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Comprehensive Transportation Projects

Specialized Transportation Grant Program

The SANDAG Specialized Transportation Grant Program (STGP) funds projects and programs that expand mobility options for seniors and individuals with disabilities. SANDAG released the Cycle 11 Call for Projects on July 31, 2020, and accepted applications through October 30, 2020. On March 26, 2021, the SANDAG Board of Directors awarded $7.1 million in STGP funding to support 30 projects that will provide specialized transportation services across the region. 

Watch our 2018 SANDAG Accomplishments - Grant Programs video.

Funding for the STGP comes from the following sources:

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

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

Since the program began in 2006, SANDAG has awarded over $26.8 million in federal grant funds (including funds from former federal grant programs) and $21.1 million in TransNet funds through ten competitive grant cycles. This funding has supported more than 275 specialized transportation projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, purchase of accessible vans and buses, coordinated volunteer driver programs, shopping shuttle services, non-emergency medical trips, and transit travel.

Call for Projects

Approximately every two years, SANDAG conducts a competitive process to award funding through the STGP. Below are the SANDAG Board of Directors approved awards for SGTP funding cycles.

Cycle 1
Cycle 2
Cycle 3
Cycle 4
Cycle 5
Cycle 6
Cycle 7
Cycle 8
Cycle 9
Cycle 10
Cycle 11

STGP Notice of Available Vehicles

In April 2021, SANDAG released a solicitation making available six, accessible Class C buses to local agencies that provide transportation services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Applications were due by June 28, 2021. On August 5, 2021, SANDAG announced the project rankings and award recipients. Application materials, vehicle information, and the project rankings are available below.

STGP Notice of Available Vehicles
Evaluation Criteria for STGP Notice of Available Vehicles
Vehicle Photos
Floorplan of Vehicles
Vehicle Performance Indicators and Alternative Services Worksheet
Frequently Asked Questions
Project Rankings

Program Management Plan

The Program Management Plan (PMP) guides the management of the STGP. The PMP is designed to provide program guidance to potential and successful applicants; provide public information on SANDAG administration of the grant programs; and ensure that all applicable SANDAG policies and federal, state, and local statutes and regulations are fulfilled.

The 2020 Program Management Plan was adopted by the Transportation Committee at its October 16, 2020, meeting and approved by the FTA on October 22, 2020.

Program Management Plan Appendices

Evaluation Criteria
Monitoring Checklist
Section 5310 Grant Agreement
Senior Mini-Grant Grant Agreement
Subrecipient Maintenance Oversight
Vehicle and Other Equipment Inspection Form
Vehicle Lease Agreement

Program Monitoring

SANDAG developed a standardized monitoring program consistent with the PMP to collect information on individual projects for reporting to the FTA and SANDAG policy committees. SANDAG monitors grantee performance through invoices and progress reports submitted monthly or quarterly. Templates of these performance tools are listed as grantee resources. SANDAG performs regular site visits and/or desk reviews to monitor recipients using a standardized monitoring checklist that is included in the PMP.

Title VI

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. All grantees (Section 5310 subrecipients and Senior Mini-Grant recipients) must submit Title VI information to SANDAG annually. To assist federal subrecipients with developing their Title VI Plan and all grantees with collecting Title VI data, SANDAG has provided a Title VI guide and a Client Voluntary Demographic Survey form. Both documents are linked in the grantee resources section.

Grantee Resources

Alternative Services Report Form
Client Demographic Information Form
Client Voluntary Demographic Data Survey Form
Declaration Concerning Conflict
Evaluator Guidelines
Guide to Developing a Title VI Plan for FTA Subrecipients
Invoice Checklist
Invoice Packet
Post-Delivery Buy America Certificates
Required Forms – Submitted with Grant Agreement Execution
Required Forms – Submitted with Project Proposals
SANDAG Grant Recipient Communications Guidelines
SANDAG Photo and Testimonial Release Form – English
SANDAG Photo and Testimonial Release Form – Spanish
SANDAG Logo Use Guidelines
Vehicle and Other Equipment Progress Report
WeSendIt Instructions for Large Invoice Files


SANDAG reports on grant status and performance 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

In Fiscal Year 2013, staff began providing quarterly status updates to the SANDAG 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 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 | Quarter 4

FY 2019
Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3 | Quarter 4

FY 2020
Quarter 1 | Quarters 2-4

FY 2021
Quarter 1 | Quarter 2 | Quarter 3

To request documents in an alternative format, please call (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699-1904 (TTY), or fax (619) 699-1905.

Project Manager

Zachary Rivera, Business Analyst I
Phone: (619) 699-4892, Email:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or