Section 5310 Transportation Program

Why the Program is NeededMany people with disabilities do not have the option to drive cars, resulting in isolation from jobs, housing, health care, and education.  Accessible public transportation options—including buses, railway systems, taxis, and paratransit— are essential for people with disabilities to participate in community life.  Despite passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 20 years ago, there are persistent gaps in compliance of transportation programs that continue to create significant barriers for people with disabilities.

What it Does:  The Transportation for the Elderly and People with Disabilities (Section 5310) program provides formula funding to states to assist private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of the elderly and persons with disabilities when local transportation is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs.

Authorizing Legislation:the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005 (49 U.S.C. 5310)

Recent Funding:
Please see the table on the Funding for Federal Disability-related Programs page.

For More Information:

Example of Section 5310 program and The Arc:
The Arc of Chester County in Pennsylvania used Section 5310 funding to purchase accessible vehicles to transport preschoolers to their classroom program and to transport adults to community activities.  Learn more about their transportation program at