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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program supports projects intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds to programs that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.                                                                 

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Statutory Authority

49 U.S.C. Section 5310

Eligible Recipients

Eligible Recipients for Seciton 5310 projects include:

  • State or local governmental agency
  • Publicly owned operator of public transportation services
  • Privately owned operator of public transportation services
  • Private non-profit organizations
Eligible Activities

Below are a list of eligible project types and some examples. Refer to the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Guidance for a more comprehensive list of eligible capital and operating projects.

Capital projects include:

  • ADA-accessible buses or vans
  • Vehicle wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices
  • Making accessibility improvements to bus stops, stations and other facilities
  • Improving signage or implementing way-finding technology
  • Computer hardware and software, scheduling and dispatching systems
  • Purchasing transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement
  • Mobility Management activities

 Operating projects include:

  • Expansion of paratransit services beyond ADA requirements
  • Feeder services to rail or bus service beyond ADA requirements
  • Incremental cost of providing same-day or door-to-door services
  • Vouchers can be purchased for individuals as part of volunteer driver programs, vanpool services, shared-ride taxi trips or human service agency projects
Planning Requirements

Projects selected for funding under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program must be derived from a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The regional coordination plan, Access North Texas, identifies region-wide and county-wide strategies to address transportation needs. Project submittals must be consistent with strategies identified through the Access North Texas Plan. The complete plan can be found at

 Other Requirements

The basic grant management requirements for States and local governments are contained in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments,” 49 CFR Part 18. The comparable DOT rule for private non-profit organizations is “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations,” 49 CFR Part 19.

Other federal requirements, such as those related to Civil Rights, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Buy America, School Transportation, Lobbying, and Drug and Alcohol Testing apply to JA/RC funded projects. This includes Labor protections required under Title 49 U.S.C. 5333(b).


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