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Press Release  Baker-Polito Administration Announces Total of $10.2 Million For Communities in Transit Grant Program Awards

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Total of $10.2 Million For Communities in Transit Grant Program Awards
For immediate release:
12/12/2018
  • Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Total of $10.2 Million For Communities in Transit Grant Program Awards

Jacquelyn Goddard, Director of Communications, MassDOT

BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to announce a total of $10.2 million dollars for cities, towns and non-profits to use under the Community Transit Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).  The competitive grant program awards money to be used for transit operating costs, mobility management or new capital investments.

“We are pleased to announce this transit grant funding which provides requested funding to meet the needs identified by local officials, private operators and non-profit leaders in their communities,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.  “The grant awards have many benefits, including increasing local public transportation options and reducing traffic congestion by getting people out of cars and onto vans or buses.”     

“The Community Transit Grant Program is a vital part of the Commonwealth’s efforts to accommodate and maintain the independence of people with disabilities and senior citizens,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We are pleased to support organizations and municipalities in their efforts to help people stay active and engaged in their communities across the Commonwealth.”

Today, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) held a photo opportunity to celebrate the Community Transit Grant Program’s funding award given to the South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC) in Plymouth. The SSCAC received seven transit vans in Fiscal Year 2018 that are now being used to provide para-transit transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities who live in communities in Plymouth, Bristol, and Suffolk Counties.  In Fiscal Year 2019, they have been awarded funding for an additional seven transit vans and $45,000 that will be used for operating expenses.


The Fiscal 2019 Community Transit Grant Program received 72 applications for funding and the program is awarding funding to 19 entities for 25 operating and mobility management projects. Award recipients include Regional Transit Authorities, municipalities, Councils on Aging, and eligible nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts.  In addition, the funding provides for the purchase of 144 vehicles by 28 local and regional organizations.

The Community Transit Grant Program distributes 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.

A complete list of successful grantees is below.

 

 

Organization

# of Vehicles Awarded

Associates for Human Services, Inc.

1

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

7

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

17

City of Beverly

1

City of New Bedford

1

Family Service Association

1

GAAMHA, Inc.

3

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority

12

Greater Lynn Senior Services

1

HealthCare Options, Inc.

2

Lowell Regional Transit Authority

6

M.O. L.I.F.E., Inc.

1

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

24

Montachusett Regional Transit Authority

8

Norwell Council on Aging

1

People, Incorporated

1

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

18

Project Independence Services, Inc.

1

SCM Community Transportation, Inc.

3

Shrewsbury Council on Aging

1

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

7

Springfield Jewish Community Center

1

Sunshine Village

2

The Arc of Opportunity in No. Central Mass

2

Viability, Inc.

10

Weston Council on Aging

1

Winthrop Council on Aging

1

Worcester Regional Transit Authority

10

TOTAL

144

Organization

Project Description

Award

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

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

$9,960

Brockton Area Transit Authority

Operating Assistance to continue to provide Flex service to the town of Rockland.

$50,000

Brockton Area Transit Authority

Operating Assistance to continue to provide Avon-Stoughton Service.

  $26,000

Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority

Funds to create a training library for COAs, HST, and CCRTA.

$4,000

City of Boston

City of Boston is currently procuring improved dispatching technology using CTGP funds awarded last year. This year’s award will facilitate implementation of the technology and successfully complete the project.

$50,000

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority

Expansion of the successful C.A.R. pilot program to Plymouth. The C.A.R. program provides Uber trips for senior citizens & persons with disabilities during later evening hours & Sundays when local public transit service is unavailable.

$40,000

Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority

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

$42,000

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.

$255,647

Hilltown Community Development Corporation

Planning funds to study expanding Hilltown CDC service coverage to adjacent towns, expand service hours and availability, and expand vehicles in program by developing a supplemental medical ride driver program.

$17,258

Hilltown Community Development Corporation

The Hilltown Driver Pool will supplement the use of the FRTA 12-passenger Demand Response van for medical rides as needed. It will combine several COA volunteer driver programs and provide a central dispatch, driver vetting and training and administrative support. Drivers will use their personal vehicles and be reimbursed for expenses. The service is designed to address existing gaps in service and create cost savings with use of smaller vehicles.

$15,623

Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority

Funding to produce and distribute a video to educate seniors and individuals with disabilities about using traditional fixed route transit.

$24,000

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority

Funding for MWRTA travel training program staff salaries.

$80,000

Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc.

The Connect a Ride Alliance Program provides transportation services to eleven communities north of Boston. MVES employs two full time transportation coordinators who are responsible for administering a transportation network and rider program for elders and individuals living with disabilities. This includes managing referrals, and booking rides, maintaining a transportation vendor inventory, and a cost effective human services transportation system.

$151,800

Northern Essex Elder Transportation

Volunteer driver reimbursement program for transportation of elderly individuals.

$3,000

Old Colony Planning Council

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

$32,000

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

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

$80,822

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Funding for PVTA travel training program staff salaries.

$71,251

Shrewsbury Council on Aging

Continued funding for Northboro-Westboro Service.

$28,000

South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Operating assistance for SSCAC transportation program for seniors and persons with disabilities.

$45,000

Springfield Partners for Community Action

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

$75,000

Town of Acton

Expansion of the 4-town CrosstownConnect shared dispatch partnership to Carlisle, Concord and Sudbury.

$75,000

Town of Ware

Operation of rural nine town regional transportation service called the Quaboag Connector.

$82,350

Worcester Regional Transit Authority

Demand response service offered to people with disabilities and people age 60+ traveling from Holden to Worcester and return. This service operates in the early morning before the Holden COA paratransit service is on the road and in the afternoon after they are off the road.

$12,000

Worcester Regional Transit Authority

SCM Elderbus service for people living in one of the 22 communities and provides service for trips to Worcester, focusing 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

ReadyBus service 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

TOTAL

$1,330,711

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Announces Total of $10.2 Million For Communities in Transit Grant Program Awards

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