The Massachusetts Department of Transportation recently issued some $37 million through two separate state grant programs to support regional public transportation providers.

[Above photo by MassDOT]

The agency said this funding will go to Regional Transit Authorities (RTA), Councils on Aging, and other entities to support transit fleet electrification, enhance and expand existing transit services, expand service hours, improve rural connectivity, and assist with operating and capital expenses.

Almost $20 million from the state’s Community Transit Grant Program or CTGP will be used to purchase vehicles for public transportation needs, with an additional $2 million awarded through a separate CTGP entity for projects expanding mobility for older adults, people with disabilities, and low-income individuals. 

Finally, $15 million is being provided to increase operating and capital funding for transit providers through the Regional Transit Innovation Grant program.

“We are excited to announce these grant funds because we know the money will go a long way to supporting the needs of organizations that provide mobility options across the state,” said Governor Maura Healey (D) in a statement.

“Public transportation plays a crucial role when it comes to accessibility, community connectivity, and economic growth and we will work to ensure that all residents have access to the transportation services they need,” she added.

“This grant funding will help our transit providers do more, including adding service, expanding routes, and purchasing electric vehicles so more mobility options can be offered to senior citizens, people with disabilities, and individuals who cannot afford to own a car,” noted Monica Tibbits-Nutt, MassDOT secretary and CEO.