Draft Amendment 1 of the FFY 2018-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is now available for public review and comment.  The 21-day public comment period runs through November 17, 2017.

The proposed amendment involves the programming of Community Transit Grant awards to the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA) for the following projects:

  • Purchase of One (1) minibus for expanded service: $56,200 Dracut Council on Aging (COA) Type A vehicle (4 passenger van) 
  • Purchase of Twelve (12) replacement minibuses: $776,100
    9 LRTA Roadrunner minibuses
    2 Billerica COA vehicles
    1 Dracut COA vehicle

This proposed amendment will be programmed in the TIP under the FTA Section 5310 grant program category, which provides capital funding for specialized transit services for seniors or persons with disabilities. MassDOT’s Community Transit Grant Program is an annual competitive grant program used to distribute Section 5310 funds.  The federal funding regulations for such projects requires a 20% match, therefore the funding split is 80% Federal/ 20% State. 

Amendment 1 also includes the FFY 2021 year programming of Project #608678, a deck replacement on the Lowell Connector southbound bridge over Industrial Avenue in Lowell.  The total cost for the project is $2,400,000 using National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) funding. The federal share is $1,920,000 (80%) with a State match of $480,000 (20%).

Ways to Comment:

Email: jhoward@nmcog.org

Phone: (978) 454-8021 x121

Mail: Justin Howard, Transportation Program Manager - Northern Middlesex Council of Governments, 40 Church St, Suite 200 Lowell, MA 01852