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New volunteer driver program facilitates civic engagement
North Shore gathers stakeholders to strengthen mobility
Use Google Transit to plan your bus and subway trips
New transportation legislation takes effect
Ways2Go seeks travel trainer
From the desk of the MassDOT Statewide Mobility Manager
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This August 2013 issue of the MassMobility newsletter contains news of interest to anyone who is interested in community transportation, human service transportation coordination, or mobility management in Massachusetts.


We hope you are having a good summer! If you have any good transportation stories or if you have tried out a new form of community transportation as part of your summer travels, we invite you to contact us to share your story. You can even submit a guest article if you would like.  

MassMobility is compiled by the Human Service Transportation (HST) Office of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), as part of our federally funded grant to develop a Mobility Management Information Network across Massachusetts.

New volunteer driver program facilitates civic engagement  

Most volunteer driver programs focus on providing transportation to medical appointments. Programs like TRIP Metro North, which reimburse drivers for any trip purpose, are unusual. However, a new volunteer driver program from Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong (MASS) focuses on providing trips that support consumers in becoming more active in civic and community engagement. Under a New Freedom grant, MASS is working to launch a program that will match riders with intellectual and developmental disabilities to volunteer drivers who will support and accompany them to public meetings such as human rights meetings, citizen advisory boards, and self-advocacy meetings. For more information about this program - or to learn how to volunteer or enroll - contact John Dale at (617) 624-7713 or

North Shore gathers stakeholders to strengthen mobility

On August 6, human service agency staff, workforce development professionals, and transportation advocates from around the North Shore convened in Beverly for a day-long symposium on the importance of increasing mobility options to meet the needs of all community members - not just those who can drive their own cars. Keynote speaker Mark Fenton emphasized the connections between mobility and health across the lifespan, noting that livable communities encourage physical activity among youth while also enabling seniors to be active in community life and avoid isolation. Throughout the day, a panel presentation and small group discussions offered participants opportunities to expand on the themes of mobility, accessibility, and inclusive communities. The group considered how town and city planners can help foster livable communities, as well as the role technology can play in expanding mobility.


The event was sponsored by Greater Lynn Senior Services and the North Shore Career Center, both of which are members of the Aging and Disability Resource Consortium of the Greater North Shore. As the day wound down, the sponsoring organizations invited participants to think about how they would like to remain involved in efforts to collaborate in the North Shore around continuing the important work of strengthening mobility for all residents.

Use Google Transit to plan your Massachusetts bus and subway trips  

MassDOT announced in July that all Regional Transit Authority (RTA) fixed route services, as well as MBTA routes, are now available through Google Transit. Google Transit is a trip planning tool. Users enter their starting point and their destination, and Google Transit suggests bus, subway, and train routes between the two points. MassRIDES partnered with Bridgewater State University to help RTAs that had not already entered their data into Google Transit to format and upload their route data. Visit to get directions on how to use bus and subway networks to travel within and among Massachusetts cities and towns, or visit and click the bus icon under "Get Directions."

New transportation legislation takes effect in Massachusetts 

In July, the Legislature overrode a veto from Governor Patrick to pass transportation financing reform. This law dedicates new tax revenues on the sale of gasoline and cigarettes and on computer software services to provide additional funding to transportation. In addition, the law requires Regional Transit Authorities to develop comprehensive regional transit plans in partnership with stakeholders such as the local Regional Planning Agency, MassDOT, employers, labor, and riders. The law also caps the MBTA from raising fares more than once every two years at a rate of five percent annually. The full text of the law is available online.

Ways2Go seeks travel trainer in Greater Boston area 

After launching their travel training program earlier this summer, Ways2Go is expanding. If you or someone you know is interested in a part-time position helping people with disabilities, seniors, and others learn how to ride the MBTA bus and subway systems independently, check out this job posting.

From the desk of the MassDOT Statewide Mobility Manager 

In July, MassDOT posted a new webpage for its Statewide Mobility Management initiative. This webpage includes information about the Statewide Coordinating Council on Community Transportation, as well as regular posts by Statewide Mobility Manager Aniko Laszlo.

In her August post, Laszlo writes about the recent Strengthening Mobility symposium: "Congratulations to members of the North Shore on the Move Mobility Team...for organizing a successful symposium on how to design and build more accessible, inclusive, healthy and livable communities."

To read more, visit the From the Desk of the Statewide Mobility Manager feature on the MassDOT website.
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