Senator Baddour Delivers Accessible Van to North Andover Council on Aging
January 6, 2012 - Today, Senator Steve Baddour joined Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority, and officials from the Town of North Andover to deliver an accessible van to the North Andover Council on Aging.
The van was paid for through a joint federal-state program called the Mobility Assistance Program, where the federal government paid 80% of the cost and the state paid 20%. If the state had not paid for 20%, it would have been the responsibility of the Town.
The van will be owned by the MVRTA and leased to the Town for $1 per year. The Council on Aging will operate and maintain the vehicle to transport seniors to and from doctor appointments and local shopping areas.
Mobility Assistance Program
While Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation, Senator Baddour was instrumental in including funding for the Mobility Assistance Program in the Transportation Bond Bill.
The Department of Transportation administers the highly-competive application process to receive MAP funding, and North Andover was selected from a large field of applicants.
For more information about MAP, please visit the MassDOT website here.