Business With BRTA

February 9, 2015



The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from qualified transportation providers to manage and operate fixed route and paratransit services. The contracting period will be July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018, with an option for the BRTA to extend the contract for one-year, for a maximum of two (2) successive years.

Interested parties should have expertise in: fixed route and paratransit service design, managing deviated service between fixed route and paratransit delivery, fleet maintenance best practices, fleet management planning and procurement, alternatively-fueled vehicles (hybrid & CNG), smart card fare collection systems, ITS transit technologies such as RouteMatch, and customer trip scheduling, survey, compliant management and reporting systems. BRTA is interested in management approaches that realize operational cost-efficiencies and provide additional rider benefits through combined management of fixed route and paratransit operations, into a single primary source of operational oversight. The BRTA will allow proposers to enter into teaming arrangements, in order to best respond to the requirements of the RFP or propose as a single entity. Should there be a teaming arrangement there MUST be a primary single responder.

The BRTA is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts operating under MGL Chapter 161 B and is funded through a combination of federal, state, and local monies, including farebox revenue. It is one of the eight original transit authorities founded by the Commonwealth in 1974 and currently provides public transportation services to its 24 member communities within Berkshire County, the western-most region of Massachusetts.

BRTA operates the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center in Pittsfield, 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. Approximately 573,045 fixed route and 24,303 ADA and Non-ADA paratransit trips were performed last fiscal year.

The Request for Proposals will be issued on February 9, 2015. To request a copy of the RFP package, please contact the BRTA at

Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Administrative Office no later than 10:00 AM on March 13, 2015. A pre-proposal site visit of the BRTA maintenance facility located at 67 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201 will be held at 10 AM on February 20, 2015. A pre-proposal conference will follow at 1 PM on February 20, 2015 at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center, One Columbus Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Robert Malnati, Administrator
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority

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