Public Announcements & Meetings



February 9, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP-2015-05) COMBINED FIXED ROUTE AND PARATRANSIT OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT

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 info@berkshirerta.com.

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

February 12, 2015

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday February 19, 2015 in the second floor Boardroom of the ITC. To view a copy of the agenda,, please CLICK HERE. (PDF)

January 20, 2014

INFORMATION BUS FOR NEW BRTA FARES

The BRTA will have a Charlie Card informational vehicle where customers can exchange their old pass, obtain a Charlie Card or half fare card, or receive specific information at the following locations:


Week of February 23 - February 28

 
February 23
February 24
February 25
February 26
February 27
February 28
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available



Week of March 2 - March 7

 
March 2
March 3
March 4
March 5
March 6
March 7
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available


Week of March 9 - March 14

 
March 9
March 10
March 11
March 12
March 13
March 14
available available 11:00 - 1:00
Price Chopper
Great Barrington
available available available

Week of March 16 - March 21

 
March 16
March 17
March 18
March 19
March 20
March 21
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
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.


December 5, 2013

BRTA FARES FOR 2014

The BRTA will implement the proposed changes to the fare structure presented in public meetings during February 2013 in January 2014. These fare changes will coincide with the introduction of the CharlieCard and the new farebox system. To view a slideshow of the new fare structure, please CLICK HERE. (PDF)

To view an instructional video on the easy to use CharlieCard Vending Machine, please CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON BELOW.



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 0.19%. 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