers.


For questions and/or concerns regarding the 5310 program, please contact:
Christina Bune, Manager of Grants
Phone: 210-362-2020.
Fax: 210-362-2571

Submit all Request for Reimbursement packages to:
[email protected]