Lack of adequate transportation can impede the ability of jobseekers to get or maintain employment. In early 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor published Training and Employment Notice 21-11, which offers strategies that workforce development staff at state and local workforce agencies and One-Stop Career Centers can use to help their clients overcome transportation barriers. To complement this national notice, we present links to key stakeholders and resources here in Massachusetts:
Key Partners and Resources
Regional Transit Authorities across the state serve the general public and also provide special services for seniors and people with disabilities.
Regional planning agencies help plan and implement transportation and land use in the regions around Massachusetts. In particular, the coordinated human service transportation (CHST) plans that they develop for each region include inventories of available transportation.
Efforts to coordinate community transportation services are underway in different areas across the state. If one is active in your region, it can be a great resource in helping you identify services for your clients or build partnerships with transportation providers. Some of these initiatives are featured on this webpage of ongoing initiatives across the state.
Working with Employers
Transportation Management Associations offer transportation-related benefits to the employees of member companies and promote alternative commuting patterns.
MassRIDES assists employers that are seeking to help their employees with transportation or to promote alternative commuting options to their employees.
Transportation for Veterans
If you are helping veterans access employment, your clients may be able to use veteran-specific transportation services. This veterans’ transportation resource list describes a range of services available in different regions of the state.
Transportation for People with Disabilities
Work Without Limits is a statewide initiative to increase employment of Massachusetts residents with disabilities. The effort has identified transportation as a critical barrier and has taken steps to compile resources for individuals and their families and to facilitate partnerships to help transportation providers coordinate and align their services.
For more information on community transportation and efforts to coordinate them, visit the state’s Human Service Transportation Office.