T notes: FTA gives PVTA $2.4m grant
UMass Lowell pays half-price for commuter rail
THE FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday awarded $366 million in bus infrastructure grants to 107 projects in 50 states, including a $2.4 grant to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority in Massachusetts.
The authority, which serves 24 cities and towns in western Massachusetts, plans to use the money to convert its 110-year-old bus maintenance garage into a facility for paratransit operations and maintenance. The bus operations and maintenance work that had previously taken place in the existing bus facility are being moved to a new location in Springfield.
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is facing an operating deficit this year, and received an extra $2 million from the state to help cover its costs on top of its regular appropriation.
UMass Lowell will pay half-price
“Not unlike the special weekend fare we’ve been piloting [$10 for unlimited travel on weekends], this is another effort to attract customers to trains with plenty of capacity,” T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said in an email. “In the case of the UMass Lowell pilot, the students will be traveling primarily on off-peak trains, which have many seats available. The fares and ridership will be reviewed as part of the pilot evaluation.”