Section 5310

2015 Proposed Section 5310 Program of Continuation Projects - Released for Public Comment

The following projects are proposed for approval for Federal Section 5310 funding in accordance with the northeast Illinois HSTP. Public comments on these projects may be submitted from September 15, 2016 through October 14, 2016 at the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This recommended Program of Projects is intended to be presented to the RTA Board for consideration at the October 20, 2016 RTA Board meeting.

ApplicantProject TitleDescription
Association for Individual Development (AID)

Ride- in-Kane

(Phase 13&14)

This project continues to coordinate paratransit services in Kane County into a centralized system that optimizes transportation resources for older adults and persons with disabilities. The sponsors of this project include private non-profit organizations and units of local government.

Estimated Project Budget - $1,936,827 ($1,549,462 Federal Share)

DuPage County

Transportation to  Work

The Transportation to Work Program is a service under the existing Ride DuPage system designed to enable persons with disabilities greater opportunities to obtain and maintain employment through affordable transportation.

Estimated Project Budget - $642,048 ($321,024 Federal Share)
Lake County Division of Transportation   Ride Lake County Central Dial-a-Ride

The service provides dial-a-ride transportation in Lake County to persons with disabilities and older adults residing in central Lake County. Five municipalities and Lake County sponsor the project.

Estimated Project Budget - $275,204 ($137,602 Federal Share)
Lake County Division of Transportation Ride Lake County West

The service provides dial-a-ride transportation in six townships primarily for persons with disabilities and older adults in the western portion of the county. The townships, in cooperation with the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee, and Lake County sponsor the project.

Estimated Project Budget - $201,970 ($100,985 Federal Share)

Little City Foundation Transportation Program

This project provides transportation for seniors and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to places of employment, community activities, Special Olympics regional competitions, and medical appointments.

Estimated Project Budget - $447,560 ($223,780 Federal Share)

County of Kendall Kendall Area Transit

This is a general public demand responsive paratransit service that provides service predominately for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in the urban portions of Kendall County.

Estimated Project Budget - $498,502 ($249,251 Federal Share)

McHenry County McHenry County Service Integration & Coordination

This demand responsive service, which initially integrated three municipal services, has expanded to incorporate twelve additional municipal partners.

As part of the project, the county will also administer a Mobility On Demand Piot program that provides on-demand rides to seniors and  people with disabilities utilizing a private transportation network company.

Estimated Project Budget - $992,582 ($496,291 Federal Share)

City of Naperville Naperville/Lisle Partners Ride DuPage to Work Program

This project continues to operate as part of the Ride DuPage program. Older adults are afforded increased employment opportunities by providing them with transportation to jobs outside of their own town and at times that may extend beyond traditional work hours. Seven local governments sponsor the service.

Estimated Project Budget - $744,052 ($372,026 Federal Share)

Ray Graham Association for People with Disabilities RGAs Comprehensive Transportation Program

Individuals with disabilities are transported from their homes to Community Learning Centers and to a variety of other activities including grocery shopping, medical appointments, volunteer opportunities and recreational activities.

Estimated Project Budget - $1,219,384 ($609,692 Federal Share)
Will County Mobility Management Program

This program provides transportation and mobility management services for persons with disabilities and older adults residing in eastern Will County townships. The program is an outgrowth of the county’s coordinated paratransit plan funded through the RTA’s Subregional Planning program.    

Estimated Project Budget - $338,000 ($199,442 Federal Share)


Call for Section 5310 Continuation Project Applications


On June 1, 2016, the RTA has released a call for projects among operating and mobility management projects that previously received Section 5310 funding.  All eligible applicants have been notified of the call.


The schedule for the call is as follows:


June 1, 2016 Solicitation of Continuation Projects (Previously Funded Section 5310 Operating and Mobility  Management Projects)
June 23, 2016 Applications Due
September 15, 2016 Public Comment Period Commences
September 16, 2016 Proposed Program of Projects (POP) Presented to CMAP Transportation Committee
October 20, 2016 Proposed POP Presented to RTA Board for Approval


Funding Availability

Funding awarded as a result of this call for projects will be from the Federal 2015 MAP-21 apportionment for northeast Illinois. As noted in the following table, the total apportionment is approximately $6.1M with at least $3.3M of this amount allocated to traditional Section 5310 projects and the balance of $2.7M available for all other eligible Section 5310 projects.  The amount ultimately sub-allocated respectively to IDOT, for the purchase of Section 5310 eligible vehicles, and to continuation projects will be developed in conjunction with this call for projects.

Traditional 5310 Projects (55% of Total Funds) $ 3,312,336

Allocation to IDOT as Designated Recipient

(Portion of Traditional 5310 Project Amount)

 Amount will be determined in conjunction with the development of the recommended POP.
Balance of Funds Available $ 2,710,093
Total $ 6,022,429

 The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, funded by the Federal Transit Administration, is a program designed to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout the country, by removing barriers to transportation services and expanding the transportation mobility options available. Eligible projects include those that are planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities when public transportation is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable.  It may also be used for public transportation projects that exceed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended (ADA) that improve access to fixed‐route service and decrease reliance by individuals with disabilities on complementary paratransit, and for alternatives to public transportation that assist seniors and individuals with disabilities.

For a project to be considered eligible for MAP-21 Section 5310 funding it must be included in the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit- Human Services Coordinated Plan (HSTP).  The HSTP originally developed in 2007 was updated and approved by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board in October 2013 in accordance with federal requirements.  The HSTP for Northeastern Illinois includes the six-county RTA region, comprising Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will  counties, plus the urbanized portions of Kendall County, Sandwich Township (DeKalb County), Somonauk Township (DeKalb County), and Aux Sable Township (Grundy County).

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the RTA are designated recipients for Northeastern Illinois.  IDOT is responsible for project selection and the award of Section 5310 funded paratransit vehicles and the RTA is responsible for all other Section 5310 projects.  For information on applying for paratransit vehicles contact Michael Healy, DPIT/CVP Program Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additional information is also available at under ‘Public and Intermodal Transportation.’

For more information on this call for continuation project applications or the Section 5310 Program please contact, Fluturi Demirovski, Project Manager.

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: 312-913-3239


 Section 5310 Program Management Plan

HSTP Update

2007 HSTP

Sustainable Funding Study Final report 112116