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Pima Association of Governments works with local governments, the Arizona Department of Transportation, the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES), community agencies and interested citizens in developing plans and recommendations for the allocation of federal Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and other federal, state and local funds for services that help people in need.

In particular, the funding for Human Services helps address the social services needs of children, youth at risk, families in crisis, low income individuals, homeless, elderly and persons with disabilities.

Approximately $1.5 million in SSBG funding is contracted by DES to local agencies to respond to the locally identified needs in the plan. The SSBG plan is adopted annually and amended as needed throughout the year. PAG works with member jurisdictions and local agencies to identify priority needs, explore options, establish goals and develop partnerships with interested stakeholders. A regional Social Services Planning Committee meets several times annually to coordinate regional responses to community needs.

PAG also prepares a Public Transit - Human Services Coordinated Transportation Plan that identifies human services transportation needs, barriers to meeting those needs and recommends strategies to increase mobility options in the region. Three federal grant opportunities provide annual funding for implementing these strategies and specific projects identified by the Coordinated Transportation Plan: the 5310, 5316 and 5317 programs.

The Elderly/Mobility 5310 program assists nonprofit agencies in acquiring vehicles to transport elderly and disabled clients.

The Jobs Access and Reverse Commute (JARC)/5316 program assists in providing transportation services designed to transport low-income individuals to and from jobs and activities related to their employment.

The New Freedoms/5317 program provides funding for public transportation services and alternatives that improves mobility for individuals with disabilities.

Section 5310 Program

Pima Association of Governments manages the federal Section 5310 program for the region. 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. Starting in 2013, due to a change in the way in which 5310 funds are apportioned, the region will receive set funding on a formula basis; eliminating the requirement that local agencies compete statewide for grants.

The 2012 rankings of 5310 applications were adopted by the PAG Regional Council in April 2012, and submitted to ADOT for consideration. ADOT released the statewide 5310 grantee rankings in October 2012, and 5310 applicants have been notified of their grant awards. The 5310 vehicles are being ordered and will be delivered to the successful applicants in the winter of 2012 and spring 2013.

2013 5310 Notice of Funding Availabilty

For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Transportation Transit Programs Grants page.

Section 5310 - 2013 Application Cycle Timeline

  • March 15 - Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) sent out statewide
  • April 1 -  Release of guidebook to the public on April 1
  • April 3 - Webinar training led by ADOT to explain the guidebook, application process, and how to approach/answer application questions
  • April 5 - Release of 5310 application
  • April 9 - Webinar training led by Intelligrants on E-Grant system on April 9 
  • Late April - Follow Up Training/ Q&A Session to provide further assistance
  • June 7 - Applications due

To register for the 5310 training webinars, please follow the links below.  Space is limited:

ADOT 5310 Application Process & Program Guidelines
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM MST
E-Grant System Application Training
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM MST

Documents and Applications

Contact Information:
Patrick Hartley
Transportation Planner
Pima Association of Governments
1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401
Tucson, AZ 85701

Phone: (520) 792-1093
Fax: (520) 620-6981

Pima Find-a-Ride

Pima Find-a-Ride is a directory of transportation options for the general public, people with disabilities and older adults who want access to reliable transportation in the greater Tucson region beyond their private vehicle. Pima Find-a-Ride will help you find transportation options for getting to work, running errands, going to medical appointments or just getting around.


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