Baker-Polito administration provides funding for 8 new MWRTA vehicles – Framingham SOURCE

in full transparency, here is a press release from the Baker-Polito administration


BOSTON – The Baker-Polito administration today announced, December 21, a total of $ 8.9 million for municipalities, aging councils, nonprofits and other entities to use under the Transit Subsidy Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).

The annual competitive grants program allocates funds to be used for public transport operating costs, mobility management or new capital investments.

“Transit grants provide essential funding for local organizations to purchase equipment to help people get to where they need to go efficiently and safely,” Governor Charlie Baker said. “Our administration will continue to make efforts to work with local leaders, community stakeholders and the private sector to make public transit accessible to all.”

“We are delighted to provide this key funding to cities and towns, regional transit authorities and statewide nonprofits to help them meet their transportation needs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “These grants expand current transportation services in areas where public transportation may currently be limited and will ensure residents have additional options for travel.”

Funding announced today is for applications submitted to the program in 2021 for fiscal year 2022. The awards include funding to 27 organizations for 115 vans and minibuses and money to 18 entities for 23 operations and management projects. mobility.

The award recipients include some of the 15 state’s regional transit authorities (RTAs), municipalities, aging councils, and eligible nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts.

“The Transit Subsidy Program is essential in enabling transportation providers across the Commonwealth to tailor and improve their services for the public,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Jamey Tesler. “In particular, these grants will help projects that will benefit people with disabilities or others who need help accessing transportation. “

The Community Transportation Grants Program is the Commonwealth’s annual competitive grant program to distribute both Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 funds, Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities, and Funds of the State Mobility Assistance Program (MAP). The FTA Section 5310 grant program provides funding to help with the purchase of capital equipment, mobility management and operational costs to meet the mobility needs of the elderly and people with disabilities of all ages. Funds from the State Mobility Assistance Program are used to help provide transportation services to the elderly and people with disabilities exclusively through the purchase of eligible vehicles.

In total in this round of grants, MassDOT plans to distribute $ 8,912,588 in federal and state funds for vehicles, operations projects, and mobility management projects.

A full list of successful beneficiaries is below.

Organization Number of vehicles allocated
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority 5
Brockton Area Transit Authority 4
Brockton Area Arc, Inc. 1
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority 15
City of Revere 1
Family service association 1
Franklin Regional Transit Authority seven
GAAMHA, Inc. 2
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transportation Authority 9
Hull Council on Aging 2
Lowell Regional Transit Authority 3
Mental Health Association, Inc. (MHA, Inc.) 2
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority 8
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority 5
Incorporated persons 1
Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority 14
SCM Community Transport, Inc. 3
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. 6
Southeast Regional Transit Authority 3
City of Arlington 1
Town of Brookline 1
Town of Dartmouth 1
Town of Randolph 1
Rowley Town 1
City of Ware 1
Upham’s Corner Health Committee, Inc. 3
Worcester Regional Transit Authority 14
Organization Project description Award
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Funding of salaries and materials to support BRTA’s travel training program $ 8,414
Brockton Area Transit Authority Funding to continue and expand paratransit services to the towns of Avon, Stoughton and the Town of Brockton beyond the BAT ADA corridor $ 30,000
Brockton Area Transit Authority Funding to continue life-saving service to essential destinations for seniors and people with disabilities in the town of Rockland $ 84,000
Cape Ann Transport Authority Funding for van transportation to dialysis and medical appointments in Beverly, Danvers and Peabody, as well as a direct transfer to the MBTA RIDE $ 54,925
Newton Town Funding for NewMo, an on-demand transportation system provided by Via for Newton residents aged 60 and over $ 125,000
City of Revere Funding for Revere Rides to expand its city-sponsored transportation program to meet the growing demands of seniors and people with disabilities $ 49,696
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transportation Authority Med Wheels provides on-demand long-distance transportation to medical appointments for people with disabilities and / or those aged 60 or over $ 50,000
Franklin Regional Transit Authority Funding from FRTA to establish a travel training program with a full-time Travel Trainer / Travel Ambassador position $ 50,600
Hilltown Community Development Corporation Continued funding for the Hilltown Driver Pool, which complements the use of the FRTA 12-passenger Demand Response van for medical trips as needed. The program combines several COA volunteer driver programs and provides central dispatch, driver verification and training, as well as administrative support. Drivers use their personal vehicles and are reimbursed for their expenses. The service is designed to fill existing gaps in service and create cost savings with the use of smaller vehicles $ 8,888
Mystic Valley Elder Services, Inc. The Connect a Ride Alliance program provides transportation services to 11 communities north of Boston. MVES employs two full-time Transportation Coordinators who are responsible for administering a transportation network and cycling program for seniors and people with disabilities. $ 106,200
North Essex Seniors Transportation Funding to cover administrative costs associated with operating a volunteer driver program that serves 14 COAs in the Merrimack Valley. $ 19,000
Old Settlement Planning Board OCPC provides mileage reimbursement to volunteer drivers at federally approved mileage rate $ 30,000
Opportunity Works Funding to expand an existing demand response program for the elderly and other disadvantaged transportation populations for six towns in Essex County $ 60,000
Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority Operating funds to support the continued transition of the paratransit service from PVTA to local councils on aging $ 150,000
Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority Ongoing funding to maintain and expand PVTA’s Mobility Management Travel Training (TT) program throughout PVTA’s service area $ 108,240
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. Support for the operation of the SSCAC transport program for the elderly and the disabled $ 75,000
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. Ongoing funding to support the short-term assessment and strategic planning of SSCAC to adapt to operational changes and comply with new HST guidelines and MA standards resulting from COVID-19 $ 25,000
Springfield Partners for Community Action Operating funds to support the ongoing transportation of elderly disabled veterans in the Springfield area $ 75,000
Town of Shrewsbury Funding for the operation of the Shrewsbury Council on Aging vehicle $ 28,000
City of Ware Operating funds to support the Quaboag connector $ 150,000
Worcester Regional Transit Authority Funding for a demand response service for people with disabilities and those aged 60 and over traveling from Holden to Worcester and vice versa outside of Holden Council on Aging vehicle opening hours $ 12,000
Worcester Regional Transit Authority SCM Elderbus offers rides for people living in its 22 member communities with a focus on medical trips to Worcester. $ 15,000
Worcester Regional Transit Authority ReadyBus provides essential transportation service to people with disabilities and those 60 and over who live and work in the towns of Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge and Webster. $ 45,000

In addition to the Transit Grant program, MassDOT operates other Commonwealth of Massachusetts grant programs for the benefit of municipalities, businesses and the traveling public. Other grant programs include the small municipal bridge, complete streets, industrial rail access and two initiatives launched by the Baker-Polito administration in 2020 to help communities during the pandemic: streets and shared spaces and streets and spaces of winter shared. For more information on these programs, please visit:

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