Specialized Transportation Services in Dane County
The Dane County Department of Human Services provides individual and group transportation services which enable seniors and people with disabilities and to access their communities and needed services. Transportation assistance may also be provided for low-income families or persons with unusual medical transportation expenses. For more information, call Dane County’s Transportation Call Center at (608) 242-6489.
Accessible paratransit service is provided by Metro Transit in the Madison area.
Monona Transit provides specialized transportation for seniors and people with disabilities (Monona Lift) within Monona with service to and from Madison.
Sun Prairie Taxi provides accessible shared-ride taxi service around Sun Prairie.
(This service is scheduled to terminate in September, 2023 following Metro’s June 11, 2023 implementation of the S and W local Metro bus routes and paratransit service in Sun Prairie).
Stoughton Cab provides accessible accessible transportation within a 3 mile radius of Stoughton.
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Dane County provides individual rides to medical trips for adults aged 60 and over and for people with disabilities with their driver escort service.
The YWCA’s YW Transit program – (608) 316-6888 – provides rides for low-income people going to and from work and employment-related activities, as well as safe rides at night.
The 2019-2023 Coordinated Public Transit - Human Services Transportation Plan for Dane County serves as the locally developed coordinated plan for projects funded under the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. It was developed through a process that included representatives of public, private, and non-profit transportation and human services providers and participation by members of the public.
For coordinated public transit – human services transportation plans in other Wisconsin counties, click here.
The Greater Madison MPO (MPO), in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Metro Transit, administers the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program. The Section 5310 Program provides formula funding to states and large MPOs to improve mobility for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Grant recipients in the Madison area will be selected through a competitive process by the Greater Madison MPO. For a map of the urban area (blue boundary), click here. For projects outside the Madison area, please see the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website for the statewide Section 5310 grant program.
The minimum local share for projects is 20% for capital projects and mobility management programs and 50% for operating projects. An additional $38,379 in CRRSAA and ARPA supplemental apportionments is available with no local match requirement - these funds must be used to cover operational expenses, including salaries, or expenses of vehicle modifications to improve driver and passenger safety such as sneeze guards or air filtration systems that were expended between January 20, 2020 and May 11, 2023. Recipients will be required to adhere to the Section 5310 Program Management and Recipient Coordination Plan (PDF). Projects must carry out the Section 5310 program’s goal of enhancing mobility for seniors and people with disabilities and must be consistent with the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) states that eligible recipients include "private nonprofit organizations, state or local government authorities, or operators of public transportation."
Note: Private operators of public transportation are eligible recipients. The FTA definition of “public transportation” includes shared-ride surface transportation services.” Private taxi companies that provide shared-ride taxi service to the general public on a regular basis are operators of public transportation, and therefore eligible recipients. “Shared-ride” means two or more passengers in the same vehicle who are otherwise not traveling together. Similar to general public and ADA demand response service, every trip does not have to be shared-ride in order for a taxi company to be considered a shared-ride operator, but the general nature of the service must include shared rides.
As described by the Federal Transit Administration, traditional Section 5310 project examples include:
As described by the Federal Transit Administration, nontraditional Section 5310 project examples include:
For ARPA/CRRSA funded-projects, eligible activities include:
Note: Under MAP-21, the program was modified to include projects eligible under the former Section 5317 New Freedom program, described as capital and operating expenses for new public transportation services and alternatives beyond those required by the ADA, designed to assist individuals with disabilities and seniors.
2023 Section 5310 Program Application Materials (CY 2024 Funding)
Follow the instructions above. Download the application spreadsheet (.xlxs) above and fill out the necessary fields according to the instructions. If you are not able to use the spreadsheet or if you have any questions about the application, instructions, or process, please contact Ben Lyman (contact information below).
Applicants may sign applications electronically. Applicants are encouraged to “print to .pdf” instead of printing and scanning applications, as this improves legibility and reduces file size.
Other required documents:
Calendar year 2024 Section 5310 grant program schedule:
Application released.....................................June 1, 2023
Applications due...........................................8:00 AM (CST), August 7, 2023
Preliminary awards announced.....................September 6, 2023
Awards finalized............................................October 4, 2023
Grant cycle begins..........................................January 1, 2024
Grant cycle ends.............................................December 31, 2024
For more information, contact:
Additional guidance and grant application information is available in the FTA Circular: