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Produced by Deborah Harris, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed December 2017

DTA provides $80 a month for transportation to cover some of the costs of getting to and from some DTA-approved activities and the costs of taking children to and from child care so you can participate in the activity. DTA provides transportation assistance to

DTA should make the transportation payment without your having to request it if you verify your participation in an approved activity. You do not have to verify the costs of transportation. DTA will not provide transportation payments if you say you don’t want transportation assistance, say you don’t have any travel costs, or your college forms say that transportation payments are part of your financial aid package.

Transportation payments can be approved for up to one month before an activity starts if you verify that the activity will meet participation requirements. DTA Operations Bulletin 2016-8, Policy Refresher –ESP Eligibility for Transportation) (Dec. 6, 2016).

Advocacy Reminder

  • If you are 25 years old or younger (and not enrolled in middle or high school) you may be eligible for the MBTA’s Youth Pass, which allows you to buy an MBTA bus and subway pass for $30 a month. 
  • If you do not have reliable and affordable transportation to community service, you should have good cause for not meeting the Work Program. See Having a good reason for not meeting work program rules.

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