The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Community Transit Grant Program is an annual competitive grant application process administered by the Rail & Transit Division (RTD) of MassDOT. The application process occurs every February, which consists of a one-month open application process and six applicant training sessions held at the beginning of the application process. Applicants that are selected for awards are usually notified around the first week of April.
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial assistance to states through a number of programs to develop new transit systems and improve, maintain, and operate existing systems. The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has designated the MassDOT as the agency of authority and responsibility for administering assistance received in Massachusetts through Title 49 USC Sections 5310, 5311, and 5339 (Small-Urban & Statewide portions only) funding programs.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through RTD within MassDOT, provides financial assistance to eligible organizations through several programs to provide a state financial match to federally funded capital, operating, and planning projects. RTD distributes financial assistance through the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) to provide transportation services to elderly persons and persons with disabilities as defined in Chapter 637 Sec. 13 of the Acts of 1983.