Budget Amendment ID: FY2022-S3-4


Regional Transit Authority Funding

Ms. Chandler, Mr. Moore, Ms. DiZoglio, Mr. Eldridge, Ms. Rausch, Ms. Comerford, Ms. Gobi, Ms. Moran, Messrs. Timilty, Lesser, Hinds, Cyr, Cronin, Pacheco and Velis moved that the proposed new text be amended in section 2E, in item 1595-6370, by striking out the words “; and provided further, that in the distribution of performance grants under section 41, prioritization shall be given to a regional transit authority whose contract assistance under section 23 of chapter 161B is less than 50 per cent of the net cost of service of the regional transit authority”;

by striking out section 45 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-

Section 45 . Notwithstanding any special or general law to the contrary, for fiscal year 2022, $94,000,000 of the amount transferred in item 1595-6370 of section 2E shall be considered operating assistance and distributed to regional transit authorities; provided, that for fiscal year 2022, $90,500,000 shall be distributed based on fiscal year 2021 distributions, in accordance with the fiscal year 2020 bilateral memorandum of understanding between each regional transit authority and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation; provided further, that each regional transit authority shall receive operating assistance from this item of not less than the amount received in fiscal year 2021; and provided further, that $3,500,000 shall be distributed to each regional transit authority based on the following formula: 60 per cent based on total transit ridership as reported on the most recent certified national transit data base report, 30 per cent based on population of its member communities from the most recent census, and 10 per cent based on service coverage area determined by the total square miles of its member communities. The department may require each regional transit authority to provide data on ridership, customer service and satisfaction, asset management and financial performance, including farebox recovery, and shall compile collected data into a report on the performance of regional transit authorities and each authority’s progress towards meeting the performance metrics established in each memorandum of understanding."