This program provides funding for transportation projects to benefit older adults and people with disabilities. Oregon receives an annual apportionment from Congress. PTD allocates the funds through a biennial discretionary grant process and supplements appropriated funds with additional flexible funds from the surface transportation program. Eligible subrecipients are public agencies, including Tribal governments, and private nonprofit organizations. Private for-profit companies are not eligible for this program and may only participate through purchase of service agreements with an eligible subrecipient. Funding may be used for capital, operating, state administration, and project administration expenses. Oregon is one of seven pilot project states allowed to use up to 33 percent of each annual apportionment for operations. Pilot Program funds are included in the discretionary grant process. The Pilot Program requires ODOT to participate in data collection and reporting to assess the effectiveness of using §5310 funds for operations.
All projects funded with §5310 must be derived from a locally developed coordinated public transit-human service transportation plan, in Oregon referred to as “the Coordinated Plan.”