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​Enhanced Mobility / Special Needs

The program is focused on service and capital transit asset improvements for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Typical projects include vehicle fleet growth and maintenance, facilities, signs, equipment, and contracted service.







Accessible transportation programs are designed to remove barriers, coordinate services throughout the state, and expand options for people with special transportation needs. Public transportation providers must provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities and other physical limitations. Accessible transit services, also known as paratransit, offer additional services that regular transit cannot. Contact your local transit agency or Regional Transit Coordinator for more information about access to both paratransit and regular fixed-route transit services.

Click on the Funding, Guidance, Compliance, and Reference tabs above to learn more about Enhanced Mobility / Special Needs programs.





§5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

Oregon distributes state, FTA and ODOT Surface Transportation Program funds biannually to improve service to the special needs, seniors, and other transit-dependent populations beyond traditional services. Typical projects include vehicle fleet growth and maintenance, facilities, signs, equipment, and purchased service. This allows service providers to maintain assets and services that are safe, in good condition, and designed appropriately for the specified routes and services. Funds can also be used to provide operations, travel training, and information for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

2016 5310 Discretionary Award


2015-2017 5310 Formula Award

2013-15 5310 Formula Award


  Christine West    (503) 986-3410    christine.a.west@odot.state.or.us  


Special Transportation Fund

Oregon's Special Transportation Fund provides financial support to designated counties, transit districts, and Indian tribal governments for special transportation services benefiting seniors and individuals with disabilities. Special Transportation Funds are awarded using a population-based formula and are often used to leverage federal program dollars. Some examples of funded services include training for how to use transit, access and operating support for volunteer and dial-a-ride services, expanding accessible fixed route transit, and providing information about options for those who can no longer drive.


2016 Special Transportation Fund Discretionary Award


2015-17 Special Transportation Fund Formula Award


2013-15 Special Transportation Fund Formula Award


  David Schwert    (503) 986-4305    david.j.schwert@odot.state.or.us 






Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issues guidance, often in the form of circulars, to provide grantees with direction on program specific issues and statutory requirements. FTA is in the process of preparing new interim program guidance and new and updated circulars under MAP-21. Please continue to consult the existing circulars, which will remain a resource for program guidance in most areas.

State program guidance is available in the STF Guidebook.

§5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

FTA Program overview  

FTA Circular C 9070.1G

Special Transportation Fund

Special Transportation Fund Guidebook (See Appendix A for related Oregon Revised Statute and Administrative Rule) 





Coordinated Public Transit-Human Service Transportation Plan

Oregon's STF administrative rule requires that STF Agencies (the governing bodies of counties, transportation districts and Indian tribes designated by state law to receive the STF moneys) prepare a plan that will guide the investment of STF moneys to help seniors and individuals with disabilities get needed transportation within that area. FTA mandates this requirement for all project awards in Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program.

Update Your Coordinated Plan

Capital Inventory Management

Reporting on mileage, status, and condition of all vehicle assets acquired with FTA funds received from ODOT Public Transit is required at the end of each fiscal year. Reporting on status and condition of capitalized equipment and shelter/facility projects is due at the same time. For more details about this and other asset management topics, see the Guidance Library / Provider Handbook area of our website, Asset Maintenance and Reporting tabs.

Additional Compliance Requirements for All Programs

See the Guidance Library / Provider Handbook section, Reporting and Compliance tabs, and the Civil Rights section of our site for information regarding specific regulations and reporting forms and deadlines connected to funding for general public transportation service.

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook

Civil Rights





ODOT State Management Plan

ODOT STIP Documents

FTA Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) : Transforming the way we build, manage, and maintain our nation's transit systems.)

FTA Circulars  

Guidance Library / Provider Handbook