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BRTA Advisory Board Approves Service Changes and Efficiencies

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s (BRTA) Advisory Board voted to implement the proposed systemwide service changes that will go into effect on July 1, 2022. These changes were approved by the BRTA Advisory Board at their April 28, 2022 Board meeting.

The goals of the Approved Service Changes are: maintaining as many successful pilot evening services as possible; maximizing customer use of existing services through improved scheduling and connections between BRTA routes (a priority identified in recent customer surveys); maintaining as much service as possible, within BRTA’s projected funding and staffing constraints during the new fiscal year; revising BRTA service to support future electric vehicle procurements; revising BRTA service to accommodate new potential service types such as express buses, regional buses, and micro-transit options in future service plans; planning a “micro-transit”, non-fixed route, public transit option within existing resource constraints; and continuing to develop Main Street North Adams as a northern mobility hub for BRTA .

The planned changes for the Fixed Route bus service include:

Revised/Expanded bus schedules

  • Routes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 11, 12, 14,15, 21, 21X, and 34

Adjusted/New route travel pattern

  • Routes: 1, 3, 4, 5a, 5b,15, and 21

Adjusted/New bus stop locations

  • Routes: 1, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 15, and 21

New demand service locations

  • Routes:  2, 5a, 5b, 21X

New transfer opportunities

  • At Pittsfield ITC- Routes: 1, 2, 4, 5a, 5b, 11, 12, 14, 15, and 21X
  • At Main Street, North Adams- Routes: 3 and 34

Discontinued bus routes

  • Route16- Crane Ave/Allendale Plaza
  • Route 22- Great Barrington Night Loop

These changes will be effective July 1, 2022. For a comprehensive list of all of the changes, please visit https://berkshirerta.com/2022/05/03/approved-service-changes-for-fy-2023/, stop by the ITC, 1 Columbus Avenue for a printed version in both Spanish and English, or email info@berkshirerta.com to receive a copy via email. If you have any question about these service changes, please call the BRTA at (413) 499-2782 #1.

Updated printed schedules will be released to the public after June 29, 2022 for planning purposes. Updated schedules on the BRTA website, www.berkshirerta.com, will be release on June 30, 2022.  

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