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massdot-formal_logoMassDOT today announced $5.1 million in additional funding awards for Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) across the Commonwealth to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers.

The RTA award winners have been selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership, demonstrate innovation, serve a priority population, be financially sustainable, and provide cost savings or operational efficiencies.

Applicants were also requested to have complete business plans and present measurable milestones. All project proposals were selected on a competitive basis.

This $5.1 million includes $4 million in operating funding allocated in the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget signed by Governor Baker as well as an additional $1.1 million in capital funding from MassDOT.

“These awards will support Regional Transit Authorities as they launch projects to enhance existing options and implement best practices,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The combination of operating and capital funding will help RTAs develop innovative plans to provide more reliable service to riders in communities across the Commonwealth.”

“By working closely with our Regional Transit Authority partners, we are helping to ensure that people throughout Massachusetts have the best options for reaching jobs and economic opportunities,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Each of these projects will help improve Regional Transit Authority services and we look forward to seeing their completion.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to award $5.1 million in additional funding to Regional Transit Authorities,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We look forward to the award winners carrying out these projects which will provide benefits such as more frequent service on some routes, pilot programs, and improved customer experience and outreach.”

Award winners will now be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with MassDOT to address the project goals.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

RTA Project Description Capital Award Operating Award Total Award
Brockton Area Transit Authority Expanded service to Stoughton by increasing direct service to downtown Stoughton, connecting two different commuter rail lines, and integrating an underserved business district. $178,750 $178,750
Brockton Area Transit Authority Increased service of busiest route to the Ashmont MBTA Station through two additional round trips. $103,500 $103,500
Brockton Area Transit Authority Increased service to Bridgewater State University (BSU) through four additional round trips per day. $15,000 $15,000
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Pilot to extend service hours for BRTA bus Route 11 and Route 11X serving Berkshire Community College (BCC) with final runs on BRTA bus Route 21 Express and BRTA bus Route 1. $361,128 $361,128
Cape Ann Transit Authority Pilot for on-demand transportation services in Gloucester and Rockport to extend transit services beyond regular hours and on weekends using QRyde on-demand technology. $215,777 $184,223 $400,000
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority Enhanced intra-agency intermodalism via fixed route, trolley & app-based on-demand feeder service in the Falmouth area. $176,500 $305,970 $482,470
Franklin Regional Transit Authority Micro-transit service to low-income populations in towns of Greenfield, Turners Falls, Millers Falls, Orange, Wendell, Warwick, and New Salem via same-day and next-day transportation. $86,975 $153,575 $240,550
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority TransLoc, Inc. pilot demonstration project. $300,000 $300,000
Lowell Regional Transit Authority Pilot for Sunday service for 10 bus routes that service the Greater Lowell Region. $325,338 $325,338
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority Pilot for a self-sustaining micro-transit model in the city of Fitchburg by utilizing advanced transportation software. $210,000 $210,000
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority Creation of a target marketing advertising campaign for Spanish language television. $150,000 $150,000
Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority Improvement of system management and customer outreach in MVRTA Office of Special Services. Two-part project for the installation of new mobile data terminals (MDTs) to interface with management software, and for the installation of new Interactive Voice Response (IVR) telephone notification system. $156,700 $156,700
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Route 20 Shuttle Pilot, for fixed route service from the Wayside Country Store in Marlborough to the Riverside MBTA Station in Newton along the Route 20 corridor. $50,000 $300,000 $350,000
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority First mile/last mile service enhancements for MetroWest region using innovative commuter app and marketing at commuter rail stations. $50,000 $300,000 $350,000
Nantucket Regional Transit Authority Continued marketing for new year-round fixed route service (December 2018 – April 2019). Funding would go towards bilingual ads, sound bites, etc. $30,375 $30,375
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Improve customer experience and draw new commuters to Springfield by creating an express service that only stops at major points of interest along the Route B7 alignment, reducing end-to-end time from 50 mins to 35 mins, and to P20 Express. $384,187 $384,187
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority G1 Service enhancements to 20-min headways. $216,054 $216,054
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority Pilot night service expansion for Fall River Route 5 and New Bedford Route 8 for 18 months. $183,200 $183,200
Vineyard Transit Authority Restore optimal fixed route operations on the two most viable and busiest routes (Route 1 and Route 13) which often exceed vehicle capacity during peak periods. $83,500 $83,500
Worcester Regional Transit Authority Implementation of online paratransit trip reservation system. $70,000 $120,200  
Worcester Regional Transit Authority Next-day paratransit trip reservations/scheduling pilot for rural communities of Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge and Webster. $61,000 $95,000 $156,000

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