Strike Service Update

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) announced this afternoon that should the current paratransit strike continue into the weekend, the current limited fixed route bus service will not run on Saturday, December 8. Paratransit service will be limited to transporting only essential medical services on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. On Monday, December 10,… [ read more … ]

Service Update 12/5/18

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) through BRTA’s management company First Transit has negotiated in good faith with all of our drivers, schedulers, and dispatchers. We continue to be open and available to negotiate with the paratransit drivers, as we have done with our fixed route bus drivers. Berkshire Transit Management (BTM), fixed route bus… [ read more … ]

Fixed Route Schedule Update

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)has received comments regarding the limited fixed route service provided during the paratransit strike. Starting Tuesday December 4, 2018 the updated limited fixed route service bus schedule is below: For a PDF of the modified Route 1 and 11 schedules click this link. Route 1 will operate 6:30, 7:30, 9:00 and 10:00 morning runs… [ read more … ]

Paratransit Vote Update

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) just received notification that the latest offer presented to the Federal Mediator on Friday November 30, 2018 has been voted on by the paratransit union membership at their Sunday December 2, 2018 meeting and was rejected and “will result in a work stoppage commencing the morning of Monday December 3rd… [ read more … ]

Paratransit Meeting Update

Since the meeting on November 26, representatives of the union and First Transit have been negotiating with Federal mediators to see if an agreement can be reached by Friday November 30. As of 4:30PM today, there remains open communication between the two sides. Representatives will hold a meeting to vote on any final offer made… [ read more … ]

Paratransit Meeting

The meeting this morning with Federal mediators, representatives of the union, and First Transit has resulted in a follow up meeting scheduled for Friday November 30. This means all BRTA paratransit and fixed route service will operate as usual until after the results of the November 30, 2018 meeting are known. Additional information will be… [ read more … ]

Paratransit Strike Notice

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) received formal notification on Tuesday November 6, 2018 that the union membership of Paratransit Management of Berkshire (PMB) voted to reject the Best and Final Offers presented at their November 5, 2018 meeting. The membership has authorized a work stoppage to occur “on or about November 16, 2018″. This… [ read more … ]

Service Over State Route 7

The BRTA buses now travels over state route 7, six times every weekday. With the BRTA bus route service adjustments that started on September 4th, BRTA now has more service traversing state route 7 from September through May. The Route 34 bus leaves Downing Parkway, Pittsfield at 5:05 AM, connecting to state route 7, and… [ read more … ]