Federal transit law, as amended by MAP-21 and FAST Act, requires that projects selected for funding under the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities – Section 5310 Program – be "included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan" and that the plan be "developed and approved through a process that included participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and other members of the public."
These requirements are aimed at improving transportation services for persons with disabilities and older adults, ensuring that communities are coordinating resources provided through multiple federal programs.
Local Human Service-Public Transit Coordination Plans are updated every five years and must include the following:
- An assessment of available services that identifies current transportation providers (public, private and nonprofit)
- An assessment of transportation needs for individuals with disabilities, older adults and people with low incomes
- Strategies, activities and/or projects to address the identified gaps between current services and needs, as well as opportunities to improve efficiencies in service delivery
- Priorities for implementation based on resources (from multiple program sources), time and feasibility for implementing specific strategies and/or activities identified
Projects identified in the Local Human Service-Public Transit Coordination Plans selected for federal funding must be incorporated into the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and also in the Transportation Improvement Program for urban areas.