Transportation plays a critical role in providing access to employment, health care, education, community services, and activities necessary for daily living. One of the challenges our Commonwealth faces is to ensure that current and future mobility needs of all residents and visitors are met in a fiscally responsible manner while supporting other policy goals including environmental sustainability, energy conservation, improved public health and economic development. Although a variety of transportation modes and systems serve diverse local demand throughout Massachusetts, not everybody enjoys the freedoms that personal mobility provides. Many elderly, people with disabilities and individuals with low income do not own or operate an automobile. For some of these riders our current transit system can seem fragmented or difficult to access at times.
In recognition of the fundamental need for coordinating all transportation resources more efficiently and effectively, Governor Patrick signed Executive Order 530
in 2011 to reform and introduce efficiencies into the provision of community and demand-response transportation services in the Commonwealth. Executive Order 530 serves as a blueprint to guide the transportation coordination work lead by MassDOT in collaboration with the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
via the Statewide Coordinating Council on Community Transportation (SCCCT).