Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - August 23, 2016
REVISED August 23, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #29

FTA Section 5310 Notice of Grant Award FL-16-0041, State Fiscal Year 2016/17


Contact and/or Presenter Information
William P. 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 2016/2017 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 $313,944, for 3 replacement Handy Buses.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 341, Florida Statutes; Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code; Plan 6.0 Mass Transit Element; Resolution R-16-014.

Background Discussion
  • On January 26, 2016, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved Resolution R-16-014 authorizing the submittal of an application to FDOT for Section 5310 FTA Program funding.  The FY 2016/17 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 funding request of $526,080.00
  • The FTA Section 5310 Grant Program provides funding to support transportation services to meet the special needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities.
  • The FTA Section 5310 Program 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 August 9, 2016, the Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award, FL-16-0041, State Fiscal Year 2016/17, was received from FDOT.  The Notice of FTA Section 5310 Grant Award provided funding for capital expenses to purchase three (3) replacement Handy Bus Vehicles to meet the special needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities for a total cost of $313,944.00.
  • The total dollar value of the award reflects a cost sharing with the FTA of $251,155.00 (80%); FDOT $31,394.00 (10%); and Manatee County $31,395.00 (10%).  The 10% local share is required to meet grant criteria and is currently programmed in the proposed FY2016/17 Para Transit operating budget to support the Manatee County share of capital costs.
  • The FTA Section 5310 capital assistance affords an opportunity to update 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 $31,395 County Matching Funds; $251,155.00 FTA Funds; $31,394.00 FDOT Funds; Total $313,944.00

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

Attachment:  Manatee County 5310-41 NOGA FFY16.pdf
Attachment:  Resolution R-16-014-Signed.pdf