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transit-grant-fund-awards-july-2017Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Rail and Transit Administrator Astrid Glynn, Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, and transportation advocates announced Community Transit Grant Program awards totaling $10.2 million to Councils on Aging, non-profit organizations, and Regional Transit Authorities, throughout the Commonwealth to purchase 148 fully accessible vans to provide transportation services to seniors and paratransit customers.

“These municipal, regional and non-profit organizations provide important transportation opportunities for the Commonwealth’s seniors and paratransit customers in our local communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “New equipment funded through this program will ensure reliable options are available to support their needs and ability to get to the places they need to go.”

“We are pleased to award $10.2 million to support these organizations which are providing effective travel for people of all ages and abilities,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito, who attended today’s announcement in Peabody. “We are committed to expanding transportation options and ensuring every member of our communities is able to safely reach the places and opportunities that improve their quality of life.”

van-for-transit-grant-program-2017The Community Transit Grant Program is an annual competitive grant program administered by MassDOT’s Rail and Transit Division to meet the mobility needs of seniors and paratransit customers. The program is funded in part by the Mobility Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Legislature this spring in the $290 million transportation funding bill.

“These grants reflect the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing collaboration with municipalities and organizations across Massachusetts to help them to provide better transportation services for those that need it most,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack.  “I am proud of the hard work that has gone into managing this grant program and I am thankful for the state and local officials, transportation advocates, as well as the MassDOT staff members who are continuing to work to ensure we provide better services for all our customers.”

“The Community Transit Grant Program is a great example of the importance of forming partnerships across agencies and sectors,” said MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator Glynn. “We appreciate the support from our partners in the Massachusetts Legislature and thank everyone who has contributed to this program and helped ensure that seniors and paratransit riders are able to get to the places they need to reach throughout our local communities.”

“Elders and paratransit customers across the Commonwealth will benefit exponentially from the Community Transit Grant program,” said State Senator Joan B. Lovey. “I am pleased to see the Baker-Polito Administration work closely with our local communities to provide transportation opportunities that will increase the quality of life for people of all abilities who are aging.”

“By providing these new vans to the Peabody Council on Aging, it illustrates a shining example, both literally and figuratively, of the great working relationship among the Baker administration, MassDOT, the Legislature, and the City of Peabody,” said State Representative Thomas P. Walsh. “These vans will enhance the excellent service already provided by the Peabody Council on Aging, and we are grateful to be the recipients of this award.”

“Without the Mobility Assistance grant, we simply could not provide the transportation services which benefit so many in our community,”  said Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. “These beautiful new vans enable the fastest growing segment of Peabody’s population – those 65 and older – the opportunity to continue to their vital contributions to our community.  And for that, we all benefit.”

 The Councils on Aging, non-profit organizations, and Regional Transit Authorities receiving awards includes:

 Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

Brockton Area Transit Authority

Cape Ann Transportation Authority

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Danvers Council on Aging

Dartmouth Council on Aging

Franklin Regional Transit Authority

Friends of the Millbury Seniors, Inc.

GAAMHA, Inc.

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority

Greater Lynn Senior Services

HealthCare Options, Inc.

Kennedy Donovan Center

Littleton Council on Aging

Lowell Regional Transit Authority

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

New Bedford Council on Aging

Northeast Independent Living

Peabody Council on Aging

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Randolph Council on Aging

SCM Community Transportation, Inc.

Senior Care

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Swansea Council on Aging

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