Transportation is provided via two models, with differing procurement approaches:
Demand-Response ("dial-a-ride"): Generally, transportation is authorized by the funding agency and consumers call to schedule their trips as-needed with varying destinations, frequency and times. This model is typically used for medical appointments. Each Broker maintains a list of qualified transportation providers (vendors) and their price lists. Contracted providers will be awarded trips on a daily basis based on lowest price, availability and prior performance.
Procurement Status: Interested transportation vendors may apply to be qualified as a provider anytime throughout the year. Contact the local Broker (the Broker serving consumers in your company's city or town) for the HST Provider Application package and specific pricing requirements.
Program-Based: Transportation is authorized by the funding agency for a specific destination, frequency and time, usually operating on a daily or regularly scheduled basis. This model is typically used for transportation to rehabilitation or developmental programs; it is similar to a school-bus route.
Procurement Status: All program-based routes were procured for a five year period beginning July 1, 2008. However, additional routes are occasionally added or contracts are terminated, and interested transportation vendors should submit a letter of interest to the local Broker (the Broker serving consumers in your company's city or town) to be notified of any interim procurement.
General Procurement Information:
Information about the last statewide procurement of transportation providers is available on the Commonwealth's Internet bid site (COMMBUYS). Click on the Search for Solicitations link and enter Document Number: 2008-HST-Trips.
This information is provided by Human Service Transportation Office.