Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - February 9, 2016
February 9, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #34

FTA Section 5310 FY 2015/16 Notice of Grant Award


Contact and/or Presenter Information

William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621, x7440

Chad Butzow, P.E., Deputy Director of Field Operations Services, Chad.Butzow@mymanatee.org, (941) 708-7450, x7432

Action Requested
Authorize the Chairperson to execute the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Notice of Grant Award with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 "Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals With Disabilities" Program funding in the amount of $700,000.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 341, Florida Statutes, Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code, Plan 6.0 Mass Transit Element, Resolution R-15-016.

Background Discussion
  • On January 27, 2015, the Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution R-15-016 authorizing the submittal of an application to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for Section 5310 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Program funding.  The FY 15/16 capital assistance application included a request for five (5) Paratransit Handy Bus Vehicles to replace vehicles at the conclusion of their useful life for a total of $700,000.
  • The FTA Section 5310 Formula Grant Program provides funding to support transportation services to meet the special needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • The 5310 grants are used by Manatee County for capital and/or operational expenditures to support MCAT Paratransit (i.e. Handy Bus) services. The FDOT serves as the "Designated Recipient" for the FTA Section 5310 Program and eligible applicants must apply to the FDOT for FTA Section 5310 Program funding.
  • On January 27, 2016, the Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award/FL-16-0040, SFY 2015/16 was received from FDOT.  The Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award provided funding for capital expenses to purchase Handy Bus Vehicles to meet the special needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities for the total cost of $700,000.
  • The total dollar value of the award reflects a cost sharing with the FTA of $560,000 (80%); FDOT $70,000 (10%); and Manatee County $70,000 (10%).  The 10% local share required to meet grant criteria is currently allocated to the FY 2015/16 Para Transit operating budget to support the Manatee County share of costs.
  • The FTA Section 5310 capital assistance affords an opportunity to enhance the Handy Bus program fleet to benefit service delivery for the elderly and persons with disabilities in our community.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return two (2) signed copies of 5310 Notice of Grant Award to Edrick Sweeting, Grants Administrator, Edrick.Sweeting@mymanatee.org, x7354, to be forwarded to the Florida Department of Transportation.  A fully executed Notice of Grant Award will be forwarded to Board Records upon return.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
435-0012100 Para Transit Operating: $70,000 County Matching Funds; $560,000 FTA Funds; $70,000 FDOT funds, Total $700,000.

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
The portion of expense in the above cost center is a revenue from FDOT.

Attachment:  Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award - FL-16-0040, SFY 2015-16.pdf