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FRTA, Opioid Task Force get $150K federal grant

  • An FRTA bus at Olver Transit Center. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Thursday, June 08, 2017

The Franklin Regional Transit Authority received a $150,000 federal, one-year grant that they will be implementing with the Opioid Task Force to help those battling with opioid addiction, FTRA Administrator Tina Cote said.

The two groups, she said, are still in the early planning stages of how to effectively use the grant.

The task force is forming a special group to focus on implementation efforts.

The grant, formerly known as the New Freedom Program out of the Federal Transit Administration, will help pay operating costs to help get people fighting addiction where they need to go.

FRTA already has purchased a vehicle to use for this transportation.

Cote hopes this program will also help make its ridership more comfortable with the FRTA and its public bus routes.

The transit authority is currently in the process of rolling out revised bus routes and is working on creating a system of bus stops to formalize where people can access its transportation.

The program will likely service Greenfield and Montague, Cote said, although she hopes it can reach to West County and Orange.

She emphasized that it’s still in its early planning stages. The early goal to roll out the program is Fall 2017, Cote said.