Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), as designated by the governor, has the authority and responsibility for administering the federal Section 5310 Grant Program for Washoe County. RTC announced the Section 5310 Grant Program Call for Projects for Washoe County in late February, 2018. The application deadline was April 2, 2018.

It is anticipated that the next two (2) year funding cycle will be announced in fall 2020, depending upon the outcome of the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CTP) update currently under development.

Program Purpose

The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Section 5310 Grant program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing funds that support the special needs of seniors beyond traditional public transportation services and for those with disabilities beyond that required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Prior Funding Availability


Capital (55%)

Operating (35%)

Administrative (10%)


1 (FY17)


$118,003 $33,716 $337,155
2 (FY18) $193,439 $123,098 $35,171


Estimated Total


Eligible Applicants

  • Private non-profit organizations
  • State or local governmental authority where no private non-profits are readily available to provide the proposed service
  • Operator of public transportation

Eligible Activities

Section 5310 funds are available for capital and operating project expenses exceeding $50,000 or more per fiscal year beginning (date TBD) through (date TDB).

“Traditional” Section 5310 Capital Projects

  • Rolling Stock
  • Non-Rolling Stock
  • Mobility Management & Coordination Programs

“Other” Section 5310 Operating Projects

Public transportation projects that:

  • Exceed the ADA minimum requirements,
  • Improve access to fixed-route service and decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on ADA-complementary paratransit service, or
  • Provide alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities with transportation.

Local Match Requirements

  • For capital costs, the local share is 20%.
  • For operating costs, the local share is 50%.

Funding Priorities

The 5310 program will support the goals and strategic objectives found in the RTC developed Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan (CTP). These goals represent a regional strategy to increase personal mobility and travel options for those with special transportation needs in the Reno-Sparks region, including seniors and individuals with disabilities.

The following priorities were identified in the February, 2015 approved CTP to improve transportation coordination in the region, and to establish funding priorities for specialized transportation services:


  1. Expansion of Volunteer Driver Program.
  2. Increase Funding for Washoe Senior Ride Program.
  3. Purchase Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles for Human Service Agencies.
  4. Provide Flexible Transit Service in Outlying Areas of Our Community.
  5. Coordinate Transportation Resources with Social Service Agencies.
  6. Increase Funding for RTC’s Non-Urbanized Transportation Program.
  7. Creation of a Private Non-Profit Transportation Provider.
  8. Provide more Travel Training.

A review of the strategies/priorities identified in the 2015 CTP is underway as the plan is being updated, the results of which are anticipated fall of 2020.

Project Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be new or expand/enhance an existing program or service. FTA 5310 funds cannot be used to supplant existing funding.
  • Proposed project expenses must exceed a minimum of $50,000, each fiscal year.
  • All projects must be included in the Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan (CTP).
  • Applicants must have management oversight and control over the operations of contracted service and purchased equipment.
  • Active Non-profit status must be provided.
  • All proposed projects must be ready to proceed.

Vehicle Eligibility

  • Awarded vehicles must be used primarily for elderly persons and/or persons with disabilities
  • Vehicles must be procured through the RTC utilizing the State of Nevada contract/list of approved vendors.
  • Comprehensive maintenance plan is required.
  • A driving training program is required.
  • Vehicles proposed for replacement must meet or exceed its useful life and be in active service during the applicant’s normal days and hours of operation.

Service Eligibility

  • Applicants must be able to document that the proposed service will serve additional persons or trips, expand the service area or hours, and/or increase the number or frequency of trips.
  • Applicants must explain growth and basis for trip projections.

Project Evaluation & Scoring

RTC is responsible for the selection of projects. This process includes a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the Cities of Reno and Sparks, Washoe County, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and low income and human service agencies that selects the projects and recommends them to the RTC Board for adoption. RTC staff will serve on the committee in an advisory, non-voting role, to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to assure that projects are derived from the CTP. The Steering Committee will recommend new projects for funding based on the competitive selection criteria below:

(maximum of 20 points)

    • To what extent the project demonstrates coordination among various entities.
    • To what extent the project involves the private sector.

NEEDS & BENEFITS (maximum of 50 points)

    • To what extent the project meets a regional transportation need.
    • To what extent the project responds to the federal evaluation criteria
    • To what extent the project demonstrates a new or innovative idea that cannot be replicated elsewhere in the region.
    • The number of seniors, persons with disabilities and/or those with limited incomes the project proposes to serve or benefit.
    • The number of trips this project will provide.

PROJECT READINESS (maximum of 30 points)

    • The project’s overall cost-effectiveness.
    • To what extent the application identifies reasonable strategies for on-going funding.
    • The feasibility of the project and the project’s ability to meet/comply with federal reporting requirements.

The RTC Board may accept the committee’s recommendations or take other action. In any case, RTC will select projects on a fair and equitable basis.

Program Requirements

Once approved by the FTA, successful applicants will enter into a Standard Agreement with RTC, which remains in effect throughout the project’s useful life, up to two years. Grantees are responsible for the proper use, operating costs, and maintenance of all project equipment, and must be prepared to comply with all applicable state and federal requirements. Specifically, the applicant is required to sign FTA’s “Certifications and Assurances” for the specific funding programs for which its organization is applying after receiving notification of award.

Applications can be submitted to:

Regional Transportation Commission
Attn: Jennifer Meyers
1105 Terminal Way, Suite 200
P.O. Box 30002
Reno, NV 89502

OR click here to submit questions regarding the program to Jennifer Meyers.

5310 Program Document Downloads