Martha’s Vineyard Transportation Access Program 2021

About the Transportation Access Program:

The Transportation Access Program assists Island residents and families with excessive costs of off-Island travel due to long-term illness and health/mental health needs requiring services not available on the Island.

The Transportation Access Program began in 2016, and since then has helped over 400 Island families with off-Island travel expenses.

2021 Eligibility

All Martha’s Vineyard residents are eligible to apply for up to $750.00 annually in off-island travel assistance to medical/mental health appointments.  Requests over $750.00 will be reviewed on a case by case basis. 

The application requests information regarding other available transportation resources that have been applied for or utilized previously. Please take advantage of travel assistance through your insurance and other sources as this program is a payer of last resort. 

Allowable expenses that qualify under this program include: ferry tickets, bus transportation and hotel accommodations. This is not an inclusive list; if individuals have other unique needs (i.e. payment for a car service) please note that on the application. Travel tickets and cards for upcoming off-island travel are limited to a 3 month in the future time frame. Applications require proof of upcoming appointments.

Applications can be submitted requesting reimbursement for expenses dating back to July 1, 2021. When requesting reimbursement the following is required; documentation of the appointment and receipts for allowable expenses.  

Application Process:

Applications will be processed on a first-come basis. Applicants may be contacted if additional information is needed. Requests for gift cards are typically accommodated within 1 – 3 business days. Requests for reimbursement typically are processed within 20 business days. Applications that involve unique needs not covered by gift cards will be processed on a case by case basis.  

Applications should be completed online via the forms below.

  • You may mail the form to:
    • MVCS – TAP
      111 Edgartown Road
      Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.
  • Applications may also be dropped off at the Island Wide Youth Collaborative – Building D on the Martha’s Vineyard Community Services Campus (111 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs).


For future expenses:

For past expenses (reimbursement):


Questions regarding the application may be directed to 508-693-7900 x 406. Messages left will be returned within two business days. Questions can also be emailed to:

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