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January 3, 2020

Worcester & MetroWest to get $1M to improve public transit

Photo | Grant Welker Traffic passing through I-290 in Worcester

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced Friday $3.5 million in grant awards for regional transit authorities to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers, including $1 million for the Worcester and Metrowest authorities.

The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority received $596,000 for enhanced frequency and Sunday service feasibility study, and a route equity project.
Worcester’s Regional TransitAuthority was awarded $459,430 to study transportation as a service, or TaaS, where there are more users but fewer cars on the road, and to pilot a Westborough shuttle.

MassDOT said RTA funding recipients were selected based on whether projects will increase ridership, demonstrate innovation, serve a priority population, be financially sustainable, and save money or provide efficiencies. Applicants were also requested to have complete business plans and present measurable milestones.

Friday's awards mark the second round of grants provided by the Gov. Charlie Baker Administration for the RTAs to develop innovative services. Previously, $5.1 million in RTA grant awards were provided, including $4 million in operating funding allocated in the 2019 state budget signed by Baker, as well as an additional $1.1 million in capital funding from MassDOT.

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