Although Regional Coordinating Councils are just forming across the Commonwealth, there are already notable community transportation coordination efforts to speak of. Congratulations to the dedicated partners who helped create Cross Town Connect (CTC), the newest Transportation Management Association (TMA) in the Acton area! The CTC just received the Patrick Administration’s Community Innovation Challenge grant the third year in a row. Since 2012, the Community Innovation Challenge initiative invested $10.25 million in 74 unique projects in 242 municipalities in the Commonwealth in areas such as education, public health, information technology, public works and safety, environmental protection and transportation. The grant encourages and incentivizes regionalization of services.
Led by the Town of Acton, this TMA grew out of longstanding transportation coordination activities between seven municipalities, local elder and disability serving agencies, the MAGIC sub-region of the Boston MPO, employers and transportation providers. The CTC is a public-private partnership linking demand-response transportation to the elderly, people with disabilities, youth and the general public with employment transportation. The goal is to meet the needs of residents and commuters by addressing daily local needs trips (shopping or medical appointments), suburb-to-suburb commuting trips across a seven-town area, traditional commuting from the suburbs to Boston and reverse commute from Boston. Cross Town Connect is one of two projects that were recently highlighted in a video presentation by Glen Shor, Secretary of Executive Office of Administration and Finance. The link for the video can be found at the Community Innovation Challenge initiative’s website.