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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. 

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

Requirements mandate that a competitive selection process be held to award these monies to eligible recipients.

Call for Projects – July 2014

SANDAG has announced a Call for Projects for two specialized transportation grant programs: Federal 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 12, 2014. Final applications must be submitted to SANDAG no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Two years of funding are available for both programs. Matching funds are required for both programs; however, the percentage of matching funds required varies by project type. Local government agencies, tribal governments, social service agencies, private and public operators of public transportation are eligible to apply for program funds. More information on each program and their requirements are included in the program grant applications available below and will be discussed at the Grant Application Workshop.

Grant Application Workshop
Date: August 11, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Location: SANDAG, 7th Floor Board Room

Grant Application Workshop Presentation and Notes (PDF)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Section 5310

Section 5310 Application (Word)
Section 5310 Proposed Budget and Schedule – Capital Projects (Excel)
Section 5310 Proposed Budget and Schedule – Mobility Management Projects (Excel)
Section 5310 Proposed Budget and Schedule – Operating Projects (Excel)

TransNet Senior Mini-Grant

Senior Mini-Grant Application (Word)
Senior Mini-Grant Proposed Budget and Schedule – Operating Projects (Excel)
Senior Mini-Grant Proposed Budget and Schedule – Capital Projects (Excel)

Program Management Plan

The Program Management Plan (PMP) guides the management of the JARC, New Freedom, and TransNet Senior Mini-Grant programs. The PMP is designed to ensure that all applicable SANDAG policies and federal, state, and local statutes and regulations are fulfilled. It can be used to provide program guidance to potential and successful applicants.

Program Management Plan - June 2012

Additionally, once grantees are awarded funding, SANDAG holds a Successful Applicant Workshop to discuss SANDAG policies and procedures for administering these grant programs. 

Successful Applicant Workshop (PPT) 

Specialized Transportation Grant Program Monitoring

SANDAG has developed a standardized monitoring program applicable to Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC), New Freedom, 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, the grant recipients must submit an invoice, documentation of all expenses incurred during the reporting period, and a Grant Progress Report.

SMG Operating Invoice Form (Excel)
JARC/New Freedom Operating Invoice Form (Excel)
JARC/New Freedom Mobility Management Invoice Form (Excel)
JARC/New Freedom Capital Invoice Form (Excel)

Additionally, each JARC and New Freedom grant recipient must provide an annual report form and complete forms related to Title VI compliance.

Annual Project Report Form (Excel)
Certificate of Civil Rights Assurances (Word)
Civil Rights Reporting (Word)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Statement (Word)
Equal Opportunity Certificate of Compliance (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 (Word)

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. 

Quarter 1, FY 2015 Performance Report

Quarter 1, FY 2014 Performance Report
Quarter 2, FY 2014 Performance Report
Quarter 3, FY 2014 Performance Report
Quarter 4, FY 2014 Performance Report

Quarter 1, FY 2013 Performance Report
Quarter 2, FY 2013 Performance Report
Quarter 3, FY 2013 Performance Report
Quarter 4, FY 2013 Performance Report

Project Manager

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

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