Greater Lynn Senior Services has been awarded a long-term contract to operate The Ride, a transportation service for the disabled, in 27 communities north of Boston.
GLSS will provide the service in Salem, Peabody, Beverly, Danvers, Swampscott, Marblehead, Middleton, Topsfield and other North Shore communities.
The MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation awarded GLSS a five-year, $199-million contract, with an MBTA option for two additional years at $88 million. The agency was chosen over three competitors.
GLSS has been operating The Ride in the North Region since 1993.
“Without The Ride, many on the North Shore would not be able to work, visit with family, frequent businesses or live independently,” Mary Margaret Moore, executive director of the Salem-based Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, said in a statement.
“GLSS has been a reliable and courteous provider and we are excited at the prospect of these critical para-transit services remaining with GLSS.”
GLSS also serves seniors in Lynn, Lynnfield, Nahant, Saugus and Swampscott.