The Chicago Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) board approved funding for seven projects through the federally-funded Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program. The RTA will administer $4,402,403 million in total, $2,931,356 in federal funds and $1,471,047 in local match provided by municipalities, townships, and the RTA to fund projects that will improve and increase access to transit for older adults and people with disabilities.
The funds are dedicated to removing barriers to transportation service and expanding the transportation mobility options available. The Section 5310 program is the only available source of federal transit funds for projects designed to serve older adults and people with disabilities that go beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Through these programs, the RTA awards funding for transit-supportive projects that improve and enhance access for older adults and people with disabilities," said Leanne Redden, executive director of the RTA. “We are proud to be able to administer dollars that will ultimately help these riders maximize use of the transit system.”
In May, communities, counties and transportation providers were invited to apply for this funding. Of the 11 applications received, seven are included in the final program. The RTA held a 30-day public comment period on these projects prior to the RTA board’s approval.