Regional Transit Plan

FRTA Regional Transit Plan - Final Report - August 2015

Overview
Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) provides fixed route bus service for 41 communities
throughout Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester Counties. However fixed route service covers only 12 communities (2 of which are not in the FRTA region) Geographically, FRTA covers the largest service area of all regional transit authorities in the state of over 1,100 square miles and provides service to both rural and small urban communities.

FRTA operates a fleet of 43 transit vehicles, seventeen (17), of which are used to provide fixed-route service to the region. Service is provided Monday through Friday between 5:00 AM and 6:30 PM; service does not operate on weekends. FRTA carried 133,019 fixed route passengers during FY 2014.

The State Legislature, in response to requirements of the Transportation Finance Bill passed in 2013, tasked each Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to prepare a
Regional Transit Plan. The purpose of this plan is to:

  • Examine FRTA’s existing service
  • Identify local markets with potential ridership
  • Provide recommendations on ways to improve service operations

The consultant firm of AECOM was selected to prepare this plan with assistance provided by FRTA, MassDOT, and local stakeholders.

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