In 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed Executive Order 530
to establish a Commission for the Reform of Community, Social Service and Paratransit Transportation Services. The Commission was charged to develop detailed recommendations for reform and introduce efficiencies in the provision of community and demand-response transportation services in the Commonwealth.
In 2012, the Commission, co-chaired by the Secretaries of MassDOT and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) - published its Final Report
with specific recommendations for organizational reform that would structurally address coordination and efficiency.The overarching policy recommendation was to create an advisory council called Statewide Coordinating Council on Community Transportation (SCCCT) to develop a strategic and operating plan and establish priorities in the implementation of recommendations of the Commission via the facilitation of all community transportation services, activities and funding.
SCCCT members will meet at least quarterly, generate meeting summaries and reports, develop a 2-year plan for implementation of the recommendations, report on the status of implementation, assess ongoing unmet needs in the Commonwealth, and develop an annual report. Staff support to the work of SCCCT is provided by the Statewide Mobility Manager in the MassDOT Transit Division and staff at the EOHHS Human Service Transportation Office.