The Hilltown Transportation Committee acts as the Regional Coordinating Council for transportation issues and services in our area. The highest identified need in our 2015 study was for transportation services for non-driving seniors - in particular increasing ease of use and availability of bus service to access shopping, medical appointments and for social/recreational opportunities. In addition, we are working on advocating for fixed route services and work to promote ridesharing programs as ‘green commute’ options for our residents.
As part of this initiative, the Hilltown CDC is negotiating to assume operations on July 1, 2017 of the senior bus dedicated to serving Seniors in the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Plainfield & Worthington. Operating the senior bus out of the Hilltown CDC is the first step in moving from planning and advocacy to implementing transportation solutions for Hilltown communities. The bus is owned by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority as a “Demand Response” service where eligible seniors and those with disabilities put in a request, and the dispatcher responds. The program currently is run by the Town of Goshen through its COA, but declining ridership and driver availability led to the Town requesting the CDC’s assistance. The Hilltown CDC is developing a new operating and dispatch plan to relaunch the program this summer.
Our Transportation Partners
- Cooley Dickinson Hospital
- Highland Valley Elder Services
- Hilltown Community Health Center
- Tufts Health Plan
- Hilltown Council on Aging Consortium and the COAs of each town
- Mass Mobility
- Franklin Regional Transit Authority