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Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan

The Coordinated Plan provides a five-year implementation plan of public transit and specialized 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.

2018 Coordinated Plan Update Process

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.

As part of the 2018 Coordinated Plan update, SANDAG is in the process of developing a long-term Specialized Transportation Strategic Plan to address the increasing specialized service needs of seniors and persons with disabilities. This Plan was identified as a Near-Term Action for implementation in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. SANDAG staff is also working on a Flexible Transportation Solutions for Seniors (FTSS) project, in conjunction with the 2018 Coordinated Plan, to evaluate options for improving specialized transportation for seniors.

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) will hold two public workshops to discuss these projects. SANDAG is encouraging the community to provide input on the new plans, share thoughts on social service transportation needs (including those of seniors, low income, and disabled individuals), and discuss other issues pertinent to social service transportation in the county. Meetings will be held at the following locations:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 from 4-6 p.m.
SANDAG - 7th Floor Board Room
401 B Street, San Diego 92101

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 4-6 p.m.
San Marcos Civic Center - Dining Room
3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 92069

If you are unable to attend any of the meetings, please call the Coordinated Plan Hotline at (619) 699-1934, to share your ideas and discuss additional outreach opportunities.

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. 

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.

Guide to Developing a Title VI Plan for FTA Subrecipients (Word)

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, the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council, 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 | Quarter 4

FY 2017

Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 | Quarter 4

FY 2018

Quarter 1

Project Manager

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

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