Maine awards grants to support innovative workforce transportation
Governor Janet Mills has announced that almost $1 million in grants has been allocated from the Maine Jobs & Recovery…
Service: Taxi-Based Employment Program
Provider Organization: Franklin Regional Transit Authority
Funders: Department of Labor grant, Franklin County Workforce Investment Board
Other partners: Franklin County Workforce Investment Board
Description: In April 2021, the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA), which provides transportation in 41 communities in rural Western Massachusetts and fixed-route services in the small city of Greenfield, added a new pilot to expand mobility for workers needing to commute to late night and early morning shifts. In partnership with the local Workforce Board, FRTA received a grant to fund taxi rides for workers needing to get to second and third shift jobs during hours when public transit was not operating. In addition to getting a ride to work, participants could also stop at a childcare facility if they needed to drop off or pick up their children on the way.
FRTA’s Advisory Board met in May 2022 to discuss the future of the program. FRTA is exploring options for funding and looking at different options for operating the program.
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