MoDOT's Transit Section provides financial and technical assistance to public transit and specialized mobility providers statewide. We administer state and federal programs related to general public transportation and specific transit programs for agencies serving senior citizens and/or persons with disabilities.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides planning funds to urbanized areas via states through the Section 5303 program. MoDOT’s Transit Section allocates these urban transportation planning funds on a population basis to locally designated metropolitan planning organizations.
MoDOT’s Transit Section also administers national discretionary transit capital grants specifically designated for rural recipients as well as other transit projects statewide. These federal transit capital grants in FTA’s Section 5309 grant program fund 80% of the cost for replacement transit vehicles, vehicles for service expansion, transit facilities, and equipment in support of transit services.
FTA Section 5310 formula grants target agencies serving the mobility needs of senior citizens and/or persons with disabilities. MoDOT administers the Section 5310 program as a capital program to procure and fund 80% of the cost of vehicles for such agencies as developmental disability resource boards (Senate Bill 40 boards), sheltered workshops, senior citizen services boards (House Bill 351 boards), senior centers, and not-for-profit medical service agencies.
The Federal Transit Administration provides grants to states on a formula basis for nonurban transit in the Section 5311 program. Rural transit providers and intercity bus carriers apply to MoDOT’s Transit Section for these grants to carry out rural public transit related service, planning and capital projects.
FTA Section 5316 formula grants help fund eligible low- income worker transportation activities in the Job Access and Reverse Commute Programprogram. It includes funding for operating assistance, capital assistance and planning for small urbanized and non-urbanized communities.
FTA Section 5317 New Freedom Program formula grants are made to small urbanized and non-urbanized communities. Eligible projects beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act include operating assistance and capital assistance.
Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
The Transit Section also administers the rural transportation assistance program by providing training and technical assistance functions funded by FTA. Free on-site training courses for rural transit agencies include defensive driving, CPR, first aid, passenger assistance techniques and emergency procedures.
Rural and urban public transit agencies benefit from state funded operating assistance. This general revenue fund and/or state transportation fund program helps to defray a portion of the costs those agencies incur in providing mobility services in their communities.
The Missouri Elderly and Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program (MEHTAP) is a state- funded program that helps defray a portion of the transportation costs incurred by agencies providing mobility services to senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Half of the annual general revenue funding in this program is allocated to the 10 Area Agency on Aging districts statewide.