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FTA Section 5310 Grant Application and Public Hearing

This program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides formula funding to states for the purpose of assisting private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. The selection process may be formula-based, competitive or discretionary, and subrecipients can include states or local government authorities, private non-profit organizations, and/or operators of public transportation. The program 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 in all areas – large urbanized (over 200,000), small urbanized (50,000-200,000), and rural (under 50,000). Eligible projects include both “traditional” capital investment and “nontraditional” investment beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit services.

The notice serves as an opportunity to request a public hearing on a proposed funding request by the County of Hawai’i Mass Transit Agency to the Hawai’i Department of Transportation (HDOT) for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities grants funding for the following activities:

• Low Floor Minivans for microtransit services in Puna and Ka’u Districts (5310)

• Low Floor Minivans for rural transit service provided by Hawai’i County Economic Opportunities Council (5310)

• Operations Assistance for Hele-On Specialized Transportation Services provided by Hawai’i County Economic Opportunities Council, Brantley Center and Hele-On Kako’o (ARP and CRSSRRA)

These projects are not duplicative in nature of other transportation providers providing service on Hawai’i Island. 

Those interested in requesting a public hearing on this application should contact John Andoh, Mass Transit Administrator & General Manager in writing at 25 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hi 96745 by June 5, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., HST.  Written comments may be mailed to the same address above and must be  received by June 5, 2022 by 5:00 p.m., HST.  Written comments can also be emailed to john.andoh@hawaiicounty.gov. Should you have any questions, please contract (808) 961-8555.