Public Announcements & Meetings



August 18, 2015

BRTA PUBLIC HEARING

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will be holding a public hearing, Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM in the second floor BRTA board room, to present the service efficiencies recommended in the Regional Transportation Plan. The general public is invited to attend. This is a one day only presentation and the final time to submit comments to be included in this document's addendum. The BRTA will display the power point presentation and printed copies are available upon request. For additional information, please contact the BRTA at (800) 292-2782.

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.

April 9, 2015

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday May 28, 2015 in the second floor Boardroom of the ITC.

January 20, 2014

INFORMATION BUS FOR CHARLIE CARDS AND TRAVEL TRAINING

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 August 24, 2015 - August 29, 2015

 
August 24
August 25
August 26
August 27
August 28
August 29
available available available available available available

Week of August 31, 2015 - September 5, 2015

 
August 31
September 1
September 2
September 3
September 4
September 5
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available


Week of September 7, 2015 - September 12, 2015

 
September 7
September 8
September 9
September 10
September 11
September 12
Holiday available 11:00 - 1:00
Price Chopper
Gt. Barrington
available available available


Week of September 14, 2015 - September 19, 2015

 
September 14
September 15
September 16
September 17
September 18
September 19
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
5:00 - 7:30
3rd Thursday
Pittsfield
available available


Week of September 21, 2015 - September 26, 2015

 
September 21
September 22
September 23
September 24
September 25
September 26
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.


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