Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310)



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Fact Sheet


Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Sponsoring Organization

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)


Provides formula funding to states and designated recipients to help meet the transportation needs of older adults and individuals with disabilities, including those with a drug addiction that limits major life activities. Supports the development and implementation of transportation services to enhance mobility in the following areas:

  • Large urbanized areas with over 200,000 residents
  • Small urbanized areas with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 people
  • Rural areas with fewer than 50,000 residents

Section 5310 funds may be used for:

  • Buses and vans
  • Lifts, ramps, and securement devices for wheelchairs
  • Transportation technology systems, such as scheduling, routing, and one-call systems
  • Mobility management programs
  • Securing transit services through a contract, lease, or other arrangement
  • Travel training
  • Programs for volunteer drivers
  • Constructing paths, such as curb-cuts or sidewalks, to make bus stops more accessible
  • Creating pedestrian signals or other features that are easily accessed
  • Enhancing signage or way-finding technology
  • Vehicles for new and accessible programs related to taxis, ride sharing, and/or van pooling

Amount of Funding

Project period: 3 years

FTA uses a formula to award funds to states and designated recipients.

Who Can Apply

Eligible direct recipients include:

  • States and designated recipients for urbanized areas over 200,000 in population
  • States for rural and small urbanized areas under 200,000 in population
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes

Eligible subrecipients for Section 5310 projects include:

  • State or local governmental authorities
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • Operators of public transportation

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • Equipment • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application requirements, instructions, and other relevant information can be found in the program circular.

Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic questions:
FTA Office of Program Management

Federal Transit Administration Regional Offices

Topics This Program Addresses

Elderly People • Infrastructure • People with Disabilities • Teleservices and Technology • Transportation