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Public Transit

Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan

The Coordinated Plan provides a five-year blueprint for the implementation of public transit and social service transportation concepts described in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. It establishes a regional strategy to provide transportation to recognized transportation-disadvantaged groups, including seniors, individuals with disabilities, and persons with limited means. The plan also combines the regional requirement for a Short-Range Transit Plan with the federal requirement for a Coordinated Plan into one planning document.

2016-2020 Coordinated Plan

On July 15, 2016, the Transportation Committee approved the final 2016-2020 Coordinated Plan and its Technical Appendix. The Coordinated Plan is updated every two years and assesses current transportation services, as well as the transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults, and persons with low incomes. The plan also proposes strategies to address identified gaps between current services and needs, and identifies priorities for implementation based on resources, time, and feasibility.

Specialized Transportation Grant Programs

The Coordinated Plan includes priorities for funding and implementation related to federal and local grant monies available for specialized transportation projects: 

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 provides federal funding for transportation projects that enhance the mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Senior Mini-Grant provides Transnet funding for specialized transportation services for seniors whose special needs cannot be met by conventional transit or paratransit services. 

SANDAG currently administers the Section 5310 and Senior Mini-Grant programs. Requirements mandate that a competitive selection process be held to award these program monies to eligible recipients. SANDAG also continues to monitor projects funded through the former Job Access and Reverse Commute and New Freedom federal programs.

Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) provides funding for transportation projects for reverse commuters and employment-related transportation for persons of limited means. 

New Freedom provides funding for transportation projects serving individuals with disabilities that go beyond the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Call for Projects – July 2016 (Cycle 9)

SANDAG has announced a call for projects for two specialized transportation grant programs: FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and TransNet Senior Mini-Grant (SMG).

The call for projects will be open for a 90-day period. Draft applications are required and must be submitted to SANDAG no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2016. Final applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016. Information on the call for projects and each of the grant programs are provided below.

Section 5310 Program Material
Senior Mini-Grant Program Material

SANDAG held a Grant Applicant Workshop on August 11, 2016. The PowerPoint presentation and notes from the Workshop are provided below.

2016 Grant Applicant Workshop Presentation & Notes

Additionally, please find below responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the Cycle 9 competitive process

Cycle 9 – FAQs

Two years of funding are available for both programs. Local government agencies, tribal governments, social service agencies, private and public operators of public transportation are eligible to apply for program funds.

Applicants may submit one application under each program. With each program application, applicants can submit multiple project proposals. This cycle, there are project proposal forms for each of the three project types: operating, capital, and mobility management. The same project proposal forms can be used for both the Section 5310 and Senior Mini-Grant programs. However, due to the different matching fund requirements, there are unique budget/schedule worksheets for each project type per grant program due to the different matching fund requirements. Also new this cycle, program applications and project proposals may be filled out online as fillable forms.

Program Applications

Section 5310 Program Application
Senior Mini-Grant Program Application
Project Summaries Supplemental Sheet

Project Proposal Forms

Operating Project Proposal Form
Capital Project Proposal Form
Mobility Management Project Proposal Form


Section 5310 Operating Project Budget/Schedule/Performance Indicator Worksheet (Excel)

Section 5310 Capital Project Budget/Schedule Worksheet (Excel)

Section 5310 Mobility Management Project Budget/Schedule Worksheet (Excel)

Senior Mini-Grant Operating Project Budget/Schedule/Performance Indicator Worksheet (Excel)

Senior Mini-Grant Capital Project Budget/Schedule Worksheet (Excel)

Senior Mini-Grant Mobility Management Project Budget/Schedule Worksheet (Excel)

For each project proposal, applicants are required to submit a scope of work. Requirements and instructions for a scope of work are included in the program materials. Applicants may use the scope of work template to develop their own project scope of work.

Operating/Mobility Management Project Scope of Work Template (Word)
Capital Project Scope of Work Template (Word)

Applicants are required to submit a resolution from their governing body that: (1) commits to the terms and conditions of the grant agreement; (2) commits to providing the amount of matching funds set forth in the grant application; and (3) authorizes applicant staff to accept the grant funding and execute a grant agreement if an award is made by SANDAG. Applicants may submit one resolution per grant program. Applicants may use the resolution templates below to develop their own resolution(s).

Section 5310 Subrecipient Resolution Template (Word)
Senior Mini-Grant Recipient Resolution Template (Word)

Applicants under the Section 5310 program are also required to sign and submit various required forms.

Section 5310 Required Forms (Word)

Program Management Plan

The Program Management Plan (PMP) guides the management of the JARC, New Freedom, Section 5310, and TransNet Senior Mini-Grant programs. The PMP is designed to provide program guidance to potential and successful applicants; provide public information on SANDAG’s administration of the grant programs; and ensure that all applicable SANDAG policies and federal, state, and local statutes and regulations are fulfilled.

Program Management Plan - April 2015

Specialized Transportation Grant Program Monitoring

SANDAG has developed a standardized monitoring program applicable to JARC, New Freedom, Section 5310, and Senior Mini-Grant programs. The purpose is to collect information on individual projects and grant programs as a whole for reporting to the Federal Transit Administration and SANDAG Committees. 

To be reimbursed for project expenses, grantees must submit an invoice, documentation of all expenses incurred during the reporting period, and a grant progress report. SANDAG staff will provide grantees an invoice packet customized to their individual project(s) at the start of their grant project(s). An example of the invoice packet is included in the Program Management Plan.

Each subrecipient of Section 5310 funds must submit the following forms prior to execution of a grant agreement: Certificate of Civil Rights Assurances, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Title VI Non-discrimination Information, and Buy America Certificate. These forms are included in the Section 5310  grant agreements. Additionally, federal subrecipients must develop and submit to SANDAG a Title VI Plan prior to execution of a grant agreement and update their Title VI plan every three years.

Title VI Program Compliance Guide

All grantees (Section 5310 subrecipients and Senior Mini-Grant recipients) must submit Title VI information to SANDAG annually. To assist grantees in collecting Title VI data, SANDAG has developed a Client Voluntary Demographic Data Survey Form that grantees may distribute to their clients.

Client Voluntary Demographic Data Survey Form (Word)

SANDAG performs regular site visits to monitor recipients. The monitoring checklist is a tool used at site visits and helps determine a performance-based adjustment to the scoring of a new proposal submitted by an existing grantee.

Monitoring Checklist

Specialized Transportation Grant Reporting

In addition to the ongoing oversight of the three specialized transportation programs, SANDAG reports regularly to the TransNet Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee (ITOC), the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), and the SANDAG Transportation Committee.  Originally, SANDAG provided annual performance reports. 

2010 Performance Report
2011 Performance Report
2012 Performance Report

Beginning in Fiscal Year 2013, SANDAG began giving quarterly updates on the Specialized Transportation Grant Programs to the Transportation Committee. 

FY 2013

Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 | Quarter 4

FY 2014

Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 | Quarter 4

FY 2015

Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 | Quarter 4

FY 2016

Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3

Project Manager

Brian Lane, Senior Transit Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7331, Email:

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