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van-for-transit-grant-program-2017MassDOT is pleased to announce this year’s awards through the annual Community Transit Grant Program.

This year MassDOT has awarded 153 vans and mini-buses to 37 organizations. In addition, $1,802,197 in funding was awarded to 18 organizations for 25 operating and mobility management projects. Award recipients include Regional Transit Authorities, municipalities, Councils on Aging, and eligible nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts.

“The Community Transit Grant Program is a vital part of the Commonwealth’s efforts to accommodate and maintain the independence of an increasingly aging population,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We are happy to distribute these funds in order to help senior citizens and others with disabilities stay active and engaged in their communities across the Commonwealth.”

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 $10,207,139 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
The Arc of Opportunity in North Central Mass 2
Arlington Council on Aging 1
Associates for Human Services, Inc. 3
Belmont Council on Aging 1
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority 5
Blackstone Council on Aging 1
Brockton Area Transit Authority 7
Cape Ann Transportation Authority 3
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority 16
Danvers Council on Aging 1
Fairhaven Council on Aging 1
Family Service Association 1
Friends of the Millbury Seniors 1
GAAMHA, Inc. 3
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority 12
Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc. 11
HealthCare Options, Inc. 4
Lowell Regional Transit Authority 13
Manchester Council on Aging 2
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe 1
Marblehead Council on Aging 1
Marion Council on Aging 1
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority 15
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority 6
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority 17
Salem Council On Aging 1
Sharon Council on Aging 1
Somerset Council on Aging 1
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. 7
Southeastern Regional Transit Authority 1
Stavros Center for Independent Living 2
Stoneham Council on Aging 1
Swampscott Senior Center/Council on Aging 1
Wenham Council on Aging 1
Westport Council on Aging 1
Weymouth Council on Aging 1
Worcester Regional Transit Authority 6
Total 153


Organization Project Description Award
CrossTown Connect (Town of Acton) Expansion of commuter/reverse commuter services linking South Acton train station and Littleton train station with working seniors and people with disabilities. $60,000
CrossTown Connect (Town of Acton) Expansion of shared dispatch services of CrossTown Connect to include the Town Of Concord. The shared dispatch program allows riders in any community within the CTC service area to acquire trips on any van servicing the area. $41,000
Town of Bedford The Dash on-demand pilot program is an adaptive, on-demand 14 passenger shuttle service fully supported by a dedicated dispatch and call center. $47,000
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Funding to support BRTA’s travel training program. $6,000
City of Boston Purchase and implementation of new software / hardware systems to improve dispatching services. $170,017
Brockton Area Transit Authority Operating Assistance to continue to provide Avon-Stoughton Service. $26,000
Brockton Area Transit Authority Operating Assistance to continue to provide service to the town of Rockland. $50,000
Town of Brookline TRIPPS (Transportation Resources Info Planning Partnership for Seniors). TRIPPS is an innovative program that provides education and support to consumers aged 60+ and disabled individuals looking for alternatives to driving. $102,012
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority GATRA is partnering with a local social consortium to provide Uber trips in City of Attleboro and Town of Norton for senior citizens & persons with disabilities during later evening hours & Sundays when local public transit service is unavailable. $30,000
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority Continuing funding for the Wareham-New Bedford Shuttle, which connects the Town of Wareham with the City of New Bedford while traveling through Marion, Mattapoisett, and Fairhaven. $60,000
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority Offers long-distance demand response transportation to medical appointments for people living with disabilities and/or aged 60 or older. $50,000
Greater Lynn Senior Services, Inc. Funding for travel trainers that support consumers’ connection to, and use of, a wide range of mobility options; and community-focused driver safety, modification, and cessation supports. $252,362
Hilltown Community Development Corporation Funding for staff positions that will support a new van service for seniors and individuals with disabilities in the rural Hilltowns region. $32,813
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Funding to support MWRTA’ travel training program. $80,000
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Operating funds for expanded MWRTA beyond-ADA paratransit service. $250,000
Mystic Valley Elder Services Connect-A-Ride Alliance enhances mobility management and continues to provide and expand access to demand response transportation to elders and individuals living with disabilities in the Mystic Valley. $157,312
Old Colony Planning Council The OCPC provides mileage reimbursement to volunteer drivers who transport elderly and disabled individuals. $32,000
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Funding to support PVTA’s travel training program. $78,074
SCM Community Transportation Funding for Ride Relief project, a limited (by reservation), shared ride, demand response service in Malden, Medford and Everett that will soon be expanding to Somerville. $89,000
Shrewsbury Council on Aging This funding will allow the Shrewsbury COA to continue to provide work and medical trips to Shrewsbury riders to the communities of Northboro and Westboro, who are not within an ADA service area. The demand-response service that Shrewsbury provides as one of the RTA suburban providers does not otherwise extend to those towns. $20,000
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. Operating assistance to support SSCAC transportation program. $40,000
Ware Council on Aging The Quaboag Connector will provide service to the elderly, disabled and general citizens of a 10-town region in Massachusetts. The service will provide trips to medical, employment, education, cultural and shopping locations. The service is demand response and anticipates providing approximately 700 trips per month to a rural region underserved by public and private transportation. $56,607
Worcester Regional Transit Authority ReadyBus provides a much needed transportation service focusing on people with disabilities and people age 60 and over who live and work in the towns of Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge and Webster. $45,000
Worcester Regional Transit Authority This demand response service is provided in the early morning and late afternoon when the Holden Council on Aging paratransit service is not on the road. $12,000
Worcester Regional Transit Authority This service is for people living in one of the 22 communities and provides service for trips to Worcester, focusing on medical trips. $15,000
Total $1,802,197



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