Quaboag Connector – Synergy Initiative Round 5

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC) received a Synergy Initiative Pilot Grant of $425,000 in 2021 for the Quaboag Connector project, following a Planning Grant of $203,763.  Developed through a Design Thinking process that elicited authentic community involvement, this project reflects community members’ need for a rural transportation system, both fixed-route (shuttle) and demand-response options, for travel to destinations for social determinants of health activities such as healthcare and employment.  The project builds on the existing Quaboag Connector, a demand-response service.  The new fixed-route shuttle will provide same-day service which allows for spontaneity of travel and meeting riders’ same-day travel needs.  In the pilot year, the project will also implement new scheduling software and develop an enhanced call center.

2021 – Pilot Grant$425,000
2020 – Planning Grant$203,763
Total$628,763

Quaboag Connector Logic Model

News
◊ Health foundation awards prestigious grant to rural transportation initiative
MassMobility Newsletter, MA Executive Office of Health & Human Services, February 2020