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Community Transit Grant Program

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Community Transit Grant Program is the annual competitive grant program to distribute Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities funds, and State Mobility Assistance Program funds. 

The FTA Section 5310 grant program provides funding to assist with mobility management activities, the purchase of capital equipment, and operational costs to meet the mobility needs of seniors (sixty-five years and over) and individuals with disabilities of any age. 

State Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) funds are to assist in the provision of transportation services to seniors and persons with disabilities as defined in Chapter 637 § 13 of the Acts of 1983. MAP funding is exclusively used for the purchase of eligible vehicles, and most often as a State financial match to federally funded capital vehicle purchases. 

Application Training

Prior to the application period, MassDOT hosts a number of mandatory application training sessions across the state. Training sessions will cover program eligibility and requirements, the online application process, application content, and tips for completing a successful application. 

Attendance at one of the training session is mandatory for all applicants. Please RSVP to Alex Cox at or 857-368-9141 by Wednesday May 3rd. 

Western Massachusetts Training Session

Location: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (2nd Floor Conference Room)
60 Congress St
Springfield, MA 01104
Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Transit: PVTA and intercity buses at Springfield Bus Terminal

Southeastern Western Massachusetts Training Session

Location: Coastline Elderly Services
1646 Purchase Street 
New Bedford, MA 02740
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Transit: SRTA routes NB2 and NB4

Northeastern Massachusetts Training Session

Location: Lawrence Public Library (Robert Frost Room)
51 Lawrence Street  
Lawrence, MA 01841
Date: Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Transit: MVRTA buses at Buckley Transportation Center

If you are unable to attend one of the above training sessions, please contact Alex and we will work to make any necessary accommodations.

Application Dates

The application period is scheduled to open on May 15, 2017 and close at 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Applicants must use MassDOT’s online grant application system, GrantsPlus, to submit applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Applicants selected for awards will be notified in early September 2017.

MassDOT Contacts:

Jillian Linnell

Alex Cox   

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