BOSTON – The Town of Acton has been awarded $75,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) through the agency’s Community Transit Grant Program to increase access to shuttle services for seniors and residents with disabilities in Acton, Boxborough, Littleton, and Maynard.
“Increasing access to shuttle services will allow seniors and people with disabilities in the Acton area to get to appointments, participate in daily activities, and live independently,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “I was happy to work with Representatives Benson, Hogan, and Atkins, and Acton officials to advocate for this funding. We will continue to work together to improve access to reliable transportation services in our communities.”
According to town officials, the grant supports the transportation dispatch services that the Towns of Acton, Boxborough, Littleton & Maynard utilize to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of meeting the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities in those communities. The communities are bound together by Inter-Municipal Agreements within the CrossTown Connect Transportation Management Association. This is the fifth year that Acton has received a grant for dispatch services and these grants have supported a 30 % increase in ridership and an expansion of the service area served.
“Thanks to the leadership and proficiency of CrossTown Connect, seniors and disabled residents in the Acton area will continue to have access to an efficient, reliable shuttle program,” said Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg). “The transportation programs offered in Acton have become a model for other transportation management associations across the state, and I was proud to work with Senator Eldridge, Representative Atkins, and Representative Hogan to advocate for funding to continue and expand these programs.”
“The CrossTown Connect and its dispatch service highlight what we can accomplish when communities work together with state officials out of a shared commitment to boosting equity and fairness in public transportation,” said Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow). “Facilitating critical first and last mile connections, it is a vital driver of regional economic growth and mobility.”
“This grant is wonderful!,” said Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord). “Increasing transportation and accessibility in our community is crucial for public health and safety. Thank you to CrossTown Connect for your hard work and leadership in securing this grant.”
“CrossTown Connect is extremely grateful and thankful to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for their continued support of this successful innovative transportation program,” said Doug Halley, Transportation Coordinator at CrossTown Connect. “Our thankfulness extends to our local legislative partners, Senator Eldridge, Representative Benson, Representative Hogan, and Representative Atkins who have supported this project from its birth 5 years ago.”