The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the public transportation sector particularly hard. HBSS is committed to helping our partners and neighbors get through this pandemic as safely as possible. We are proud to announce the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has awarded three of our partner organizations with Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grants.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will receive funding to develop a contactless payment system with QRyde that will allow riders to pay for trips using the Internet or a mobile app, enhancing safety, improving the rider experience and encouraging regional coordination to make transit more accessible to all Georgians during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The Montachusett Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts will receive funding to implement a multi-provider, integrated, app-based electronic system for booking and paying for on-demand paratransit through QRyde. The QRyde system will help institutions such as healthcare providers and employers to improve managed transportation and reduce dependence on call centers, dispatch and billing.