The Natick Council on Aging has been awarded $32,472 in state funding to contract with JFK Transportation to facilitate non-COVID-related non-emergency medical transportation.
Separately, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority, which serves Natick on its bus routes, received $176,842. It will use this award “to contract with Tommy’s Taxi and JFK Transportation to facilitate prescription deliveries, meal deliveries, food pantry deliveries, grocery or other essential shopping trips, non-COVID-related non-emergency medical transportation, transportation needs of the homeless, and workforce transportation for essential workers,” according to a press release issued by MassDevelopment and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Those organizations awarded just over $1 million to 25 cities and towns, municipal agencies, regional transit authorities, and health and human services transportation providers through the Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Partnership Grant Program to support transportation and delivery needs for vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is funded through a portion of MassDevelopment’s allocation from the Commonwealth’s Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund.
MassDevelopment is the state’s finance and development agency, and it works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth.