MDOT recommends FTA use ridership, accessibility improvements and geographci coverage as the measures. These measures should be defined to show – at the designated recipient level – how the designated recipients Section 5310 funded programs fills in gaps and/or supplements transit options available for elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities in addition to what is made possible through the two formula programs ...more »
MDOT recommends all reporting be done by the designated recipient and rolled up at the designated recipient level. FTA should not collect data at the subrecipient level. Some state DOTs have one hundred or more Section 5310 subrecipients As directed by federal law, these subrecipients are often not transportation professionals, but non-profit agencies that provide transportation services in support of their core mission ...more »
2.People added to fixed route system or otherwise added to the public transportation system (a mobility management measure)
1)Provide transit services in areas where there is no public transportation or public transportation is insufficient.
2)Support mobility management and specifically travel training to assist people with special needs to learn to use the fixed route system.
3)Purchase of vehicles or other equipment or technology that create better access.
The coordinated planning process is used to advance local efforts and solutions to improve transportation for elderly and disabled populations. Therefore, the FTA should allow maximum flexibility on the use of 5310 funds to meet locally identified transportation solutions. Transportation alternatives, such as volunteer driver programs, taxi voucher programs, mobility management and coordination efforts, and incentives ...more »
Recipients of the Section 5310 program tend to be small nonprofit organizations with limited resources, whose main mission is often not transportation services. Overly rigorous data collection and reporting requirements may preclude these entities from participating in the 5310 program, and thus reduce the effectiveness of the program. Under MAP-21, Caltrans has delegating program development for the large urbanized ...more »
Reporting requirements FTA is considering combining the reporting requirements of Section 5335(c) into a single requirement for recipients of Section 5310, using the National Transit Database (NTD) system. In the Bay Area, and likely in other regions as well, there has been relatively little overlap between the recipients of Section 5310 (and formerly New Freedom) funding, and the recipients of other federal funding ...more »
In heavily auto dependent areas, urban and rural, areas with poor walkability, incomplete streets, limited transit or no transit a performance indicator that reveals: More modal choice More complete streets Better walkability Increased transit routes/times/connectors Addition of transit Addition of demand response service Added coverage of mobility management Add to this list, please Measuring an individuals ability ...more »
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 – We currently collect this data. b. Improved quality of transportation service provided – We currently do not collect data specific to consumer satisfaction with transportation. We do collect data on consumer satisfaction with our overall services. ...more »
At our non-profit organization, we utilize 5310 funds for the replacement of our buses. We use our buses to transport people with disabilities to and from their homes, our facilities, and work sites in the community. Our typical funding streams cover the on-going operating costs of our transportation program like fuel and driver wages. However, these funds do not cover vehicle replacement, which is why we rely on the ...more »
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments on FTA’s “National Online Dialogue: Seeking Input on Section 5310 Performance Measures.” AASHTO represents the 50 State Departments of Transportation as well as the Transportation Departments in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. In the spirit of providing comments based upon field experience ...more »
This would be a reasonable approach provided that the FTA facilitates information pertaining to the NTD and provides adequate support and education on the utilization of the system. The NTD should also be able to support the inclusion of the Section 5310 program data as its own entity separate from Section 5311, and Section 5307 so as to avoid convoluted statistics. The FTA must also provide reporting and administrative ...more »