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BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration announced today a total of $8.6 million for cities, towns, and nonprofit organizations to use under the Community Transit Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The annual competitive grant program awards money to be used for transit operating costs, mobility management, or new capital investments.

“Community Transit Grants provide critical funding to local organizations to purchase equipment to help people get where they need to go efficiently and safely,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration will continue to make efforts to work with local leaders, community stakeholders, and the private sector to make transit accessible to everyone.”

“We are pleased to provide this key funding to cities and towns, regional transit authorities, and non-profit organizations statewide to help support their transportation needs,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This program will expand upon current transportation services in areas where transit may currently be limited and will ensure that residents have the resources they need to travel.”

The funding being announced today is for applications made to the program during 2020.  Awards include funding to 30 organizations for 113 vans and minibuses and money to 21 entities for 28 operating and mobility management projects. Award recipients include some of the state’s 15 Regional Transit Authorities, municipalities, Councils on Aging, and eligible nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts.

“The Community Transit Grant Program plays an integral part in supporting transportation networks in local communities,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These grants help transportation providers state-wide continue to care for and improve the service they have, in particular, for people who rely on getting help to where they need to go, such as individuals who have disabilities.”

The Community Transit Grant Program is the Commonwealth’s annual competitive grant program to distribute both Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities funds and State Mobility Assistance Program funds. The FTA Section 5310 grant program provides funding to assist with the purchase of capital equipment, mobility management, and operational costs in order to meet the mobility needs of senior citizens and individuals with disabilities of any age. State Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) funds are used to assist in the provision of transportation services to seniors and persons with disabilities exclusively through the purchase of eligible vehicles.

In total, MassDOT plans to distribute $8,616,708 of federal and state funds for vehicles, operating projects, and mobility management projects in this round of the program.

A complete list of successful grantees is below:

Organization # of Vehicles Awarded
Amego, Inc. 3
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority 8
Brockton Area Transit Authority 9
Cape Ann Transportation Authority 1
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority 7
City of New Bedford 2
City of Salem 1
GAAMHA, Inc. 2
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority 12
Latham Centers, Inc. 4
Lowell Regional Transit Authority 7
Mattapoisett Council on Aging 1
Mental Health Association, Inc. 1
Merrimac Council on Aging 1
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority 5
Metrowest Regional Transit Authority 7
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority 8
Needham Department of Health and Human Services, Aging Services Division 1
People Incorporated 1
SCM Community Transportation, Inc. 2
Senior Care, Inc. 1
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc 7
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority 6
Town of Belmont 1
Town of Fairhaven 1
Town of Rochester 1
Town of Scituate Council on Aging 1
Town of Shrewsbury 1
Uxbridge Council on Aging 1
Worcester Regional Transit Authority 10

Organization

Project Description

Award

Bay State Community Services

CHNA 20 convened a Regional Coordinating Council (BHRCC) to enhance mobility in the Blue Hills region. This funding would support the final phase of this project by facilitating multi-sector engagement to ensure stakeholder commitment to, and ownership of, pilot solutions

$17,104

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

Funding for salaries and materials to support BRTA’s travel training program

$6,112

Brockton Area Transit Authority

Funding to continue and expand paratransit services to the towns of Avon, Stoughton, and the City of Brockton beyond BAT’s ADA corridor

$30,000

Brockton Area Transit Authority

Funding to continue lifeline service to essential destinations for older adults and people with disabilities in the Town of Rockland

$84,000

Cape Ann Transportation Authority

Funding for van transportation to dialysis and medical appointments in Beverly, Danvers, and Peabody. The service also provides direct transfer to MBTA’s RIDE service

$48,512

City of Newton

Funding for NewMo, an on-demand transportation system provided by Via for Newton residents aged 60 and older

$100,000

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority

Med Wheels offers long-distance demand-response transportation to medical appointments for people with disabilities and/or individuals aged 60 and older

$50,000

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority

GATRA is continuing to partner with a local social consortium consisting of seven non-profit agencies to provide Uber trips in the Town of Plymouth for older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals during the later evening hours, as well as Sundays when local public transportation service is unavailable

$30,000

Hilltown Driver Pool

Continuation of funding for the Hilltown Driver Pool, which supplements the use of FRTA’s 12-passenger Demand Response van for medical rides as needed. The program combines several COA volunteer driver programs and provides a central dispatch, driver vetting and training, and administrative support. Drivers use their personal vehicles and are reimbursed for expenses. The service is designed to address existing gaps in service and create cost savings with use of smaller vehicles

$9,045

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority

Proposal to provide supplemental funding to develop new technology tools and innovative solutions for successfully continuing to offer travel instruction services during COVID-19.

$78,623

Metrowest Regional Transit Authority

Funds for MWRTA Transitions & Outreach Program (TOP). The goal of the TOP is to improve travel independence within the MetroWest Region through one-on-one training, classroom/group training, and train the trainer programs

$80,000

Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

The Connect a Ride Alliance Program provides transportation services to 11 communities north of Boston. MVES employs two full time transportation coordinators who are responsible for administering a mobility network and rider program for older adults and individuals living with disabilities

$106,200

Northern Essex Elder Transport

Funding to cover administrative costs associated with operating a volunteer driver program that serves 14 COAs in the Merrimack Valley

$18,000

Old Colony Planning Council

The OCPC provides mileage reimbursement to volunteer drivers at the federally approved mileage rate

$30,000

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Continuing funding to maintain and expand PVTA’s mobility management Travel Training (TT) Program across the Pioneer Valley

$84,990

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Operating funds to support the continued transition of paratransit service provision from PVTA to COAs in order to reduce cost of service and relieve strain on PVTA’s operating budget.

$129,000

South Hadley Council on Aging

Funding to cover the salary of a second bus drive

$4,500

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Operating assistance for SSCAC transportation program for older adults and people with disabilities

$75,000

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Funds to support short-term assessment and strategic planning to accommodate operational changes needed to satisfy new HST guidelines and MA standards for COVID-19

$25,000

Springfield Partners for Community Action

Operating funds to support the transportation of older disabled veterans across the Springfield metro area

$75,000

Town of Acton

Funding for Crosstown Connect shared dispatch for three member communities, which includes a “concierge” element that will close the gap in access to ride-hailing and micro-transit based on variation in riders’ cell phone experience/abilities

$80,000

Town of Brookline

Funding to develop train-the-trainer curriculums and supporting materials for transportation topics (ex. ride-hailing training for older adults), which includes online peer-to-peer learning modules

$66,400

Town of Lexington

Funding for the creation of educational materials about how to ride Lexpress and an actionable plan and timeline for area towns to work towards regionalizing transportation services

$28,000

Town of Lexington

Operating funds to support Lexpress, a fixed-route service in Lexington with deviations midday to better assist those with mobility challenges.

$100,000

Town of Ware

Operation of rural nine town regional transportation services called the Quaboag Connector

$129,200

Worcester Regional Transit Authority

This is a demand response service offered to people with disabilities and individuals aged 60 and over traveling from Holden to Worcester and the reverse. This service operates during the early morning and late afternoon when the Holden COA vehicle is not running

$45,000

Worcester Regional Transit Authority

SCM Elderbus serves 22 communities in central MA and provides rides to Worcester with a focus on medical trips. Without this service, riders would have to go to Worcester in the morning and stay in Worcester many hours before being brought back home in the afternoon

$15,000

Worcester Regional Transit Authority

SCM READYBUS service provides a much-needed transportation service focusing on people with disabilities and individuals aged 60 and over who live and work in the towns of Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, and Webster.

$12,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the Community Transit Grant Program, MassDOT manages additional Commonwealth of Massachusetts grant programs benefitting municipalities, businesses and the traveling public.  The grant programs include Municipal Small Bridge, Complete Streets, Industrial Rail Access, and two initiatives launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2020 to help communities during the pandemic: Shared Streets and Spaces and Shared Winter Streets and Spaces.  For information on these programs, please visit: www.mass.gov

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