Baker-Polito Administration Announces $9.5 Million for Communities in Transit Grant Program Awards
The Baker-Polito Administration announced today a total of $9.5 million for cities, towns and nonprofit organizations to use under the Community Transit Grant Program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The annual competitive grant program awards money to be used for transit operating costs, mobility management or new capital investments.
“Community Transit Grants provide critical funding to local organizations to purchase equipment to help people get where they need to go efficiently and safely,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration will continue to make efforts to work with local leaders, community stakeholders and the private sector to make transit accessible to everyone.”
“We are pleased to provide this key funding to cities and towns, regional transit authorities and non-profit organizations statewide to help support their transportation needs,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “This program will expand upon current transportation services in areas where transit may currently be limited, and will ensure that residents have the resources they need to travel.”
This year, MassDOT has awarded funding for 126 vans and mini-buses to 33 organizations. In addition, $1,330,711 in funding was awarded to 19 organizations for 30 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 plays an integral part in supporting transportation networks in local communities,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These grants help transportation providers state-wide continue to care for and improve the service they have, in particular, for people who rely on getting help to where they need to go, such as individuals who have disabilities.”
The Fiscal 2020 Community Transit Grant Program is awarding funding for 66 operating and mobility management projects to 43 entities out of the 75 applications received.
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 $9,478,981 of federal and state funds for vehicles, operating projects and mobility management projects in this round of the program.
For a complete list of successful grantees click here.
Original article from the MassDOT Blog