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Public Transit

The 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 the 2050 Regional Transportation 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.

The 2014-2018 Coordinated Plan Update Process

The draft Coordinated Plan and its technical appendix were presented to the SANDAG Transportation Committee on June 6, 2014, and the draft plan was released for public comment through July 6, 2014. The proposed final plan and its technical appendix were presented at the July 18, 2014, Transportation Committee meeting and a public hearing was held. The Transportation Committee recommended the proposed final plan for approval by the Board of Directors and the Final 2014-2018 Coordinated Plan and its Technical Appendix were approved by the Board of Directors on July 25, 2014.

In preparation for the 2014-2018 Coordinated Plan update, SANDAG hosted a series of meetings in October 2013. A total of five public meetings were held throughout the region. Feedback received through this outreach process, in addition to comments received through the online comment form, by mail, and by phone were considered in the development of the 2014-2018 Coordinated Plan. Comments were accepted through March 15, 2014.

View the 2014-2018 Coordinated Plan Workshop series summary in English, Spanish, and Arabic.

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: 

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. 

Section 5310 provides funding for transportation projects for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Senior Mini-Grant provides 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 JARC and New Freedom federal programs.

Cycle 8 Grant Awards

In the fall of 2014, SANDAG held a competitive process to distribute two years of funding through the following two specialized transportation grant programs: Federal Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities and TransNet Senior Mini-Grant (SMG). External evaluation committees (one for each grant program) scored and ranked project proposals. Funding recommendations – based on project ranking and availability of funding – were brought to the TransNet Independent Taxpayers Oversight Committee (Senior Mini-Grant only) and SANDAG Transportation Committee for their review and recommendations to the SANDAG Board of Directors.

On February 27, 2015, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the Cycle 8 funding recommendations. A Successful Grant Applicant Workshop was held for each grant program.

Successful Grant Applicant Workshop Presentation – Senior Mini Grant
Successful Grant Applicant Workshop Presentation – Section 5310

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

Project Manager

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

For media inquiries, please contact David Hicks at (619) 699-6939 or