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Free Taxi Service Aims To Boost Employment In Rural Western Massachusetts

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A new program in western Massachusetts can help people who have lost their transportation due to an accident, breakdown, or expensive repair bill, not lose their job also.

Funded by a $150,000 grant, The Franklin Regional Transit Authority has launched a taxi service to get people to late shift jobs in Franklin County and home again when there is no fixed route bus service.

Workforce development officials believe it could also be the ticket to filling numerous job openings in manufacturing and healthcare where many entry-level opportunities are on the second and third shifts. People looking to use the taxi service can contact the FRTA at 413-774-2262.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Andrew Baker, Special Projects Manager with the Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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