Acton residents and transit riders, please attend Town Meeting this Monday, April 6th beginning at 7:00 p.m. to voice support for a fixed route shuttle service in your community. Article 10 provides for the establishment of a Transportation Enterprise Fund in order to finance all existing transportation services as well as a new fixed route service. This service will increase mobility and choices in transportation for all Acton residents including the elderly, disabled, and those without vehicles. The shuttle will also expand economic development opportunities by providing access to jobs, shopping, entertainment, and connections to broader regional transportation options such as the Commuter Rail and Yankee Bus Line.
Proposed Article 10 reads as follows:
Transportation Enterprise Fund (Majority vote)
To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Chapter 44, Section 53F½ of the General Laws to establish a Transportation Enterprise Fund for transportation purposes, to be effective on July 1, 2015, and further to see if the Town will raise and appropriate, or appropriate from available funds a sum of money for such transportation purposes, or take any other action relative thereto.
This is the sixth year of the transportation program that has previously been funded through Article appropriations at Annual Town Meetings since 2009. This Article will establish a Transportation Enterprise Fund from which all transportation programs will operate. The Council on Aging Van which was formerly funded from a separate Council on Aging Van Enterprise Fund will now be operated and funded from the Transportation Enterprise Fund. Also included in this fund are the MinuteVan transportation services; the Dial-A-Ride (General Population), Rail Shuttle (Commuters), and the Road Runner service (Seniors and People with Disabilities). In addition, a fixed route business/customer/employee service will be launched this year. This service will have hourly runs with stops along Great Road, Kelley’s Corner, West Acton Center and South Acton Center. All of these programs run Monday through Friday and are dedicated to meet the needs of commuters, local travelers, seniors and people with disabilities. Matching funds for portions of the programs are received from the Lowell Regional Transportation Association and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Funds from the Commuter Parking lot fund are also dedicated to the Rail Shuttle service."
If you require transportation to Town Meeting the MinuteVan Dial-A-Ride will be providing free rides to and from the Acton-Boxborough High School. The MinuteVan will have a driver covering the hours from 6:15 PM to 10:30 PM for each of three nights of Town Meeting. The Dial-A-Ride dispatch service will be open until 4:00 PM on the day of each meeting. Rides can be booked with the MinuteVan dispatcher at (978) 844-6809 or on-line at www.minutevan.net. The service will run even if there are no reservations, as we will take walk-ons from Town Meeting that want a trip home. There will be no charge to passengers for any of these Town Meeting trips. When the van is not in use between 6:15 PM to 10:30 PM, it will be parked in the Acton-Boxborough High School parking lot where Town Meeting is being held. The driver will be waiting in the van for anyone that would like a ride home.
Your attendance, participation and support will be important. Please speak up for better transportation options in Acton!
Executive Director, CrossTown Connect