FRTA awarded grant money to expand its demand response program

Franklin County

The Massachusetts Department of Transporation awarded more than $240,000 to the Franklin Regional Transit Authority.

The Franklin Regional Transit Authority is looking to expand its current Demand Response program to include general public access.

The FRTA is developing an application that will allow the general public to access vacant seats, either same-day or next-day, on board its Demand Response bus which provides curb-to-curb service for seniors and people with disabilities.

The idea is to expand micro-transit service to low-income populations in Greenfield, Turners Falls, Millers Falls, Orange, Wendell, Warwick, and New Salem.

FRTA Assistant Administrator Michael Perreault said the expanded service was “for those that can’t access our fixed route transportation, whether it’s the distance they have to walk or the timing of the schedules. It gives them a little bit more flexibility. We have the vehicles already out on the road, so this would better utilize those empty seats for people that need the transportation.”

A total of $5.1 million is being awarded by MassDOT to 21 regional transit authorities across the state.

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