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Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

vanpoolersThe Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program supports projects that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations by providing transit alternatives that go beyond traditional public transportation services and requirements of the 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 www.accessnorthtexas.org.



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