Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney 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.
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.
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.
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.
|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
|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)
|Hull Council on Aging||781-925-1239|
|Lexington Transportation Services
|Marlborough Economic Development Corporation||508-229-2010|
Merrimack Valley RTA (Haverhill area) in partnership with the Haverhill Transportation Alliance
|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:
||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
|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