Public Announcements & Meetings



May 23, 2016

NO BUS SERVICE FOR MEMORIAL DAY

All Berkshire Regional Transit Authority administrative offices will be closed and regular bus service will not be provided on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of Memorial Day. All regularly scheduled service will resume at 5:45 AM, Tuesday, May 31, 2016 with the administrative offices reopening at 8 AM.

Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

April 19, 2016

New Bus Service in response to Price Chopper closure

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) has created a minor route adjustment to the Route 3 bus that services Williamstown and North Adams, in response to the closure of Price Chopper supermarket and the accessibility of West End residents to grocery shop. This discussion was prompted by Mayor Richard Alcombright, Northern Berkshire Interfaith Organization, and concerned residents. "The closing of Price Chopper has put pressure on many residents in the West End who depended on the proximity of that store to get groceries," stated Mayor Alcombright. "Our Interfaith Organization did a great job in bringing awareness to this issue and our good friends at BRTA stepped up in a big way to provide folks with an affordable and convenient option."

Starting April 25, 2016, the Route 3 will now go through the Big Y parking lot, instead of traveling on Veterans Memorial Drive. The Route 3 bus currently has a bus stop at Stop and Shop. BRTA Administrator, Robert Malnati, commented, "The BRTA is pleased to assist in the process and offer a cost effective solution for transit services to serve those residents impacted by the closing of their neighborhood supermarket."

The fare for a local trip is $1.75 for exact cash or $1.40 for a Charlie Card. Charlie Cards can be purchased from the bus driver. The reduced fare for a local trip is $0.85 for exact cash or $0.70 Charlie Card is available to seniors (60+), persons with a valid Medicare card, students K-12, and disabled persons with valid Massachusetts Access Pass. BRTA has a Travel Training Program that will provide information or training on how to ride a fixed route bus. Specific schedule, route information, or Travel Training may be obtained by contacting the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.


March 28, 2016

BUS SERVICE CHANGE FOR ROUTE 4 (DALTON-HINSDALE)

Due to customer feedback, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is announcing a change to the fixed route bus service for Pittsfield. At the Tyler Street Business Group's Open House, a need to provide bus service to the Springside neighborhood was discussed. After reviewing this request BRTA's bus routes will still provide service to Tyler Street and will access an additional neighborhood. It was determined that implementing this route change will neither cost additional money, nor would it affect our current riders.

Beginning Monday, April 4, 2016 the Route 4 (Dalton-Hinsdale) bus will service Springside and Elberon Avenues for a 6 month pilot program. Traveling inbound to the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) the bus will: depart Rose Manor, take a right onto Elberon, continue onto Springside Avenues, and take a left left onto North Street to the ITC. The bus traveling outbound from the ITC will: head onto North, Wahconah, Charles, and North Streets, then onto Springside, and continue to Elberon Avenues into Rose Manor. From Rose Manor the Route 4 bus will travel as before.

The BRTA operates primarily on a flag stop policy, with some restricted bus stop areas. Persons wishing to board the bus must wave to the bus operator. Buses will stop to pick up or discharge customers wherever it is safe to do so.

Specific schedule or route information may be obtained by contacting the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

June 2016 Schedule

INFORMATION BUS FOR CHARLIE CARDS AND TRAVEL TRAINING

The BRTA will have the Charlie Card/Travel Training informational vehicle where customers can obtain a Charlie Card or half fare card, load stored value on their cards, or receive one on one information on how to use the BRTA at the following locations:


Week of May 31, 2016 - June 4, 2016

 
May 30
May 31
June 1
June 2
June 3
June 4
Holiday available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available

Week of June 6, 2016 - June 11, 2016

 
June 6
June 7
June 8
June 9
June 10
June 11
available available 11:00 - 1:00
Price Chopper
Gt. Barrington
available available available


Week of June 13, 2016 - June 18, 2016

 
June 13
June 14
June 15
June 16
June 17
June 18
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available


Week of June 20, 2016 - June 25, 2016

 
June 20
June 21
June 22
June 23
June 24
June 25
available available 11:00 - 1:00
Price Chopper
Gt. Barrington
available available available


If your group or organization needs help with the Charlie Card program, or would like the information vehicle to visit your location, please contact the BRTA.


November 10, 2015

"REAL TIME" BRTA BUS INFORMATION AVAILABLE

BRTA announces a system wide map complete with "real time" bus information. "Where's my B-bus?" link allows BRTA customers access to the location of all fixed route vehicles. Choose the route you want to see, click on the bus traveling on your selected route, and zoom in on the map to find your location. Click on the blue bus contained in the white circle to see the scheduled departure time for that bus stop. This web based information is accessible on tablets, laptops, smartphones, or desktop computers.

April 8, 2016

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday May 19, 2016 in the second floor Boardroom of the ITC.

August 10, 2015

Eliminated Service

The BRTA will terminate the pilot Route 8 service connecting Ashley Falls to Gt. Barrington on August 29, 2015. The 6 month pilot program began in April and has carried 79 customers through July 31, 2015. This translates into less than 5 trips per week or less than 1 trip per day of service.
The Route 21 Express will continue until mid October, when the ridership results will be presented to the Gt. Barrington Selectboard.

June 11, 2015

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Route Efficiencies

The BRTA hosted 3 public meetings in early May to highlight service efficiencies which will be included in the Regional Transportation Plan. The presentation was also made to members of BRTA's Committee on Disability Services.
Comments received at the four informational sessions were included in a presentation provided to BRTA's Advisory Board on May 28, 2015. The Board voted unanimously to include any additional comments made by the Board and release the presentation for a 30 day public comment period.

To view the edited powerpoint presentation reviewed at this meeting., please CLICK HERE. (PDF)

To view the accompanying cost analysis to implement the service efficiencies contained in the presentation., please CLICK HERE. (PDF)

To submit a written comment , you can send an email before July 13, 2015.

For additional information, please contact the BRTA at 1-800-292-2782.

April 27, 2015

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Route Efficiencies

The BRTA will host 3 public meetings to highlight service efficiencies which will be included in the Regional Transportation Plan. The general public is invited to attend and provide comments. The proposed meeting schedule considered locations with easy accessibility and the public's work hours.

Thursday May 7, 2015 - 11AM to 1PM
North Adams City Hall 2nd floor conference room

Monday May 11, 2015 - 11AM to 1 PM
Great Barrington Fire Station meeting room

Monday May 11, 2015 2:30PM to 4:30PM
BRTA ITC - 2nd floor conference room

For additional information, please contact the BRTA at 1-800-292-2782.

April 4, 2015

ADDITIONAL BUS SERVICE FOR SOUTH COUNTY

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is announcing additional fixed route bus service for South County. Beginning Monday, April 13, 2015, there will be an additional express route with limited stops between Great Barrington and Pittsfield mirroring the established 6:10 AM service. The new start time from the ITC in Pittsfield will be at 7:10 AM arriving at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Plaza at 7:50 AM. Another bus will be leaving the post office in Ashley Falls at 7:25 AM, travelling through Sheffield, to arrive at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Plaza at 7:53 AM. This allows further travel north bound on the Great Barrington Express to Pittsfield.

In the evening, there will be express service between Pittsfield and Great Barrington leaving the ITC at 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM. The 5:30 PM bus will leave the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Plaza at 6:15 PM, traveling through Sheffield, to the Ashley Falls Post Office arriving at 6:43 PM. At 6:55 PM, the bus will depart the Great Barrington Fairgrounds Plaza and arrive at the ITC in Pittsfield at 7:55 PM.

As this new service is meant to be express service between South County and Pittsfield, the traditional flag stop option will not be available at this time.

This is a proposed 6 month trial service ending October 13, 2015.

Specific schedule or route information may be obtained by contacting the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

July 22, 2013

BRTA PASSENGER SURVEY AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will be conducting Passenger Surveys during the 2 week period of July 22 - August 3, 2013. Riders onboard select routes will be asked their opinion on topics ranging from bus size to frequency of service. The BRTA is testing a large print, fillable form PDF version of the Passenger Survey. You can open the PDF file, complete the survey, and email to the BRTA all from the survey document. Please send as an attachment using the envelope icon in the toolbar at the top of the survey document to info@berkshirerta.com.
To view, complete, and submit your survey, CLICK HERE. (PDF)

June 11, 2013

BRTA DBE Goal for Fiscal Year 2014-2016

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) has established a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. BRTA's proposed DBE participation goal for all FTA-funded transportation programs from FY2014 through FY2016 is 1.70%. A description of this goal is available for review for 30 days following publication of this notice.

Public comments regarding the established goal will be accepted for 45 days from the date of this notice. DBE businesses are encouraged to inform the BRTA of their products and services.

Comments should be directed to:
DBE Coordinator
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority
1 Columbus Avenue Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201