Business With BRTA

October 24, 2014

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is seeking qualified organizations to provide curb to curb transportation to and from specified locations for participating consumers throughout the Berkshire County area. BRTA is one of six Human Services Transportation (HST) Brokers contracting with qualified transportation providers for services within a specified geographic area. Selected transportation providers must deliver safe, professional, and on time transportation services with dignity and respect for HST customers. Transportation solicited through this RFP is provided via the HST "program-based" model only.

Interested parties may obtain a copy of RFP 2015-04 "Direct Transportation Services for BRTA's Human Service Transportation Brokerage Program" by contacting the BRTA at

To ensure confidentiality of consumer specific information, proposers must appear in person at the BRTA Administrative office between 9:00 AM and 4:00 P M with a government issued photo ID to pick up the specific route or travel information for the Department of Developmental Services and MassHealth funded Day Habilitation program-based portion of this solicitation. Interested proposers must designate a senior level manager or supervisor who is authorized to pick up the data package(s) and submit a signed Confidentiality Agreement and Signature Verification Form (both found in Appendix III of the documents) prior to receipt of a data package.

Responses to this RFP must be received at the BRTA before 1PM on November 26, 2014. Contracts awarded for this transportation will be for 5 years beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2020.

Gary Shepard

July 25, 2014

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is looking to procure services to design and implement an innovative Transit Asset Management (TAM) system with associated management consulting, data collection, system integration, and professional services. Due to the pending MAP 21 TAM requirements and specific reporting requirements, BRTA is searching for firms willing and capable of working closely with the BRTA Administrator, management, and third party service providers. BRTA is requesting vendors to describe their approach, services, software, and support services that meet the intent and/or future requirements of MAP 21 TAM and State of Good Repair requirements.

The major objective to be met by this solicitation is to define the requested consulting services that will best meet BRTA's needs in developing a Transit Asset Management Plan (TAMP). While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information in this RFP, BRTA recognizes that the information is not exhaustive in every detail and that all work and materials may not be expressly mentioned in the requirements of the RFP. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the Contractor to include in their proposal all management consulting services, data collection, assessment services, and software and hardware requirements, which are manifestly necessary for the full and faithful performance of the system requirements in accordance with the objectives of BRTA. The system offered shall be complete in every respect inclusive of all design, components, and recommendations for auxiliary equipment, and required maintenance or licensing, etc.

The BRTA oversees and coordinates fixed-route and paratransit transportation services within the twenty-four member cities and towns of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. Fixed route bus service is provided in twelve communities and specialized transportation provided in eighteen communities. One of the eight original regional transit authorities (RTAs) created by state statute (MGL Section 161B) in 1974, currently fifteen RTAs are responsible for administering public transportation services throughout much of Massachusetts, outside of the Boston metropolitan area.

The BRTA serves a population of approximately 131,000 (2010 Census). The BRTA staff includes ten administrative personnel. Approximately 140 people are employed by private providers of BRTA supported services. BRTA has an operations and maintenance facility located at 67 Downing Parkway in Pittsfield. The Authority's administrative offices are in the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) complex located at One Columbus Avenue in downtown Pittsfield.

Interested parties may obtain a copy of RFP 2015-02 by contacting the BRTA at
The completed Acknowledgement of Receipt Form must be received at BRTA prior to August 17, 2014 to receive the addendum containing vendor list, written questions and answers, and any schedule modifications.

Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Administrative Office no later than 10 AM on August 29, 2014.

July 23, 2014

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is seeking proposals from qualified advertising firms to act as exclusive agent for the sale of transit advertising in and on buses, vans, shelters and facilities owned or operated by BRTA. The agent will sell, produce, install and maintain display sign advertising space. In return, the agent will pay BRTA a percentage of its gross operating revenue. The agent will expand upon an operational cross platform solution deck for advertising opportunities via electronic media.

The contracting period between the BRTA and the selected Proposer will be September 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 and may by mutual agreement of both parties be renewed in one-year increments for up to two (2) additional years.

Interested parties may obtain a copy of the reissued RFP 2015-03 by contacting the BRTA at
The completed Acknowledgement of Receipt Form must be received at BRTA prior to August 14, 2014 to receive the addendum containing vendor list, written questions and answers, and any schedule modifications.

Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Administrative Office no later than 11 AM on August 25, 2014.

July 9, 2014
One-Call One-Click Veterans Call Center Renovate and Furnish

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from Commercial Contractors to renovate an existing space into a One-Call One-Click Veterans' Call Center (The Center) to serve the veteran population of the service area, to improve the operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and security of its transit services. The Proposers are to be an established Commercial Construction Company with 10 or more years of service, experienced in: mechanical (Fire Protection and HVAC), electrical (Power Distribution, Lighting, Fire Alarm, Access Control), and communications. The successful Proposer will be responsible for all necessary permits and certifications, and will ensure all Federal, State and Local laws and regulations are followed.

The Center will be housed within the 577 square foot, first floor room (currently a student art gallery) of the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) located at One Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. Renovating the space will be according to the layout and specifications contained in Appendix A of the RFP document. The Contractor will be responsible for furnishing The Center with modular furniture and a security system detailed in Appendix A.

BRTA operates the ITC, which connects local bus and taxi services, intercity rail and bus services, with pedestrian access to the central business district. Fixed route service is provided by fifteen bus routes in 12 communities from Williamstown to Great Barrington, Monday through Saturday. Paratransit services are provided using 15 BRTA owned vehicles to eligible persons from the BRTA's member communities for ambulatory, non-ambulatory, or complementary ADA and Non-ADA paratransit service. The BRTA was created in 1974 by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 161B to provide oversight and coordination of public transportation within Berkshire County.

The Request for Proposals RFP 2015-01 is available on July 9, 2014. To request a copy of the RFP package, please contact the BRTA

Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Administrative Office no later than 10:00 AM on August 6, 2014. A mandatory pre-proposal site visit of the BRTA Intermodal Transportation Center, One Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201 will be held at 10 AM on July 21, 2014.

To view a copy of the BRTA's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise policy statement. (PDF)

To view a copy of the BRTA's Title VI program. (PDF)

To view a copy of the BRTA's Limited English Proficiency Plan. (PDF)

Parties interested in advertising on the BRTA's fixed route vehicles, please click on the link below:

Transit Advertising on BRTA Buses (PDF)