BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today awarded a total of $804,967 in grants to support four rural intercity bus carrier routes for one year.

The grants, which are funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), are designed to provide regional connections for rural communities by supporting intercity bus routes serving communities such as Pittsfield, Williamstown, Springfield, Hyannis and Provincetown.

Award recipients were chosen based on projected annual ridership, financial capability, net operating deficit, and the degree to which they address state and federal priorities. The chosen routes add more cross-state trips to connect communities in western Massachusetts and the Boston area, which is a priority in the Regional Bus Network Assessment.

Routes were selected through a competitive process that was informed by MassDOT’s recently completed Regional Bus Network Assessment. Completed in July 2016, that study reviewed existing intercity and commuter bus service, analyzed potential new services, and developed performance metrics.

These companies were awarded grants to fund the following routes:

• True North, Brattleboro, VT-Greenfield-Fitchburg-Worcester-Framingham-Boston, $191,034.
• Peter Pan, Albany, NY-Williamstown-Greenfield-Springfield, $159,389.
• Greyhound, Pittsfield-Springfield-Boston, $184,544.
• Plymouth & Brockton, Hyannis-Provincetown, $270,000.

The grants are one-year contracts that can be renewed pending annual reviews of how well the companies have met goals, including ridership and financial viability.