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Please Provide Input to the Federal Transit Administration on Section 5310 Formula Grant Performance Measures

Photo Courtesy of DART, Dallas, TX

Why Participate?

Performance measure data is important to FTA and valuable to Section 5310 grantees for many reasons, including:

• FTA will use this information in part to make decisions about future investments and policies related to Section 5310-funded providers.

• Performance measure data informs policymakers at multiple levels about the needs of States and communities regarding accessible transportation services;

• Grantees can use the information to improve their organizational processes and in outreach and communication with key stakeholders.

FTA is especially interested in hearing from national nonprofit organizations, community organizations, and public agencies that provide technical assistance and advocacy on issues related to transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

What is the Purpose of this Online Dialogue?

The purpose of this online dialogue is to get feedback on what performance measures can be used to best ensure a ride is accessible, available, affordable, and safe. MAP-21, the most recent federal authorizing legislation for the U.S. Department of Transportation, has a new initiative associated with the Section 5310 formula grants—for the Federal Transit Administration to submit a report to Congress recommending performance measures for these community grants.

Section 5310 grants are “intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds for programs to serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportations services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.” *

* From the U.S. DOT FTA Fact Sheet: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Section 5310

What Are We Asking You To Do?

Please provide your thoughts on the following key questions:

1. What are the three most valuable ways in which Section 5310 funds can be used to meet the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities?

2. What performance measures best reflect the value and benefits of the Section 5310 program (e.g., number of customers served, types of projects funded, increased ridership, increased capacity, number of trips, increased service via expanded or additional routes, number of accessible vehicles, expanded personal mobility defined as individuals being able to get to more activities and/or additional support to customers)?

    a. If you receive Section 5310 funds either directly or indirectly, what impact has the program had     on your passengers’/clients’ mobility options?

    b. Does your organization or agency already collect and report performance measures not                 currently required by FTA, and if so, what are they and would you recommend these for other           Section 5310 grantees?

3. Please describe the extent to which your agency has or would be able to collect data to report on the following performance measures:

    a. Increased geographic service area;
    b. Improved quality of transportation service provided;
    c. Increased hours of service for seniors and people with disabilities;
    d. Increased ridership (i.e., number of rides as measured by one-way trips); and
    e. Increased accessibility (e.g., increased number of accessible vehicles).

4. Should FTA combine the reporting requirements of Section 5335(c) into a single requirement for recipients of Section 5310? The proposed method would use the National Transit Database (NTD) system for recipients of Section 5310, Section 5311, and Section 5307 to report on behalf of their sub-recipients.

    a. If not, what approach should FTA consider for implementing the requirements of Section 5335       (c)?

    b. If not, what approach should FTA consider in making recommendations to Congress on                 collecting quantitative and qualitative data to support performance measurers for the Section             5310 program?

Background Performance Measures 5310

Please focus ideas and comments on one of the questions relating to Section 5310 performance measures. If you have comments and feedback regarding the 5310 program overall, please send them to [email protected] or call (800) 659-6428.

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