Attendees and speakers at Transit Day at the Capitol 2018.

KDOT administers public transportation programs funded by the Federal Transit Administration and the State of Kansas. Both the federal and state programs are designed to meet the transportation needs of elderly persons, persons with disabilities, and the general public. KDOT currently supports approximately 145 transit providers covering 99 of the state's 105 counties.


NEW - 5310/5311 Application period NOW OPEN!

If this is your first year applying to our program, please contact Mike Spadafore at Mike.Spadafore@ks.gov so that he can grant you access to the Black Cat reporting system.  We process all application materials electronically via Black Cat.

A note on the timetable: The reason we have shifted the application period back a little is that we need more time to process all the paperwork, so submitting earlier than last year gives us more time to process and doesn’t conflict with holidays and vacations. 

The 5310 Program – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities
This program (49 U.S.C. 5310) provides formula funding to states to assist private nonprofit groups in meeting the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities when the transportation service provided is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate to meeting these needs. Funds are apportioned based on each state’s share of the population for these two groups.

The 5311 Program – Formula Grants for Rural Areas
The Formula Grants for Rural Areas program provides capital, planning, and operating assistance to states to support public transportation in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000, where many residents often rely on public transit to reach their destinations. The program also provides funding for state and national training and technical assistance through the Rural Transportation Assistance Program.

Here is our working schedule for this application period:

September 28 – November 9, 2018

Application period open

November 9, 2018 by 6:00pm

Applications are due

November 12 – December 21, 2018

KDOT internal staff review for completeness, accuracy, etc.

January 11, 2019

KCTDC peer review of capital requests

January 14 – February 8, 2019

KDOT staff data compilation, pulling historic data, and referencing TAM Plan process

February 11 – March 1, 2019

Final award decisions made

By March 15, 2019

Award letters go out; agreement paperwork process begins.

As usual, the call for applications for 5310 and 5311 funds will be handled completely online in our Black Cat grants management system.  No other manner of submission will be accepted. 

Please fill out your application slowly, and completely.  A checklist is provided with the application packet online that will help you stay organized.

Submission-wise, almost everything is the same as last year, except for:

  • An addition was made in the Certs & Assurances to incorporate the new requirement for the TAM Plan to be signed off by your Authorized Signer. (FTA requirement)

  • 5310 agencies: We are increasing the amount that you can request (this is not guaranteed in future years at this time). Please refer to the chart below:

If you are a 5310 and  have:

You used to be capped at:

But this year you can request up to:

1-9 vehicles



10 or more vehicles



We understand that there may be some issue with coming up with additional local match dollars to cover the increase, which is why we are saying “…up to…” to give you the most flexibility.

  • We highly advise you to get on the agenda of your governing body as soon as possible so that you can request and receive a letter stating proof of local match dollars. We cannot process applications without written proof that the cash match is available for your program.  This was a common delay last year, so we want to avoid it altogether this year.

  • We are no longer allowed to process of payments to your agencies via paper checks. Please ensure that your KDOT Info Sheet lists the correct numbers for routing payments to your bank.

  • Remember that you must include screenshot proof of your DUNS/SAM registration being current. Agencies with expired SAM registrations will not be awarded funds.

Please contact KDOT at KDOTtransit@ks.gov with any questions on the application process.

NEW - Getting Everyone to Everywhere video now available

We're very pleased to release the video that I showed at the Transit presentation for the Legislative Task Force.  Thanks to KU-RTAP, OCCK, Flint Hills aTa Bus, and Nemaha County for being a huge part of what made the final video so excellent, and so well-received by the Task Force and everyone at KDOT.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4whYW0QIxo&feature=em-share_video_user


Current Program Guidance

State Management Plan (2017)

Public Transportation Policy Manual (2018)

Kansas Group TAM Plan (2018)

Transit Manager's Handbook (2017)

Approved Trainer Program (2017)

Regional Business Model (2012)
     Regional Transit Business Model Volume I-II
     Regional Transit Business Model Appendix

Plans and Studies
Kansas Intercity Bus Study Final Report (2013)
I-70 Corridor Transit Feasibility Study
Dodge City Fixed Route Transit Study

Funding Programs
5310 Provider welcome letter
5310 Program overview
5311 Provider welcome letter
5311 Program overview
5311(f) Intercity Bus Routes (2018)
Commuter Discretionary Funds (2018)
5339 Bus and Bus Facilities (2018) 

Triennial Reviews
Triennial Interview Guide 5310
Triennial Interview Guide 5311


2018 Transit Vehicles Specs, Pre-Order Forms, and Amendments
Vehicle Specifications
Preliminary Order Forms

Contact List
KDOT Contact List
CTD Meeting Info and Contacts List

KDOT Funded Maintenance Facilities
FTA Maintenance Facility Checklist
Annual Building Inspection Checklist
Vehicle Preventive Maintenance Checklist

Title VI Information
Title VI Brochure - English
Title VI Brochure - Spanish

Other Links
CTD Map Transit Provider Directory


Social Media KDOT Twitter