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Archives for February 2009

02/09 – Federal Stimulus Package Could Benefit GATRA

Taunton – The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) announced today that it could receive significant capital funds through the Federal Economic Stimulus bill once it has been passed. The House version of the Economic Stimulus bill allows for a significant increase in funding to public transit nationwide. The Senate version also has similar provisions which will mean transit systems will enjoy new funding to undertake capital projects. This will potentially allow GATRA to buy new transit buses as well as smaller buses for its demand response fleet and to undertake several capital projects in the Cities of Attleboro and Taunton.

Once the final version of the bill is signed by the President, the Federal Economic Stimulus funds will allow GATRA to move ahead on projects that are ready to be undertaken quickly in order to begin putting people back to work. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will administer the federal funds to the transit agencies. FTA has committed to getting the money out quickly once the President signs the Economic Stimulus bill into law.

GATRA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of 15 Regional Transit Authorities in the state with an operating budget of more than $22 million. GATRA’s management companies operate more than 90 vehicles providing over 775,000 customer rides in 26 communities.

Public Transit Funding in Serious Peril

Taunton – The proposed fiscal year 2010 budget released by Governor Deval Patrick has severely cut back on the Administration’s commitment to provide for local public transportation services. This proposed budget only provides for 49 million dollars of the 64 million dollars needed to fund the 15 regional transit authorities operating regular bus and demand response service throughout the Commonwealth. The Regional Transit Authorities are the only remaining reimbursable line item left in the state budget and this proposed budget is actually paying for services that are operating now. “Due to the fact that we are already eight months into our fiscal year drastic cuts in service will need to be made in order to make up for this reduction in funding,” noted GATRA Administrator Francis Gay.

GATRA’s Advisory Board will be meeting in late February to discuss the current budget implications and to devise a plan moving forward. In the meantime the GATRA Administrator is asking residents throughout the GATRA region to contact their local Representatives and Senators to ask them to adequately fund public transportation services in the region when devising the House and Senate versions of the budget. If the proposed budget number stays anywhere near what the Governor has recommended there will be significant deficits for all the Regional Transit Authorities statewide.

GATRA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of 15 Regional Transit Authorities in the state with an operating budget of more than $22 million. GATRA’s management companies operate more than 90 vehicles providing over 775,000 customer rides in 26 communities.

SAIL Offers FREE Rides to Students

For More Information Contact: Francis J. Gay, Administrator
508.823.8828 x. 220 E-Mail: fgay@gatra.org

Free Rides for Area Students

Taunton – With school vacation week beginning February 16, 2009, parents who work and students who want and need to get around can breathe a sigh of relief thanks to GATRA. The public transit service, which began operation to Duxbury, Kingston, Marshfield in December has seen steady growth in ridership in just two months. “We’ve been very pleased with the steady growth in riders for our SAIL (Seaside Area Intertown Link) service,” said Francis J. Gay, GATRA administrator.

“Offering free rides during the February vacation is a great opportunity for us to expose younger riders to the many benefits of public transit while giving parents some peace of mind that their children are being transported comfortably and safely,” added Mr. Gay.

The free rides are available to all students in Duxbury, Kingston, Marshfield and Plymouth from Monday, February 16 – Saturday, February 21, 2009. For schedules and information on the Plymouth Area Link and SAIL systems, visit GATRA’s website at www.gatra.org or call 508.732.6010. GATRA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of 15 Regional Transit Authorities in the state with an operating budget of more than
$22 million. GATRA’s management companies operate more than 90 vehicles providing over 650,000 customer rides in 26 communities.