Tommy’s Taxi Receives $50,000 Grant From MassDevelopment

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BOSTON – MassDevelopment awarded 85 grants totaling $4.4 million from the Taxi & Livery Business Support Grant Program to support 104 small businesses operating in the taxi and livery industries and two taxi and livery industry associations, to end 2020.

Framingham’s Tommy’s Taxi were among the grant award recipients.

The first round of the Taxi & Livery Business Support Grant Program offers taxi and livery operators financial assistance to secure products or services that will aid in improving their competitiveness and enhancing safety capabilities in the rapidly evolving market of for-hire transportation. 

The grants will fund expenses including dispatch systems or other equipment, technology-enabled ride-hailing systems, safety enhancements, workforce training programs, and business consultant services, and will help industry associations fund aggregated improvements that will have a collective impact on the taxi and livery industries in Massachusetts.

The Taxi & Livery Business Support Grant Program is funded by MassDevelopment’s allocation from the Commonwealth’s Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund.

“I’m pleased we can target this necessary support for the taxi and livery industries which make up an important component of the Commonwealth’s comprehensive transportation network,” said Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “These grants will support the competitiveness of the taxi and livery industries by helping them make critical adjustments to operate with the health and safety of both their workers and customers in mind.”

Tommy’s Taxi in Framingham received a grant at $50,000.

“We plan to upgrade our dispatch system to a digital system, replace some computers and add more driver training,” said Tommy’s Taxi owner Jo-Anne Thompson to SOURCE media.



“MassDevelopment was tasked with using resources from the Commonwealth’s Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund to help taxi and livery companies improve their competitiveness, and today we’re pleased to meet that mission by awarding close to $4.5 million in grants to small businesses and industry associations,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “These awards will assist taxi and livery operators by equipping them with the tools they need to advance their service, safety, and operational capabilities.”

The Commonwealth’s Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund was created by An Act Regulating Transportation Network Companies, which Governor Baker signed into law in August 2016 and is supported by a 20-cent assessment on every transportation network company ride in Massachusetts. One-quarter of the Fund is being designated to MassDevelopment to provide financial assistance to small businesses operating in the taxicab, livery, or hackney industries.

In August 2020, MassDevelopment announced it is using up to two-thirds of its allotment from the Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund to support the Taxi & Livery Business Support Grant Program, and opened a competitive solicitation for the first round of funding. Small businesses operating in the taxi, livery, and hackney industries could apply for grants of up to $50,000, while taxi and livery industry associations could apply for grants of up to $1 million, and could direct up to $200,000 of such awards toward the purchase of marketing materials that promote the taxi and livery industries. 

The remaining one-third of MassDevelopment’s allotment from the Transportation Infrastructure Enhancement Trust Fund is supporting the Taxi/Livery Partnership Grant Program, launched and administered by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in fall 2020, which is an operational subsidy program enabling municipalities, municipal entities, regional transit authorities, health and human service providers, and applicable nonprofits to expand transportation service capacity through contracts with licensed taxi or livery businesses. In response to COVID-19, in April 2020 MAPC launched an early version of this program, the Urgent COVID-19 Taxicab, Livery, and Hackney Partnership Grant Program, to facilitate urgent transportation and delivery needs for vulnerable populations during the pandemic; in November 2020, MassDevelopment and MAPC awarded $1,003,978 through the program to 25 cities and towns, municipal agencies, regional transit authorities, and health and human services transportation providers.

The following businesses and organizations received funding from the Taxi & Livery Business Support Grant Program:

The Transportation Alliance, Inc., Statewide – $1 million

New England Livery Association, Inc., Statewide – $1 million

Boston Chauffeur Service Inc., Beverly – $50,000 

2H Cab Inc., Boston – $15,105

Addis Ababa Inc., Boston – $15,105

Agaro Taxi Inc., Boston – $15,105

Amanuel Transport Inc., Boston – $10,000

Betty and Matty Cab Inc., Boston – $15,105

Charlbett Cab Inc., Boston – $19,700

Chris and Peter Taxi Inc., Boston – $15,105

DA & MU Cab Inc., Boston – $15,105

Dafin Inc., Boston – $19,700

Delta Cab Inc., Boston – $42,500

Emmanuel’s Limousine Services INC, Boston – $25,000

Flying Carpet Cab, Inc., P. I. Cab Inc., Mona Cab Incorporated, Mobarak Cab Inc., J W Cab Incorporated & Lexington Taxi Inc., Boston – $41,300

G Money Cab, Inc., Jo G Cab, Inc., Ralphy Taxi, Inc. & Warrior Taxi, Inc., Boston – $41,300

Gods Will Trans Inc., Boston – $15,105

Michael JoJo Cab, Inc., Emma Jane Cab, Inc., Joyce Cab, Inc., Loomans Cab, Inc. & Valley Taxi, Inc., Boston – $41,300

M and Sam Inc., Boston – $15,105

M1 Airport livery LLC, Boston – $10,000

Melissa Cab Inc., Boston – $4,686

Meshualekia Inc., Boston – $15,105

Mesi And Solo Inc., Boston – $15,105

MIC-Paul Taxi, Inc., Boston – $2,986

Mirka Inc., Boston – $14,310

New England Coach Services, Inc. (d/b/a LS Group), Boston – $13,148

Next Cab Incorporated, Boston – $16,600

Raneem Trans Inc., Boston – $15,105

Samuel Transportation INC, Boston – $35,714

Selam Corporation, Boston – $15,105

Space Cab Inc., Boston – $42,500

United Private Car Inc., Boston – $50,000

Victorian Taxi, INC, Boston – $12,412

Tee Flow Taxi Corp, Boston – $15,105

Teshet Cab Inc., Boston – $15,105

Tremont Street Taxi Inc., Boston – $15,105

Tudor Cab Inc., Boston – $50,000

Bill’s Taxi Service, Inc., Bridgewater – $50,000

Abyssinia coach Inc., Cambridge – $46,000

Met Boston Limo Inc., Cambridge – $23,920

Prime Limo Services LLC, Cambridge – $37,800

ACC Transportation Group Inc., Canton – $50,000 

Annex Transit LLC, Chelmsford – $50,000

Careplus Medical Transport LLC, Chelmsford – $50,000

Boston Domestic Limo, Chelsea – $20,308

Rollo Limousine Services, Inc., Danvers – $12,564.28

Webb Transportation Services LLC, Danvers – $50,000 

DPV Transportation Inc., Everett – $10,000

Everett Car Service, Inc., Everett – $50,000

The Drivers Transportation, LLC, Fitchburg – $29,500

Tommy’s Taxi, Inc., Framingham – $50,000

Haverhill Taxi LLC, Haverhill – $20,000

Town Livery Inc., Lawrence – $50,000

Joseph’s Transportation, Inc., Medford – $50,000

ASLK Corporation, Melrose – $26,490

Laramee & Calley, Inc. (d/b/a All Points Limousine), Millbury – $50,000

Modern Ride, Inc., Needham – $50,000

Nicholas Transportation, New Bedford – $3,000

Places To Go, LLC, New Bedford – $16,000

Dadoo Cab Inc., Jane Mary Cab Inc. & Charlie Cab Inc., Newton – $50,000

MIR Taxi, Photo Cab, VIT Taxi, Newton – $50,000

LAVB CAB INC, LARA CAB INC & VIKI CAB INC, Newton – $41,300

I&V Cab, MIT Taxi, Tim Taxi, TIVI Cab, Newton – $50,000

Michael’s Limousine Co., Inc., Peabody – $30,400

Roman Limousine, INC, Peabody – $50,000

Total Praise Services LLC, Peabody – $8,530

Special Occasion Limousine & Coach Inc., Plymouth – $3,026

Shore Transit Inc., Quincy – $16,800

Really Robin’s Transportation, Raynham – $45,051

One Transportation Group, LLC, Revere – $35,000

Four Star Limousine Inc., Salisbury – $48,501.25

Limo Dave Inc., Salisbury – $34,970.56

Green Cab Co, Inc. (d/b/a Green and Yellow Cab Companies), Somerville – $50,000

Mt Pleasant Taxi, Inc., Somerville – $24,000

D and P Community Transportation Inc., Taunton – $15,220

Mercedes Cab Company, Inc., Truro – $50,000

Blackstone Valley Livery, LLC, Uxbridge – $17,389

Airport Coach LTD, Waltham – $43,837

C&L Air Limo Inc., Westford – $24,696

Rides By Joanne, LLC, Westford – $20,000

RAZ, INC., Weymouth – $50,000

PJM Executive Car Service, Winthrop – $23,000

Nu-Checker Inc. (d/b/a Red Cab), Worcester – $50,000

Safeway Luxury Transportation, LCC, Worcester – $18,585

Youth On The Move INC, Worcester – $50,000

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2020, MassDevelopment financed or managed 341 projects generating investment of more than $2.69 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are estimated to create or support 10,871 jobs and build or preserve 1,787 housing units.

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