Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Human Services Grant Program

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) awards Federal Transit Administration Section 5310 funding for the enhanced mobility of seniors (ages 65 and older) and individuals with disabilities through a competitive, discretionary award process. Section 5310 funding can be awarded for capital projects to replace or expand vehicle fleets, mobility management projects to coordinate transportation, operating projects to provide transportation, and other capital projects to support programs serving the eligible populations.

Additional information on the goals, eligibility requirements, and application and award management processes can be found in the Section 5310 Application Guidance and Grant Management Procedures

Traditional Capital (Vehicles)

The traditional capital component of DRPT’s Section 5310 program provides accessible vehicles for programs providing transportation to seniors and individuals with disabilities. Successful applicants who receive capital awards will work with the state’s vendor to order an accessible vehicle from the program menu; funding is not provided for agencies to purchase or retrofit their own vehicles.

Mobility Management

Mobility management programs focus on coordination between public transportation providers and other human service agencies providing transportation to enhance access to transportation beyond one organization. This includes the process of connecting seniors and individuals with disabilities to transportation, but does not include the operating cost of the service.


Operating programs focus on the delivery of a transportation service for seniors and individuals with disabilities, including access to accessible transportation. Operating projects must be new and outside of the mission of the applicant organization; funding is not provided to support existing services or those services that an organization is created to provide.

Other Capital

After meeting the traditional capital, mobility management, and operating needs, funding may be available for limited, pre-approved other capital projects, such as the purchase of a fare collection or dispatch system, capital ADA improvements, or computer hardware and software.

Coordinated Human Services Mobility (CHSM) Plan

Programs funded under the FTA Section 5310 program must align with strategies defined in the CHSM Plan. When applying for Section 5310 funding through DRPT, applicants will demonstrate how their project aligns with the CHSM strategies and actions. This document can also be used to guide other transportation projects across the Commonwealth, and should represent statewide needs, challenges, and goals for the next three years.

The 2019 Coordinated Human Services Mobility (CHSM) Plan identifies gaps and challenges related to transportation for seniors, individuals with disabilities, low-income individuals, and veterans. The plan was developed with significant public input received through public meetings, ride-alongs, surveys, and interviews over a period of several months. The plan presents statewide and regional gaps and strategies to improve human services transportation in Virginia.

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