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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.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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