Section 5310 Program
Pima Association of Governments is the metropolitan planning organization (“MPO”) for Pima County. PAG has been delegated, pursuant to federal legislation and by agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation, authority to select and recommend FTA 5310 grant recipients. PAG is required to establish a competitive process through which grant recipients are to be selected based upon regional priorities. PAG has established a competitive selection process, which is compliant with federal and state requirements. PAG’s recommendations for urban projects are forwarded to ADOT for final selection and award by ADOT. PAG’s recommendations for rural projects are forwarded to ADOT to compete at a statewide level.
Potential recipients or sub-recipients of a competitive federal grant are prohibited from having any involvement in the programming and selection process.
Also known as the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, the 5310 program assists nonprofit agencies in acquiring and operating vehicles to transport older adults and persons with disabilities. Agencies can receive up to 80 percent of the cost of a vehicle that will be used for client transportation and up to 50 percent reimbursement for vehicle operating expenses. Nonprofit agencies, Native American Nations, Districts and Tribes are eligible applicants. Types of vehicles typically available under this program include:
- Maxi-Van with lift and raised roof
- Dual rear wheel cutaway (larger van/mini-bus with lift)
- Maxi-Van without lift
- Mini-Van without lift
- Mini-Van with ramp
Local applications are solicited annually and are reviewed by a regional Elderly and Disabled Transportation Review Task Force. The Task Force listens to presentations by potential recipients and ranks the submissions for Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) for inclusion on a statewide priority list. In the past, agencies in the Tucson region have secured grant assistance for the acquisition of 15 or more vehicles through a statewide competitive process. In 2013, due to a change in the way in which 5310 funds are apportioned, the region receives set funding on a formula basis; eliminating the requirement that local agencies compete statewide for grants.
2018 5310 Notice of Funding Availability
Transportation Mobility Coordinator
Pima Association of Governments
1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: (520) 792-1093
Fax: (520) 620-6981