Transportation Partnership Grants Program

Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Transportation Partnership Grants Program

Transportation Partnership Grants Program

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in partnership with MassDevelopment, has developed a statewide grant program to provide funding for state and municipal agencies, regional transit authorities (RTAs), eligible non-profits, and Health and Human Services (HHS) providers to contract with taxicab, livery, or hackney businesses for transportation and delivery needs. 

This program is funded through a portion the MassDevelopment Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Fund (TIEF) collected from calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to small businesses operating in the taxicab, livery, or hackney industries to encourage the adoption of new technologies and advanced service, safety and operational capabilities and support workforce development. 

Announcements

Press Release: MassDevelopment, MAPC Award Over $1 million for COVID-19 Related Transportation Needs

Click here to read.

In May 2020, MAPC and MassDevelopment established the Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Transportation Partnership Grants, the first round of taxi partnership grants, to meet vulnerable populations’ transportation and delivery needs during the COVID-19 emergency.

Questions?

Contact Marah Holland at mholland@mapc.org and/or Travis Pollack at tpollack@mapc.org.

Taxi/Livery Partnership Grant Program

In October 2020, MAPC released a notice of grant opportunity for the Taxi/Livery Partnership Grant Program. The application deadline has passed and the grant program is no longer accepting applications. MAPC anticipates announcing taxi partnership grant awards no later than February 2021.

Summer 2020:

Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery and Hackney Partnership Grant Program Awards 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in partnership with MassDevelopment, is awarding over $1 million in funding to meet vulnerable populations’ transportation and delivery needs during the COVID-19 emergency.  

Twenty-five state and municipal agencies, regional transit authorities, and health and human services transportation providers received grants to partner with taxi and livery companies through the Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery and Hackney Partnership Grant Program. The grants were awarded to public entities to assist vulnerable populations such as older adults, people facing food insecurity and essential workers. Grants can be used transport essential supplies—like food or medicine—for these populations, or to transport them to work, non-emergency medical appointments, and grocery shopping. Grantees had to contract with taxi, livery or hackney companies to make these trips. 

Below are the agencies awarded grants under the Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery and Hackney Partnership Grant Program. If you’d like more information on trip eligibility and the programs in your community, please visit the webpage links or call the phone numbers listed below.

Grantees

Grantee and Webpage Link Contact Info
Boston Public Health Commission 617-534-5395 
Cape Ann Transportation Authority, in cooperation with:

Chelsea Housing and Community Development
617-466-4180 
Dedham Council on Aging  781-326-1650
Egremont Council on Aging (includes Alford and Mount Washington)  413-528-0182 ext. 16 
Foxborough Council on Aging and Human Services 508-543-1234 
Framingham (emergency food)
508-532-5400
Hull Council on Aging  781-925-1239 
Lexington Transportation Services
781-698-4820 
Marlborough Economic Development Corporation  508-229-2010 
Merrimack Valley RTA (Haverhill area) in partnership with the Haverhill Transportation Alliance
978-771-9813
MetroWest RTA in partnership with the Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council (Ashland, Dover, Framingham, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Natick, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and Weston) 508-935-2222 ext. 7115 or 508-872-4853 
Natick Council on Aging  508-647-6540 
Needham Council on Aging 781-455-7555
Northampton Senior Services Department  413-584-7979 
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (Northampton, Amherst, Greenfield, Springfield, Holyoke, Chickopee) in cooperation with:

  • Mercy Medical Center: (413) 748-9000
  • MHA, Inc.: (413) 734-5376
  • Northampton Survival Center: (413) 586-6564.
PVTA: 413-732-6248 ext. 2242 
Quincy Housing Authority
Program for elderly and/or disabled individuals residing in QHA properties
617-847-4350 ext. 903
Revere Public Health Division 781-286-8311 
Shape Up Somerville  781-747-8198 
Sherborn Council on Aging
508-651-7858 
Somerville Council on Aging  617-625-6600 ext. 2319 
Go Sudbury! Taxi Rides Program  978-443-3055 
Wayland Council on Aging  508-358-2990 
Weston Council on Aging 781-786-6280
Worcester RTA (Auburn, Northborough, Boylston, West Boylston, Westborough, Leicester, Oxford)  508-752-9283
or 508-791-9782