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Van, AccessibilityMassDOT announced the awarding of more than $9 million in FY2017 Community Transit Program Grants to support transit programs for seniors and individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth.

The grants, which are state and federal dollars administrated through MassDOT’s Rail & Transit Division, are intended to fund the purchase of vans to transport seniors and individuals with disabilities, dispatch systems and coordination with human service providers to assist in getting riders to their destinations.

Grant Recipient include the following:
· Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA): $45,000 in operational funds to support continued on-demand SCM Elderbus ReadyBus service in rural Southwest Worcester County Communities.

· WRTA: $15,000 in operational funds to support continued SCM Elderbus mid-day shuttle service for seniors and disabled individuals within 21 Worcester County communities.

· Berkshire Regional Transit Authority: $313,721 in capital funding to purchase five replacement vans.

· Greater-Attleboro Regional Transit Authority: $129,678 in capital dollars to purchase 11 replacement vans and $41,900 to establish a pilot transit service to connect the Town of Wareham and the City of New Bedford. (The pilot service will also include the towns of Mattapoiset, Fairhaven and Marion.)

· Lowell Regional Transit Authority: $62,212 in capital funding to purchase one expanded bus and $228,308 to purchase six replacement minibuses.

“The Community Transit Program Grants will improve transportation connectivity across the Commonwealth, including in rural communities where seniors and individuals with disabilities may have limited transportation choices to getting where they need to go,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack.

In total, 63 grants were awarded to 36 applicants. The application period ran from mid-January to mid-February and awards were made in June.

“These grants are a continuation of the steps MassDOT has taken to improve public transportation options and service. Improved service with new vehicles will ease the burden seniors and individuals with disabilities face in getting to their desired destinations,” MassDOT Transit Administrator Astrid Glynn.

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