Proposed Section 5310 Program of Projects – Released for Public Comment

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CHICAGO –The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will hold a 30-day public comment period on eleven (11) projects proposed as part of the  Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 & FY2019 Section 5310 Program of Projects.  Public comments will be accepted from July 1 to July 31, 2019.   The proposed Program of Projects was developed based on applications submitted during a Call for Projects and vetted by a project selection team composed of staff from the RTA, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  It will be presented to the RTA Board for consideration at the August 22, 2019 Board meeting.

The Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (Section 5310) aims to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities by removing barriers to transportation service and expanding transportation mobility options. This program supports transportation services planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special transportation needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The RTA and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are co-designated recipients of Section 5310 funding for northeastern Illinois.

Fourteen (14) applications were received in response to the call for projects.  Eleven (11) projects are recommended to receive a total of $9 million in Federal Section 5310 FY2018 & FY2019 funding, as described below.   Full applications are available for review at www.rtachicago.org. Public comments on these projects may be submitted at the following e-mail address: section5310@rtachicago.org

 

FY2018 & FY2019 Proposed Section 5310 Program of Projects

 

Applicant

Project Title

Description and Justification

Total Estimated Budget

Federal Share

AID

Ride in Kane Phase 17 & 18

The Ride in Kane project coordinates 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 multiple private non-profit organizations and local units of government.  Currently there are 17 private, non-profit organizations and local units of government participating in the program.  This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.

$5,000,992

$2,502,996

City of Naperville

Ride DuPage to Work

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.  This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.  This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.

$1,320,000

$660,000

Clearbrook

Community Connections for Adults with Disabilities

This project provides transportation services to more than 8,000 children & adults with Intellectual/developmental disabilities.  Clients are transported to work, school, day programs, medical appointments, community recreation, and other activities.  This is new Section 5310 funded project.

$200,000

$100,000

CTF Illinois

CTF Illinois Transportation Services for People with Disabilities

This project provides transportation support to children and adults with diverse disabilities.  The door to door transportation supports are a vital service that allows persons enrolled at CTF greater access to their daily supports including vocational, community employment, educational, fine arts, and advocacy.  This is new Section 5310 funded project.

$200,000

$100,000

DuPage County

Transportation to Work

The Transportation to Work Program is an existing project that provides demand-responsive transportation to and from work for persons with disabilities.  The project operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year and serves all of DuPage County.  This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.

$984,000

$492,000

Kendall County

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.   This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.

$640,000

$320,000

Little City Foundation

Transportation Program

This project provides transportation for seniors and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are enrolled with Little City, to places of employment, community-based programs, Special Olympics regional competitions, and medical appointments.  This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.

$1,088,194

$544,097

McHenry County

McHenry County Service Integration & Coordination Project (McRide)

McRide program provides coordinated dial-a-ride service to individuals with disabilities and individuals 60 years or older.  This is an existing Section 5310 project.

$2,400,000

$1,200,000

Ray Graham Association

RGA 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.  This is an existing Section 5310 funded project.

$1,533,054

$766,527