Public Announcements & Meetings


December 2, 2016

BRTA Bus Route Service to End

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)’s bus Route 7 will be terminating in January due to low ridership and loss of dedicated funding. BRTA no longer receives the federally funded grant that had operated this pilot bus route. There will be limited service over state route 7:
BRTA Route 34-

North on Route 7 from Downing Parkway at 5:25 AM Monday through Friday and 6:25AM Saturday.

South on Route 7 from Williams Inn at 6:55 PM Monday through Saturday.

BRTA Route 3-

North on Route 7 from Downing Parkway at 6:20 AM Monday through Saturday

South on Route 7 from Williams Inn at 6:40 PM Monday through Saturday

BRTA’s Friday evening bus from Berkshire Mall to Downtown Pittsfield will also terminate in January due to low ridership.

BRTA is accepting public comments for 30 days commencing December 3, 2016 and ending January 3, 2017 through the mail to BRTA, 1 Columbus Avenue, Suite 201 Pittsfield, MA 01201; email at info@berkshirerta.com, or by phone at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

November 29, 2016

NEW ROUTE 1 BUS SCHEDULE CONTAINS AN ERROR

BRTA's new Route 1 bus schedules with and effective date of November 28, 2016 has a time error for customers leaving the Intermodal Center heading to the North Adams WalMart. The Route 1 schedules have been pulled from the buses and have been replaced. The correct effective date should read, November 29, 2016. Please dispose of any Route 1 schedule that is dated November 28, 2016.

We apologize for any hardship or inconvenience this may have caused.

If you have any questions regarding this schedule change, please contact the BRTA at 499-2782 extenstion 1.

Thank you for your ridership.

November 21, 2016

"Out of Service Buses" will now change to "In Service"

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will now have all previously "out of service" buses to change to “in service”. This went into effect the day after the Advisory Board meeting in October with all members present unanimously agreeing to this change. Once the buses depart the garage at Downing Parkway, they will be “in service” and able to collect the fare and transport customers. This will slightly extend BRTA’s hours both first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening.

For any questions regarding this new policy or for specific route changes, please call 1-800-292-2782 extension 1 or refer to the Service Advisory section of BRTA’s website.

November 9, 2016


RIDE MATCH


Not everyone in Massachusetts has easy access to a personal vehicle or public transportation. Ride Match was designed to help fill the gaps and provide the state's most vulnerable populations, as well as the agencies that serve them, with a way to easily identify all the transportation options within their communities.
Ride Match features a simple search interface that allows users to type in their origin and destination, time and day of travel, and other specific information about their trip. After the user submits this information, the system returns a list of available transportation options. Included in the results is full contact information, including the provider's company name, address and customer service number.
At GATRA, we are encouraging all organizations as well as private and non-profit transportation providers to become partners and help support this important resource and community service by calling us directly at 508-823-8828, ext. 272 or by filling out our online registration form at www.massridematch.org.


October 11, 2016

NEW SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board voted to implement the BRTA Routes 1, 31, 33, 12 and 14 service enhancements. New schedules are in production with an effective start date in November. Once all the details are finalized, the enhanced schedules with a November 2016 start date will be distributed. The BRTA Route 1 and new Route 34 will begin on Monday November 28, 2016. Additional public announcements will ensure the riding public is informed of the enhancements before the actual start date. Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA.

August 29, 2016

PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE FOR SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS

In 2015, a Comprehensive Service Analysis was completed with recommendations provided to Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) to increase service efficiencies should BRTA receive additional funding. As funding has not yet increased, BRTA is creating ways to maximize the existing funding level and implementing better service for our customers riding the current public transit system. BRTA is looking for public input regarding these potential changes.

Deviations to current BRTA bus routes will be done at little or no cost, but provide better service to BRTA's customers. The proposed routes discussed are BRTA bus routes 1, 31, 33, 12, and 14, serving North and Central Berkshire.

Currently, BRTA bus Route 1 travels from Pittsfield to North Adams via state route 8. Once the Route 1 bus leaves Main Street the route number changes to 33 as it drives to Mohawk Forest; then the route number changes to 31 as it travels to the Berkshire Medical Center North Adams Campus. The proposed change would be the Route 1 bus, from Pittsfield to North Adams, would turn around at WalMart on Curran Highway and head back to Pittsfield. The travel time each way would change from the current hour and a half to only one hour, creating efficiencies for our customers travelling the state route 8 corridor. The BRTA bus routes 31/33 would turn into bus route 31 providing a circulator service within North Adams stopping at Walmart, Ocean State Job Lots, Main St., Mohawk Forest, and Berkshire Medical Center North Adams Campus in non-sequential order.

Currently BRTA’s Routes 12 and 14 are a circulator loop, travelling near the same time, and arriving at Berkshire Crossing within 5 minutes of each other. Berkshire Transit Management (BTM), BRTA’s Operating company, has recommended that Route 12 keep the same time schedule, departing from the ITC on the half hour. Route 14 would leave the ITC on the hour, which would provide service to Berkshire Crossing every 30 minutes.

BRTA is looking for your input on these service changes and will host 3 public meetings that all residents are invited to. The first meeting will be at the Great Barrington fire house on Thursday September 22 from 10 AM - 12 PM. There will be a public meeting at BRTA’s Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) 1 Columbus Ave, Pittsfield on Thursday September 22 from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM on the 2nd floor board room. The last meeting will be held in North Adams at the First Baptist Church on Friday September 23 from 10AM - 12PM.

Please join us as your voice is very important to the BRTA. Comments received during this 30 day public comment period will be summarized and presented to BRTA’s Advisory Board at their next meeting.

October 28, 2016

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday January 26, 2017 in the second floor Boardroom of the ITC.

July 2016

PARATRANSIT OPERATOR CHANGE

As of July 1, 2016 the operator for BRTA's paratransit program has changed. Customers using the familiar purple and white vehicles will now call 499-2782 extension 3, to schedule their next ride. For a copy of the informational brochure, please CLICK HERE.(PDF)
Paratransit Management of Berkshire (PMB), a subsidiary of First Transit, is the company succeeding County Ambulance for both ADA and premium transportation. The PMB call center is open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM until 5 PM. There is a voice messaging system to allow customers the option to leave a detailed message regarding their trip when all the call center staff are busy or when the office is closed. Premium ticket users can inquire about their scheduled vehicle location until 9 PM.

The paratransit program will operate in a similar fashion where eligible customers can schedule their transportation needs. A purple and white vehicle will provide a shared ride to or from their desired destination. Fares for the paratransit program remain the same under the new operator PMB.

For additional information regarding BRTA’s paratransit program, please contact the BRTA at 499-2782.

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.

November 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 December 5, 2016 - December 10, 2016

 
December 5
December 6
December 7
December 8
December 9
December 10
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available

Week of December 12, 2016 - December 17, 2016

 
December 12
December 13
December 14
December 15
December 16
December 17
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 December 19, 2016 - December 24, 2016

 
December 19
December 20
December 21
December 22
December 23
December 24
available available 11:00 - 12:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available


Week of December 26, 2016 - December 31, 2016

 
December 26
December 27
December 28
December 29
December 30
December 31
available available 11:00 - 2:00
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.

October 11, 2016

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday October 27, 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)