Public Announcements & Meetings



January 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 January 25, 2016 - January 30, 2016

 
January 25
January 26
January 27
January 28
January 29
January 30
available available 11:00 - 11:45
Price Chopper
Gt. Barrington
11:00 - 1:00
BCC
Main Campus
Pittsfield
available available


Week of February 1, 2016 - February 6, 2016

 
February 1
February 2
February 3
February 4
February 5
February 6
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available

Week of February 8, 2016 - February 13, 2016

 
February 8
February 9
February 10
February 11
February 12
February 13
available available 11:00 - 11:45
Price Chopper
Gt. Barrington
12:00 - 12:45
Waldorf School
Stockbridge
1:00 - 2:00
Price Chopper
Gt. Barrington
available available available


Week of February 15, 2016 - February 20, 2016

 
February 15
February 16
February 17
February 18
February 19
February 20
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available


Week of February 22, 2016 - February 27, 2016

 
February 22
February 23
February 24
February 25
February 26
February 27
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 16, 2015
PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP 2016-02)
AUDITING AND ACCOUNTING SERVICES

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from qualified firms to perform auditing and accounting services on an annual basis for a term of thirty-four (34) months, with an option for an additional two one-year extensions. Audits will be conducted in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP); Government Auditing Standards, the provisions of OMB Circular A-133, and all current applicable State and Federal regulations. Proposers will be expected to remain current on State and Federal requirements and regulation changes. Additionally, audits will be made of the accounts and records of the BRTA's fixed route contractor and paratransit provider relative to BRTA supported expenses.

In accordance with current FTA guidelines, the Auditing and Accounting service contract will commence March 1, 2016, for a period of thirty-four three (34) months, ending December 31, 2018, at the discretion of the Administrator. Additionally, there is a possibility of two one-year extensions to December 31, 2020, again at the discretion of the Administrator.

The Request for Proposals will be issued on December 16, 2015. To request a copy of the RFP package, contact the BRTA at kaylyn.hunkler@berkshirerta.com.

Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Administrative Office no later than 3:00 pm EST on February 3, 2016.

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.

October 30, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
RFP 2016-01
TRANSIT MANAGEMENT SERVICES


The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from qualified transportation providers to manage and operate BRTA's fixed route and complimentary paratransit services. Pursuant to Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 161B, Section 25, the BRTA may not directly operate its transportation services. Any contract awarded under this Request for Proposal (RFP) is subject to financial assistance contracts between the BRTA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and/or the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The contract will therefore be subject to the regulations of both FTA and MassDOT.

In accordance with current FTA guidelines, the selected Management Contractor will provide transportation management services commencing July 1, 2016, for a term of three (3) years, ending June 30, 2019, at the discretion of the Administrator. Additionally, there is a possibility of two (2) one-year extensions to June 30, 2021, again at the discretion of the Administrator.

The Request for Proposals will be issued on October 30, 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 2:00 PM on December 14, 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 November 12, 2015. A pre-proposal conference will follow at 1:00 PM on November 12, 2015 at the Joseph Scelsi Intermodal Transportation Center, One Columbus Avenue, Second Floor Boardroom, Pittsfield, MA 01201. Proposers should prepare written questions and submit prior to the site visit so answers may be provided to attendees at the conclusion of the pre-proposal meeting.

December 3, 2015

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday March 31, 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