Greater Madison MPO

Specialized Transportation

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.

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 for potential victims of sexual assault.

Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan

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.

Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program

Transit Solutions Inc Bus

Greater Madison 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 state-wide Section 5310 grant program.

The minimum local share for projects is 20% for capital projects and mobility management programs and 50% for operating projects. 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.

Eligible Recipients

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) states that eligible recipients include "private nonprofit organizations, states 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.

Eligible Activities

As described by the Federal Transit Administration, traditional Section 5310 project examples include:

  • buses and vans
  • wheelchair lifts, ramps, and securement devices
  • transit-related information technology systems, including scheduling/routing/one-call systems
  • mobility management programs
  • acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement

As described by the Federal Transit Administration, nontraditional Section 5310 project examples include:

  • travel training
  • volunteer driver programs
  • building an accessible path to a bus stop, including curb-cuts, sidewalks, accessible pedestrian signals or other accessible features
  • improving signage, or way-finding technology
  • incremental cost of providing same day service or door-to-door service
  • purchasing vehicles to support new accessible taxi, rides sharing and/or vanpooling programs
  • mobility management programs

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.

FY 2021 Application Materials (This application cycle has ended, but the application materials may be used by prospective FY 2022 applicants to plan their applications)

Follow the instructions in the instruction manual 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, you may download the (PDF) version.


Applications for 2021 funding through the Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program may include up to ONE additional page describing how the program or vehicle purchase goals will or may be affected by COVID-19. See the COVID-19 Application Addendum above for more information.


Other required documents:


Timeline (times are CST)

Application released ....................................June 1, 2020

OPTIONAL Draft Application 8:00 AM, July 13, 2020

OPTIONAL Application 8:00 AM, July 20, 2020

Applications due 8:00 AM, August 3, 2020

Preliminary awards determined ...................September 2, 2020

Preliminary awards announced.....................September 3, 2020

Awards finalized............................................October 7, 2020

Grant Cycle Begins .......................................January 1, 2021

Grant Cycle Ends ..........................................December 31, 2021

For more information, contact:

Ben Lyman
(608) 243-0182


Additional guidance and grant application information is available in the FTA Circular:

FTA C 9070.1G