1) DO NOT LIMIT TRADITIONAL 5310 FUNDS TO CAPITAL ONLY- Open it up to allow operating assistance. Let the non-profits decide whether it is vehicles, or operating assistance needed. Some of the agencies could serve more of the target population if they received operating funds. 2) REMOVE THE MANDATE OF 55% ON TRADITIONAL 5310 FUNDS- In our region, some agencies are requesting AND RECEIVING up to 5 vehicles at a time because ...more »
Performance Measure Suggestions
This service has been extremely valuable to my consumers who need to get to or from work when or where gaps occur in our existing public transportation in our community. I believe all resources should be considered and these funds should be utilized only when there is not an existing feasible and accessible transportation source. I like to see collaborations and partnerships and have these funds used only when necessary ...more »
Please include performance measures which allow and support the continued funding of Mobility management as a part of the 5310 program. Its value is great in assisting vulnerable target group citizens to have greater access to needed transportation.
The number of consumers who plan to use fixed route systems after travel training is completed best reflects the value of the Section 5310 program. This is somewhat akin to consumer satisfaction, but is more of a measure of consumers’ commitment to change how they transport themselves even after travel training is over. The goal of most travel training programs, including the Mobility Matters program at the Center for ...more »
1) Teach seniors and people of disabilities how to use public transportation. Spending money to improve transportation is useless for these people unless they know how to use public transportation. Teach them how to fish instead of giving them fish – use Section 5310 funds to pay travel trainers, who travel alongside people of disabilities and show them how to use tools like 511, Contra Costa’s trip travel planning ...more »
Actual use of the funds (i.e., exactly how the funds are programmed – operating assistance, vehicles, etc.) depends on the location and should be determined by each designated recipient with its subrecipients. The two most valuable overall uses of the funds are: 1) Provide essential transit services in areas where there is no public transportation and 2) Provide supplemental transit services in areas where there ...more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »