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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.

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.

Requirements mandate that a competitive selection process be held to award these funds to eligible recipients. Since the program began in 2006, SANDAG has awarded over $24 million in federal grant funds (including funds from former federal grant programs) and $14.6 million in TransNet funds through nine competitive grant cycles. This funding has supported a total of 190 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 training classes.

Call for Projects

Approximately every two years, SANDAG conducts a competitive process to award funding through the STGP. The archived Cycle 10 Call for Projects page can be found here.

Below are the SANDAG Board of Directors approved awards for previous SGTP funding cycles.

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

Program Management Plan

The Program Management Plan 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.

Program Management Plan - June 2018

Program Monitoring

SANDAG has developed a standardized monitoring program to collect information on individual projects for reporting to the FTA and SANDAG Committees.

To be reimbursed for project expenses, grantees must submit an invoice, documentation of all allowable expenses incurred during the reporting period, and a grant progress report detailing progress made toward the project’s performance indicators. 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 agreement. 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

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

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.

The Monitoring Checklist is included in the Program Management Plan as Appendix C.


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

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

Project Manager

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

Zachary Hernandez, Regional Planner II
Phone: (619) 699-6912, Email:

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