MassDOT has announced it is now accepting applications from Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) for additional funding in Fiscal Year 2019, totaling $4 million, to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers. Continue reading
Thanks to the Healthy Aging Collaborative’s partners at MassMobility, we are pleased to pass on a pair of funding opportunities relative to accessible transit and walkability. Continue reading
Mobility2040 is the long-range transportation planning document for the Central Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization and describes the region’s current transportation system and how that system should be maintained and modified over the next 20 years. Continue reading
MassDOT is asking for comments on its draft Pedestrian Plan, which aims to establish a comprehensive approach for the agency to better operate and maintain the walking infrastructure under its jurisdiction, to make investments in new facilities, and support municipalities in improving walkability. Continue reading
The Friends of the Salem Council on Aging, the City of Salem and its consultant, TransAction Associates, have completed a feasibility study of an intra-city shuttle. The concept of a shuttle is an important action step in the implementation of the City’s landmark Salem For All Ages Action Plan. The study was funded by a Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant that was awarded to the Friends of the Salem Council on Aging. A working group of over twenty stakeholders helped guide the study. Continue reading
With the support of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, UMass-Boston’s Gerontology Institute created a study of transportation options for older adults across Massachusetts, which will serve as a critical tool for aiding communities seeking to become Age- and Dementia Friendly.
This work was done to support the Governor’s Council to Address Aging and specifically a subcommittee of that group charged with bringing recommendations on transportation. Continue reading
The Governor’s Council to Address Aging Issues in Massachusetts established workgroups to focus on several key areas: caregiving, employment, housing, and transportation. The transportation workgroup recognized that to make informed recommendations it needed a thorough understanding of the transportation services available to older people in Massachusetts. The first step was to conduct a scan of transportation services in the state and to learn more about national best practices.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston Gerontology Institute conducted this scan during the spring of 2018 with the financial support of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.
Governor Charlie Baker appointed an 18-member group called the Commission on the Future of Transportation in the Commonwealth charged with advising the Administration on future transportation needs and challenges. Transportation came up as one of the major concerns during listening session conducted by another commission appointed by Baker to address aging in Massachusetts. Continue reading
The following is posted with permission from WalkBoston and written by Gwen Miller who is the Land Use Director and Town Planner for Lenox, MA. This article was featured in WalkBoston’s October 2017 newsletter.
Lenox, in the Berkshires, has just over 5,000 residents. It is largely rural with a small downtown, parks, public art, great restaurants, Tanglewood, and The Mount/Edith Wharton’s Home. In Lenox, you get the small-town vibe but big-city culture. Continue reading