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Specialized Transportation Program





Name of Program: Specialized Transportation Program, as authorized by the Federal Transit Administration, 49 USC Section 5310.

Funding: Federal Transit Administration appropriation information is available on FTA's Funding and Finance page. 

Program Goal and Brief Description: This program is intended to enhance mobility for seniors and persons with disabilities by providing Federal Transit Administration funds for programs in small urbanized and rural areas that serve the special needs of transit-dependent populations beyond traditional public transportation services and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services. The program provides 80% of the cost of capital projects; the remaining 20% must be provided by local funding, which may be derived from other federal (non-U.S. DOT) transportation sources or the Federal Lands Highway Program.

Who Can Apply? Nonprofit (501(c)(3)) organizations, local public agencies identified by the state as lead agencies in a coordination project, or local public agencies certifying that no nonprofit organizations exist within their jurisdiction to carry out public transportation projects to meet the special needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Application Process: Funds are available each Federal Fiscal Year and are distributed through a competitive application process. There are two types of applicants - those from small urbanized areas and those from rural areas. Certain responsibilities are assigned to the eight small urban Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). ODOT has established the eligibility requirements to be used for all applicants. Each small urban MPO may establish additional eligibility requirements and deadlines to fit its urbanized area's needs so long as such requirements and deadlines are not less restrictive than ODOT's.


 Forms and Resources

DBE Determination WorksheetExcel Workbook
Driver ManifestExcel Workbook
Trip Denial LogExcel Workbook
Vehicle ComplaintWord Document
5310 Disposition Request TemplateWord Document
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - CertificationPDF
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Certification of Public BodyPDF
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Certifications and AssurancesPDF
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Local Match CertificationPDF
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Self-CertificationPDF
Specialized Transportation Program Vehicle Monitoring ReportOnline
2016 Specialized Transportation Program ApplicationOnline
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Title VI Program Requirements for ODOT Transit SubrecipientsWord Document
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Transportation Provider ProfilePDF
2016 Specialized Transportation Program Application - Vehicle Cost WorksheetsExcel Workbook
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Information from FTAOnline
Capitalized Maintenance InvoiceExcel Workbook
Charter RegulationsOnline
Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)Online
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)Online
Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM)Online
Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) - TransportationOnline
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)Online
Easter Seals Project ACTIONOnline
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) - 2 CFR Part 200 - Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal AwardsOnline
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (e-CFR) - Title 49 - TransportationOnline
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)Online
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)Online
FTA’s Charter Regulations: A Compliance Guide for Ohio’s Public Transit SystemsPDF
Interstate Passenger Transportation Regulations, ODOT Guide to Compliance withPDF
Invoice Certification FormPDF
Lending LibraryOnline
MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) - Information from FTAOnline
Mobility Management Project Crosswalk - Agency's Accounts to ODOT InvoiceExcel Workbook
Mobility Management Project Report (2015)Online
Mobility Management Quarterly Invoice and Budget VarianceExcel Workbook
Motor Carrier Consumer Information - Public Utilities Commission of OhioOnline
Motor Carrier Industry Information - Public Utilities Commission of OhioOnline
Motor Carrier Regulations - Information from the National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation CoordinationOnline
National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM)Online
National Center on Senior Transportation (NCST)Online
National Transit Institute (NTI)Online
Ohio Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (see esp. Medical Transportation Committee and Medical Transportation Forms/Rules)Online
Policies and Procedures, Model/Suggested/ExampleWord Document
Preventive Maintenance, A Guide toPDF
Public and Social Service Transportation Certificate - Wright State UniversityOnline
Quarterly Invoice and Budget Variance Analysis InstructionsPDF
Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public TransportationOnline
RESNA Standards Committee on Wheelchairs and Transportation (WHAT) - Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)Online
Ride Safe - Information to help you travel more safely in motor vehicles while seated in your wheelchair.Online
Safety and SecurityOnline
State of Bus Safety in the U.S.: Summary of Federal and State RegulationsPDF
Title VI - Information from FTAOnline
Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)Online
Transit System Audit MaterialsOnline
United States Access Board - TransportationOnline
Vehicle Catalog and Selection GuidePDF
Wheelchair Transportation Safety - University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (see esp. the Transporter Resources and WC18: WTORS pages)Online

 Program Resources


 Past Awards


 Projects Primarily Serving Residents of Large Urban Areas


​Each large urban area receives its own apportionment of Section 5310 funding from the Federal Transit Administration. Therefore, projects primarily serving residents of one or more large urban areas are not eligible for ODOT's Specialized Transportation Program.

The Governor designates one or more recipients of Section 5310 funding in each large urban area, and each Designated Recipient operates its own program for awarding Section 5310 funds.

Although urban area boundaries do not follow county boundaries, ODOT considers the entirety of each county listed below to be "large urban". Applicants with projects primarily serving the residents of one or more of these counties should contact the Designated Recipient of Section 5310 funds in these counties for more information on how to apply for funding.




Skip Dunkle
Transit Manager
(614) 466-7456