MORPC Awards 10 Projects that Enhance Mobility of Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities

    March 20, 2019

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announces the Award of Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA’s) Section 5310 Program funding to 10 projects in Central Ohio that will enhance the mobility of older adults and individuals with disabilities.

    FTA’s Section 5310 provides grant funds for capital expenses for vehicles and related equipment used to transport seniors and people with disabilities and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for operating projects which specifically serve seniors and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities.

    MORPC solicited funding requests from December 2018 through February 2019 for FTA’s Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities program funding and received over $1.8 million in requests. MORPC staff approved administrative, operating and capital projects for funding totaling approximately $1.5 million for Federal Fiscal Year 2018 and State Fiscal Year 2019.  Unless otherwise noted, projects listed require a 20 percent local match.

    Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Operating Costs (50% match) $337,684
    Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) Miscellaneous Capital to Purchase Transportation $260,000
    Delaware County Transit Board operated by Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATABus) Operating Costs (50% match) $35,774
    Delaware County Transit Board operated by Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATABus) Three years of software $110,029
    Delaware County Transit Board operated by Delaware Area Transit Agency (DATABus) Capitalized Maintenance $94,191
    City of Dublin Older Adult/Individuals with Disability Shuttle $25,000
    Clintonville-Beechwold CRC Hard/Software $34,144
    Clintonville-Beechwold CRC Capitalized Maintenance $18,800
    Clintonville-Beechwold CRC Miscellaneous Capital to Purchase Transportation $57,053
    Greater Hilltop Shalom Zone Miscellaneous Capital to Purchase Transportation $6,446
    MORPC Administration (no match required) $104,671


    The program is administered by MORPC for the Columbus, Ohio Urbanized Area.  Eligible recipients include state or local government authorities, private non-profit organizations, or public or private operators of public transportation services.

    Funds are available each federal fiscal year and are distributed following a MORPC review and approval process.

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