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 (CY 2023 Funding)

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. 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.

In addition to the annual Section 5310 Program, the MPO is soliciting applications for funding under special apportionments from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). The ARPA and CRRSAA special apportionments are intended to be used, to the greatest extent practical, to support Operations and Payroll for eligible recipients operating eligible programs. Please note that although applicants for this funding do not need to be prior or current Section 5310 Program funding recipients, all standard reporting, certification, and audit requirements apply to recipients of ARPA and CRRSAA funds through the Section 5310 Program – even those who receive small amounts of funding. There is no local match requirement for ARPA or CRRSAA awards.

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 - Standard Apportionment

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.

Eligible Activities - ARPA and CRRSAA Supplemental Apportionments

ARPA and CRRSAA prioritize funding for Operations and Payroll. Costs incurred since January 20, 2020 are eligible for reimbursement.

In general, operating expenses are those costs necessary to operate, maintain, and manage a public transportation system.  Operating expenses usually include such costs as driver salaries, fuel, and items having a useful life of less than one year, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Eligible operating expenses include administrative leave, such as leave for employees due to reductions in service or leave required for a quarantined worker. The employee must be in pay status to be an eligible expense.

Vehicle modifications to improve driver and rider safety (e.g. sneeze guards, air filtration systems) are eligible for funding, as are vehicle purchases. Please note that applicants will need to certify to the FTA that no employees have been furloughed during the pandemic to be eligible for these funds.

2022 Section 5310 Program Application Materials (CY 2023 Funding)

Instructions (PDF)

Application (XLXS)

Application (PDF)

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, you may download the (PDF) version. Contact Ben Lyman (contact information below) with any questions about the application or instructions.

Applicants may sign applications electronically.

Other required documents:


The calendar year 2023 Section 5310 grant program schedule has been revised to extend the application deadline by one week to August 8:

Application released.....................................June 1, 2022

Applications due...........................................8:00 AM (CST), August 8, 2022

Preliminary awards announced.....................September 8, 2022

Awards finalized............................................October 5, 2022

Grant cycle begins..........................................January 1, 2023

Grant cycle ends.............................................December 31, 2023

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