The South Shore Community Action Council and Scituate Council on Aging won competitive grants to provide transportation services
BOSTON, MA – This week, it was announced that two South Shore organizations will benefit from some of the $8.6 million in grant awards from the state's Community Transit Grant Program. The Baker-Polito Administration announced the grants this week for the program, which is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT).
The South Shore Community Action Council (SSCAC) was awarded with seven vehicles (vans and/or minibuses) to assist with transportation needs; $75,000 for operating assistance for SSCAC transportation program for older adults and people with disabilities; and $25,000 towards short-term assessment and strategic planning to accommodate operational changes needed to satisfy new HST guidelines and MA standards for COVID-19.
The Town of Scituate Council on Aging was awarded with one vehicle (van or minibus) to assist with transportation needs.
“These organizations are committed to providing transportation to residents who need access to critical services such as medical care,” said Senator O’Connor (R-Weymouth). “The past few months have highlighted the importance of transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities. I appreciate the support that MassDOT and the Baker-Polito Administration are giving to organizations like these across the Commonwealth.”
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 of any age with disabilities. 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.
Senator Patrick O’Connor represents the Plymouth and Norfolk district, which includes the towns of Cohasset, Duxbury, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Scituate, and Weymouth. Sen. O’Connor and his staff may be reached at the State House at 617-722-1646 or by email at Patrick.O’[email protected]