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). 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 Partnerships Grant program, the first round of taxi partnership grants, to meet vulnerable populations’ transportation and delivery needs during the COVID-19 emergency. This initial grant round provided over $1 million to 25 grantees statewide to address COVID-19 challenges. In October 2020 MAPC and MassDevelopment established a second round of taxi/livery partnership grants. 

Questions?

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

Spring 2021

Taxi/Livery Transportation Partnership Grant Awards

In the spring of 2021, MAPC and MassDevelopment awarded $2,543,883 in funding to 46 cities and towns, municipal agencies, regional transit authorities, nonprofits, and health and human service providers through the Taxi/Livery Transportation Partnerships Grant Program. Grantees will be able to use funds to expand transportation service capacity through contracts with licensed taxi or livery businesses.

Administered by MAPC, these grants will help communities supplement existing transportation options, create new programs to transport individuals to work, grocery stores, non-emergency medical appointments, and other destinations, as well as facilitate delivery of essential supplies such as food and prescription medicine to residents in need.

The following grantees are partnering with taxi and livery companies across Massachusetts to provide transportation services. For more information on trip availability and eligibility, please contact the grantee.

Note: Grantees, particularly those providing non-emergency medical transportation/trips, may provide transportation for COVID-19 vaccines. Please contact the grantees below in your area for more information.

Grantees

Programs with an asterisk(*) may be available up until June 30, 2021, pending funding. All other programs are scheduled to be available until December 31, 2021. Please contact the grantee to verify program availability and eligibility requirements.

Grant Recipient Areas Served Trips and Populations Served Contact Information
Acton, Town of Acton Transportation for residents for trips within 25 miles of Acton, particularly nights and weekends, to supplement CrossTown Connect fixed-route and on-demand transit. Phone: 978-929-6611

Website: www.acton-ma.gov/626/Transportation-Services

African Community Economic Development of New England Greater Boston Transportation for the various East African refugee and immigrant communities scattered throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area. Email: abdulkadir.hussein@acedone.org

Phone: 617-708-0754

Website: www.acedone.org

Arlington Council on Aging Arlington Medical appointments, plus grocery shopping, personal hygiene appointments, social visits, and rides to COA programs/ activities for older adults. Email: mtse@town.arlington.ma.us

Phone: 781-316-3400

Website: www.arlingtonma.gov/coa 

Bay State Community Services Quincy/ Greater South Shore Area Medical and non-medical appointments for behavioral health clients unable to use public transportation due to mental or physical disability, age, or risk factors for contracting COVID-19. Email: info@baystatecs.org

Phone: 617-471-8400

Website: https://baystatecs.org

Belmont Council on Aging Belmont Non-emergency medical transportation for older adults to destinations beyond the service area of the COA's existing transportation program. Phone: 617-993-2989

Website: www.belmont-ma.gov/council-on-aging

Blackstone Valley Education Hub Worcester County Transportation for recently released prison inmates to training facility and job placement. Email: ares.karen@bv-edhub.org

Phone: 508-266-7158

Website: www.bv-edhub.org/home

Boston Public Health Commission Boston Transportation for people experiencing homelessness in shelters, frontline emergency shelter staff, non-emergency medical transportation for those who cannot travel by public transit, and housed clients needing delivery of food or medicine who are unable or not advised to travel. Phone: 617-534-5395

Website: https://www.bphc.org

Bridgewater Council on Aging Bridgewater Groceries, prescriptions, medical & nonmedical trips for older adults including homebound individuals; last mile transportation to the MBTA commuter train; deliveries from food banks, pharmacies, meals, grocery stores or other services for quarantined, at-risk and COVID-19 positive households; delivery from food pantries for food insecure households; transportation to off-campus educational opportunities, grocery stores, and first mile/last mile connections to MBTA for transit isolated Bridgewater State University students and essential workers. Email: seniorcenter@bridgewaterma.org

Phone: 508-697-0929

Website: www.bridgewaterma.org/157/Elder-Affairs

Brookline Council on Aging Brookline Non-emergency medical transportation for hours and locations COA vans cannot serve, including Boston Medical Center, VA Hospital in West Roxbury, Mass General Hospital, and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Email: mfoster@brooklinema.gov

Phone: 617-730-2644

Website: www.brooklinema.gov/248/Senior-Transportation

Cambridge Health Alliance Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Malden, Revere, Chelsea, Medford, Winthrop Transportation vouchers for vulnerable, high risk and undeserved patients in primary service area for medical appointments and to access food. Email: kbetts@challiance.org and jgranick@challiance.org

Phone: 617-806-8792 and 617-806-8775

Website: www.challiance.org/

Cape Ann Transportation Authority Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield Supporting voucher programs managed by local social service agencies and transportation for out of town medical appointments managed by local COAs. Phone:

  • The Open Door: 978-283-6776
  • Action Inc: 978-282-1000
  • Wellspring House: 978-281-3558

Website:

 

Chelsea, City of Chelsea Emergency food distribution system to supply nutrition to sick, vulnerable families afflicted with COVID-19. Email: bcares@chelseama.gov

Phone: 781-300-3016 (Ben Cares Mobile); 617-466-4180

Website: www.chelseama.gov/housing-and-community-development-department

Clinton Council on Aging Clinton Non-emergency medical trips for older adults to out of town locations not served by WRTA and current COA vans. Phone: 978-733-4747

Website: www.clintonma.gov/203/Senior-Center

Cohasset Elder Affairs Cohasset Supplemental transportation for medical and other essential appointments for older adults. Phone: 781-383-9112

Website: www.cohassetma.org/174/Transportation-Services

Concord, Town of (via grant with Town of Sudbury) Concord Transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities, essential workers, and financially and food insecure residents, plus healthcare and social services, food and critical supplies, and essential worker transportation. Email:bwilbur@concordma.gov

Phone: 978-318-3034

Website: https://concordma.gov/946/Social-Services

Dedham, Town of* Dedham Meal deliveries, prescription deliveries, non-emergency medical trips, grocery or other essential shopping. Phone: 781-326-1650

Website: www.dedham-ma.gov/departments/council-on-aging

Egremont, Town of Egremont, Alford, Mt. Washington Non-emergency medical (out of town) and other trips for older adults, including people living alone, veterans, the homebound and disabled to replace suspended Southern Berkshire Elder Transportation Commission transit. Phone: 413-528-0182 ext. 16

Website: www.egremont-ma.gov/coa.html

Framingham, City of Framingham Emergency food and toiletries to residents in isolation, quarantine, homebound/disabled. Phone: 508-532-5400

Website: www.framinghamma.gov/3023/Access-Food

Franklin Regional Transit Authority Franklin County Transportation to/from employers in Franklin County and North Quabbin region; specifically targeting 2nd and 3rd shift jobs outside of FRTA typical services hours. Email: michael@frta.org

Phone: 413-774-2262 ext. 105

Website: http://frta.org/

Fuente De Vida Adult Day Care Services, LLC Boston (Hyde Park) Transportation to/from facility for persons 18 years of age or older who have physical, cognitive, or behavioral health impairments. Phone: 617-333-0050

Website: http://fdvboston.com

Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority Attleboro, Bellingham, Berkley, Carver, Dighton, Duxbury, Foxborough, Franklin, Hanover, Kingston, Lakeville, Marshfield, Mansfield, Medway, Middleborough, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Pembroke, Plainville, Plymouth, Raynham, Rehoboth, Scituate, Seekonk, Taunton, Wareham, Wrentham Long distance transportation to Boston hospitals and Veterans hospitals located outside GATRA area, and for basic essential and urgent needs where GATRA services have been reduced. Phone: 800-483-2500

Website: www.gatra.org

Health and Social Services Consortium, Inc (HESSCO) Canton, Dedham, Foxborough, Medfield, Millis, Norfolk, Norwood, Plainville, Sharon, Walpole, Westwood, Wrentham Transportation for individuals over age 60, family caregivers, and individuals living with disability under age 60 who cannot be served by Councils on Aging and transit for non-emergency medical trips. Phone: 781-784-4944

Website: https://hessco.org

Helping Our Women Inc. Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown Non-emergency medical transportation for women with chronic health conditions living in the Outer Cape towns. Phone: 508-487-4357 ext. 3

Website: https://helpingourwomen.org/

Holliston Council on Aging Holliston Transportation for older adults for non-emergency medical and other essential trips to supplement COA van service. Phone: 508-429-0622

Website: www.townofholliston.us/senior-center/pages/transportation

Hopkinton Council on Aging Hopkinton Non-emergency medical and rides for essential shopping trips for older adults, veterans and homebound individuals due to medical issues or disability, including medical trips to Boston. Phone: 508-439-7330

Website: www.hopkintonma.gov/departments/senior_center/transportation.php

Hull Council on Aging Hull Non-emergency medical, grocery, pharmacy and other essential trips for older adults and persons with disabilities. Phone: 781-925-1239

Website: www.town.hull.ma.us/council-aging

The Julie Fund Inc. Boston area (within 70 miles of Mass General Hospital) Transportation for women to/from cancer treatments. Phone: 512-968-2506

Website: https://juliefund.org

La Bella Vida Adult Day Health Services, LLC Dartmouth Transportation to/from facility for persons 18 years of age or older who have physical, cognitive, or behavioral health impairments. Phone: 774-202-1065

Website: http://lbvsouthcoast.squarespace.com

Lexington, Town of Lexington Non-emergency medical rides and workforce or other trips when LexPress transit or other options are not available. Phone: 781-698-4820

Website: www.lexingtonma.gov/transportation-services

Marlborough, City of* Marlborough Meal deliveries, grocery or other essential shopping trips for older adults and veterans. Phone: 508-229-2010

Website: https://marlboroughedc.com

Mass211, Inc Berkshire County Transportation to food pantry/meal programs, non-emergency medical trips not covered by others, non-emergency mental health appointments, job interviews, emergency childcare, the RMV, or court appearances (including housing court) in Berkshire County. Phone: 2-1-1

Website: https://mass211.org

Maynard, Town of (via grant with Town of Sudbury) Maynard Transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities, essential workers, and financially and food insecure residents, plus healthcare and social services, food and critical supplies, and essential worker transportation. Email: aloveless@townofmaynard.net

Phone: 978-897-1009

Website: www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/gov/departments/council-on-aging

Medford Council on Aging Medford Transportation for seniors including non-emergency medical trips, grocery store trips, and food delivery. Email: Pkelly@medford-ma.gov

Phone: 781-396-6010

Website: www.medfordma.org/departments/council-on-aging

Methuen, City of Methuen Food pantry deliveries, medical/hospital appointments, grocery, drug stores, and trips to/from public transit stations in Lawrence for older adults, persons with disabilities, veterans, and low-income households. Email: MethuenCaresPrograms@gmail.com

Phone: 978-566-1030

Website: www.cityofmethuen.net

Merrimack Valley RTA* in partnership with the Haverhill Transportation Alliance Haverhill region Transportation needs of the homeless, non-emergency medical trips, grocery or other essential shopping trips, workforce transportation for essential workers. Phone: 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, Weston Meal deliveries, food pantry deliveries, delivery of prescription drugs, transportation needs of the homeless, non-emergency medical transportation, grocery or other essential shopping trips, workforce trips for essential workers. Phone: 508-935-2222 ext. 7115 or 508-872-4853

Website:

Mystic Valley Elder Services Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winthrop Grocery shopping and medical transportation for older adults and adults living with disabilities isolated in their communities. Phone: 781-324-7705

Website: www.mves.org/services/transportation

Natick Council on Aging* Natick Non-emergency medical trips for older adults, veterans, homebound individuals, persons with disabilities. Phone: 508-647-6540

Website: www.natickma.gov/626/Council-on-Aging-Human-Services

Needham Council on Aging* Needham Non-emergency medical trips, grocery or other essential shopping and workforce trips for older adults, veterans, homebound individuals, persons with disabilities and essential workers. Phone: 781-455-7555

Website: www.needhamma.gov/519/Council-on-Aging

Northampton Council on Aging* Northampton Non-emergency medical trips for older adults. Phone: 413-584-7979

Website: https://northamptonma.gov/2055/Senior-Services

Old Colony YMCA Brockton Transportation for children experiencing homelessness from housing sites to remote learning site and to licensed daycares, and non-emergency medical transportation for families experiencing homelessness. Phone: 508-897-1224

Website: www.oldcolonyymca.org/locations/social-services

Open Sky Community Services Douglas Rides from Oasis residential program in Douglas to substance abuse disorder treatments centers in Worcester and Webster. Email: remke.remmelts@openskycs.org

Phone: 508-476-7374

Website: www.openskycs.org/services/oasis.html

People Acting in Community Endeavors Inc. (PACE) New Bedford and surrounding towns Deliver grocery bags prepared by PACE to its food pantry clients in New Bedford and surrounding towns. Phone: 508-999-9920

Website: https://paceinfo.org/programs-2/emergency-food-bank/

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority* in cooperation with Mercy Medical Center, MHA, Northampton Survival Center Northampton, Amherst, Greenfield, Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee Meal deliveries, food pantry deliveries to food banks, delivery of prescription drugs, transportation needs of the homeless, non-emergency medical trips, grocery or other essential shopping trips for homeless persons, older adults, veterans, homebound individuals, persons with disabilities, and workforce trips for essential workers. Phone:

  • Mercy Medical Center: 413-748-9000
  • MHA, Inc: 413-734-5376
  • Northampton Survival Center: 413-586-6564
  • PVTA: 413-732-6248 ext. 2242

Website: www.pvta.com

Revere, City of Revere Food pantry deliveries, shopping, voting, non-emergency medical trips, workforce development training offered outside Revere and not reachable by transit for older adults, veterans, residents with disabilities, and COVID-19 positive residents. Phone: 781-286-8311

Website: www.revere.org/departments/public-health-division/coronavirus

Sherborn Council on Aging Sherborn Medical and grocery trips, personal grooming appointments, rides to church, small meetings for older adults. Email: coadirector@sherbornma.org and coaprograms@sherbornma.org

Phone: 508-651-7858

Website: www.sherbornma.org/council-aging

Shirley Council on Aging Shirley Supplemental transportation for medical appointments outside geographical area or not during normal service hours. Phone: 978-425-1390

Website: www.shirley-ma.gov/council-aging

Shrewsbury Council on Aging Shrewsbury Supplemental transportation for COA van service (for older adults/persons with disabilities) reduced due to COVID restrictions; as well as trips outside of COA van service hours. Phone: 508-841-8642
Website: https://shrewsburyma.gov/609/Transportation
Somerville, City of Somerville Transportation for older adults and persons with disabilities for grocery shopping, food pantry, pharmacies, and non-emergency medical trips; deliveries of food boxes, protective equipment and prescription medications to homebound, immunocompromised, and vulnerable older adults. Phone: 617-625-6600 ext. 2319

Website: www.somervillema.gov

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services Somerville, Cambridge Transportation for older adults and persons with disabilities for non-emergency medical (including vaccination appointments), to meal sites, grocery deliveries, transportation for home health aides to shop for clients, prescription drug pick-up, and transportation for social workers to see clients at home. Email: colleen.morrissey@eldercare.org

Phone: 617-628-2601 x3152

Website: https://eldercare.org/

Springwell Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston Transportation for individuals age 60 and older for both medical and non-medical purposes. Phone: 617-926-4100
Website: https://springwell.com/resource/springwells-transportation-overview
Stow, Town of
(via grant with Town of Sudbury)
Stow Transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities, essential workers, and financially and food insecure residents, plus healthcare and social services, food and critical supplies, and essential worker transportation. Email: planning@stow-ma.gov

Phone: 978-897-5098

Website: www.stow-ma.gov/planning-board

Sudbury, Town of (in coordination with towns of Concord, Maynard, Stow) Sudbury Transportation for older adults, persons with disabilities, essential workers, and financially and food insecure residents, plus healthcare and social services, food and critical supplies, and essential worker transportation. Phone: 978-443-3055

Website: https://sudbury.ma.us/transportation/go-sudbury-taxi-rides-program/

Tri-Valley Inc. Bellingham, Blackstone, Brookfield, Charlton, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Franklin, Hopedale, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millville, Northbridge, North Brookfield, Oxford, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Warren, Webster, West Brookfield Medical and non-medical transportation for older adults and persons with disabilities. Phone: 508-949-6640
Website: www.trivalleyinc.org
Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Berkshire County, Hampden County, Hampshire County Non-emergency medical transportation in the Berkshires as well as to/from Boston and Springfield for those without personal transportation. Phone: 413-528-4014

Website: https://vimberkshires.org

Wayland Council on Aging Wayland Transportation for older adults for non-emergency medical trips, essential shopping, prescriptions, food pantry visits, food/meal delivery, visits to family in hospitals, rehab, or hospice, appointments at the COA for information referral, tax preparation, counseling, legal appointments, or social/educational events. Phone: 508-358-2990

Website: https://waylandcoa.org

Weston, Town of Weston Non-emergency medical transportation for residents 60+ and adult disabled residents within Weston and to destinations in Waltham, Wellesley, Wayland, Roslindale, Chestnut Hill, Newton, Natick and Framingham; plus trips to prescriptions, groceries and other transportation needs. Phone: 781-786-6280

Website: www.weston.org/197/Council-on-Aging

Worcester RTA* Auburn, Northborough, Boylston, West Boylston, Westborough, Leicester, Oxford Non-emergency medical trips, grocery or other essential shopping for older adults, veterans, persons with disabilities, essential workers; workforce trips for essential workers. Phone: 508-752-9283 or 508-791-9782

Website: www.wrtaparatransit.com

Summer 2020:
Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery and Hackney Partnership Grant Program Awards

MAPC and MassDevelopment awarded 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 could 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.