Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities is part of the Competitive Programs that East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) administers.  Section 5310 projects, like all federally funded transportation projects, are included in the Transportation Improvement Program that EWG develops for the St. Louis region.  The Section 5310 program provides federal funding to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities.  Certain portions of the St. Louis region are in the St. Louis, MO-IL Urbanized Area (St. Louis UZA).

2010 St. Louis, MO-IL Urbanized Area Map

The St. Louis UZA is a large urbanized area and must have a public entity that is designated as the recipient of Section 5310 funding.  EWG, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and Bi-State Development are the co-designated recipients of Section 5310 funding for the St. Louis UZA.

Program Management Plan (PMP)

Section 5310 Program Management Plan

EWG develops the Section 5310 Program Management Plan (PMP) for the St. Louis UZA.  The PMP:

  • Describes the regional policies and procedures for administering Section 5310 in the St. Louis UZA
  • Facilitates EWG, MoDOT, IDOT, and Bi-State Development’s management and administration of the Section 5310 program
  • Serves as a Section 5310 guide to the general public and prospective applicants
  • Assits FTA in its oversight of the St. Louis UZA’s Section 5310 program

Eligible Section 5310 Projects

Section 5310 program funds can be for projects such as:

  • Capital expenses for Section 5310 Traditional projects, including vehicles and related equipment used to transport seniors and people with disabilities.
  • New Freedom Type projects, including operating projects which specifically serve seniors and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons with disabilities on using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities.
  • Activities related to mobility management.

For a project to be considered eligible for Section 5310 funding, the project must address one of the strategies identified in the Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan (CHSTP).

Eligible Section 5310 Sponsors

Section 5310 program funds are available to eligible Illinois and Missouri sponsors in the St. Louis UZA.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Section 5310 Traditional Funding
    • Private, non-profit organizations
    • Certified state and local government authorities
  • New Freedom Type Funding
    • Private, non-profit organizations
    • State and local government authorities
    • Operators of public transportation


Project Applications for Public Comment

The 2023 Section 5310 application cycle has closed. Please check back for updates on the 2024 application schedule or contact


Section 5310 Workbook

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