MassDOT announces $3.5M in Regional Transit Authority grant awards

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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced $3.5 million in grant awards for Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) across the Commonwealth to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers.

The RTA funding recipients have been selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership, demonstrate innovation, serve a priority population, be financially sustainable, and provide cost savings or operational efficiencies. Applicants were also requested to have complete business plans and present measurable milestones.

The Baker-Polito Administration has filed an $18 billion Transportation Bond Bill which authorizes $330 million in capital support for the 15 RTAs to invest in fleets and facilities. The bill also includes a new $50 million Transit Infrastructure Partnership Program which would provide grants to enable transit authorities and municipalities to work together to provide bus lanes, transit signal priority and other infrastructure to keep buses moving.  

Today’s awards mark the second round of grants provided by the Baker-Polito Administration for the RTAs to develop innovative services.  Previously, $5.1 million in RTA grant awards were provided, including $4 million in operating funding allocated in the Fiscal Year 2019 state budget signed by Governor Baker, as well as an additional $1.1 million in capital funding from MassDOT.

For the grants announced, all project proposals were selected on a competitive basis and grant recipients will now be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with MassDOT to address the project goals.

The full list of award winners is as follows:

 RTAProject DescriptionTotal Award
Brockton Area Transit AuthorityExpanded Automated Fare Options: Modernization and Standardization of Fare Collection$              116,081.00
Berkshire Regional Transit AuthorityEvening Service Pilot Extension$              361,128.00
Cape Cod Regional Transit AuthorityTransit Oriented Development Solutions: Enhanced Buzzards Bay Transit Service$              345,600.00
Franklin Regional Transit AuthorityFRTA Access Microtransit Pilot Extension$              171,050.00
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit AuthorityGATRA Go Mansfield/Foxborough Microtransit Pilot Extension$              217,200.00
Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit AuthorityGATRA Go South Plymouth Microtransit Pilot Expansion$              150,000.00
Lowell Regional Transit AuthoritySunday Service Pilot Extension$              335,328.00
Montachusett Regional Transit AuthorityDesign/Delivery of Centralized Dispatch for Affiliate COAs$              165,000.00
MetroWest Regional Transit AuthorityEnhanced Frequency and Sunday Service Feasibility Study$              375,000.00
MetroWest Regional Transit AuthorityRoute Equity Project$              220,830.00
Pioneer Valley Transit AuthorityMobile Pass & Integrated Itinerary Planning Technology Program for Western Massachusetts$              265,172.00
Southeastern Regional Transit AuthoritySunday Service Pilot$              318,181.00
Worcester Regional Transit AuthorityTransportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) Westborough Shuttle Pilot$              459,430.00

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