Public Announcements & Meetings


October 2018 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 October 1, 2018 - October 6, 2018

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

Week of October 8, 2018 - October 13, 2018

 
October 8
October 9
October 10
October 11
October 12
October 13
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Town Hall
Gt. Barrington
available available available

Week of October 15, 2018 - October 20, 2018

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


Week of October 22, 2018 - October 27, 2018

 
October 22
October 23
October 24
October 25
October 26
October 27
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Town Hall
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.

September 28, 2018

The next BRTA Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday November 15, 2018 at 4 PM in the second floor meeting room of the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC). The meeting notice and agenda is available by clicking here.

September 19, 2018
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 arriving on Main Street, North Adams at 6:20 AM. The Route 34 bus leaves Mohawk Forest at 6:50 PM, connecting to state route 7, with a final destination of Downing Parkway, Pittsfield at 7:40 PM.

The Route 3 bus departs Downing Parkway, Pittsfield at 6:20 AM, connecting to state route 7, and arriving on Main Street, North Adams at 7:15 AM. An additional BRTA Route 3 bus will depart from the ITC, Pittsfield at 1:45 PM, travelling state route 7, and arriving at the Williams Inn at 2:30 PM. This bus will leave the Williams Inn at 3:35 PM via state route 7, arriving at the ITC, Pittsfield at 4:20 PM. The last Route 3 bus leaves the Williams Inn at 6:40 PM, travelling state route 7, with the final destination of Downing Parkway, Pittsfield at 7:20 PM.

The Route 3 bus can deviate from the fixed route and travel to: Clark Art Institute; Paresky Center; Stop and Shop; Greylock Elementary School; Brayton Elementary School; and Goodwill. The Route 34 bus can deviate from the fixed route and travel to Ocean State Job Lot. To access these demand services, call (413) 499-2782 option 1.

Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA, ext. 1.

July 27, 2018
BRTA Advisory Board Approves Service Changes and Efficiencies
EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 4, 2018

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) Advisory Board voted to the make the following changes to BRTA services effective September 4, 2018.

Effective September 4, 2018, the following changes will occur:

The bus cash fare will remain the same for both full-fare and reduced-fare individuals. The discount on the Charlie Card will lessen. For full-fare local trips, the Charlie Card fare will go from $1.40 to $1.55 and for full-fare system-wide trips, the Charlie Card fare will go from $3.60 to $4.00. For reduced-fare local trips, the Charlie Card fare will go from $0.70 to $0.75 and for reduced-fare system-wide trips, the Charlie Card fare will go from $1.80 to $2.00. The bus pass prices will remain the same.

The BRTA Route 21 Express bus from Pittsfield to Great Barrington will only discontinue the 4:30 PM run. Hourly service will still continue on the BRTA Route 2 (Pittsfield to Lee) and on the BRTA Route 21 (Lee to Great Barrington).

The BRTA Routes 5 (Pittsfield to Lanesborough) and 13 (Linden St to Hancock Rd., Pittsfield) will become a combined route traversing from the ITC in Pittsfield and accessing all current stops of the Routes 5 and 13. At the beginning of the day, the route will start at the ITC, traveling Linden Street to Hancock Road into Lanesborough via state Route 7, turning around at the Mobile Station and returning via state Route 7 to Wahconah Street and arriving at the ITC. Mid-day the route will reverse direction to facilitate the customer’s return trip leaving the ITC via Wahconah Street to Lanesborough to Hancock Road. and Linden Street.

On Saturdays only, the BRTA Routes 5, 13, 15, and 16 (Pittsfield, Lanesborough, West Pittsfield) will discontinue the 7:35 AM run and the 12:30 PM run.

The BRTA Route 3S (Williamstown to North Adams) will be discontinued, with the exception of adding the 2:30 PM run to the BRTA Route 3. Hourly service will still continue on the BRTA Route 3 connecting Williamstown to North Adams.

Non-ADA paratransit service hours will align with the ADA paratransit service hours Monday through Saturday. The updated hours of service will be Monday through Friday 6 AM-7 PM; Saturdays 7 AM-7 PM; and Sundays and Holidays 8 AM-2 PM.

Updated schedules will be released to the public on August 27, 2018 for planning purposes. If you have any questions, please call Operations at (413) 499-2782 #1.

June 28, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP 2018-01)

INSURANCE BROKERAGE, CLAIMS AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR VEHICLE FLEETS

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is requesting proposals from qualified insurance firms to provide insurance brokerage, claim management and risk management services to the Authority. 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.

The selected Broker will provide insurance brokerage, claims and risk management services commencing September 1, 2018, for a term of ten (10) months, ending June 30, 2019 with two (2) optional one (1) year extensions, at the discretion of the Administrator.

The Request for Proposals will be issued on June 28, 2018. To request a copy of the RFP package, please contact the BRTA at this link.

Sealed proposals must be received at the BRTA Operations Office no later than 11:00 AM on July 30, 2018.

Proposers should prepare written questions and submit prior to July 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

May 2, 2018

Bus Service Stops for the Summer

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)'s Route 3 Shuttle will stop running for the summer beginning on May 22, 2018. This route currently operates from September through May to coincide with college students residing on campus. BRTA's regular bus Route 3 servicing Williamstown to North Adams via US Route 2 and bus Route 1 connecting North Adams to Pittsfield via US Route 8 will continue to operate all year long. Specific schedule or route information may be obtained by contacting the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

March 30, 2018

BRTA TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS ON PROPOSED SERVICE CHANGES AND FARE CHANGES

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) will be holding public meetings to receive comments on the proposed service and fare changes that would go into effect on July 1, 2018.

BRTA was advised by MassDOT to expect level funding of the statewide regional transit authorities' allocation, at the FY 2015 level of $80.4 million. BRTA is slated to receive $2,505,095 instead of the $2,741,895 if the statewide regional transit authorities' allocation was at the $88 million level. With level funding, BRTA is facing an operational budget deficit of $378,400 for the upcoming fiscal year. Level funding coupled with rising operational costs translates into reduced service and increased fares.

BRTA's Advisory Board authorized public meetings to receive comments on the proposed service and fare changes at their Board meeting held on March 29, 2018.

The proposed options for the Fixed Route bus system would be to: discontinue the 4:30 PM trip on Bus Route 21 Express; eliminate Bus Route 3S, adding demand stops on Bus Route 3 to accommodate customers; combine Bus Route 5 and 13; reduce to one bus on weekdays for Bus Route 21; reduce to one bus on both Bus Routes 1 and 2 for Saturdays; combine Bus Routes 5, 13, 15, and 16 on Saturdays and discontinue one midday trip; or eliminate all Saturday bus service.

The proposed options for the Paratransit service include: align Non-ADA service days and hours with ADA service days and hours or eliminate all Saturday Paratransit service.

The proposal includes fixed route cash fare payments to remain the same, while fares would increase when using a Charlie Card. $1.55 for a local trip, $4.00 for a system-wide fare, 75 cents for a local reduced fare, and $2.00 for a system-wide reduced fare. There would be a potential reduction for purchasing 7 or 30 day passes.

Detailed information on the scheduled dates and times for the public meetings is available by clicking here. All public comments will be given to the BRTA Advisory Board for their final decision to be made in May 2018.

Public comments may be submitted until April 30, 2018.
In person: Attending a public meeting
By mail: Send a letter to BRTA, 1 Columbus Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201
By email: send an email


March 19, 2018

BRTA BUS ROUTE 21 CHANGES

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) was informed today that the following detour will occur over the next few months:
Glendale Road in Glendale (Stockbridge) is closed for construction between Mohawk Lake Road and Christian Hill Road.
This closure will affect our ability to service the Glendale Post Office bus stops.
The BRTA Route 21 will be utilizing Mohawk Lake Road, Willow Street, and Christian Hill Road as a detour around the construction site.
Thank you for your patience and your ridership.

March 7, 2018

BRTA TO CLOSE EARLY TODAY

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) will be closing early today due to the imminent snow storm. Heavy snow is predicted to cover the Berkshires early this afternoon at the rate of 1 to 3 inches per hour. For the safety of BRTA customers, operators, and the general public, BRTA bus service will stop running according to the following schedule:
BRTA Route 1 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:30 PM, returning at 2:30PM
BRTA Route 2 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:30 PM, returning at 2:30 PM
BRTA Route 3 – the final bus will leave Main Street North Adams at 12:15 PM to Downing Parkway via US Route 8.
BRTA Route 3 Special – will not run
BRTA Route 4 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:35 PM, ending at Walmart Pittsfield at 1:05 PM
BRTA Route 11 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:35 PM, returning at 1:01 PM
BRTA Route 12 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:30 PM, ending at Downing Parkway at 12:49 PM
BRTA Route 13 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:05 PM, returning at 12:30 PM
BRTA Route 14 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 1:00 PM, ending at Downing Parkway at 1:30 PM
BRTA Route 15 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:00 PM, returning at 12:30 PM
BRTA Route 16 – the final bus will leave the ITC at 12:30 PM, returning at 12:59 PM
BRTA Route 21 – the final bus will leave the Premium Outlets at 12:30 to Downing Parkway via US Route 7 & 20
BRTA Route 34 – the final bus will leave Walmart North Adams at 12:30 PM, to Downing Parkway via US Route 8

Please contact the BRTA for additional information.

February 23, 2018 8PM

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) just received notification that the tentative agreement settled on at the February 21, 2018 meeting with the paratransit union representatives and a Federal Mediator has been voted on by the paratransit union membership and approved.

Thank you to the BRTA customers for your patience, understanding, and ridership during this process.

February 21, 2018 2PM

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) just received notification that today’s noontime meeting with the paratransit union representatives and a Federal Mediator has resulted in a tentative agreement that will be voted on by the paratransit union membership. This membership meeting is tentatively scheduled for Friday February 23, 2018. Paratransit operators will continue to work during this timeframe leading up to the membership vote.

Additional information will be posted on the BRTA website and disseminated once received.

February 12, 2018

The BRTA received notification that the Federal Mediator would like to meet at noontime on February 21, 2018 to discuss the current situation and has requested the paratransit operators to continue working until after that meeting. BRTA has agreed to this meeting date and time. The previous strike date of February 19 has been delayed. Additional information will be posted and disseminated once received.

February 6, 2018 10:45 PM

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) received notification late this evening that the membership of Paratransit Management of Berkshire (PMB) voted tonight to reject the Best and Final Offer presented at the January 26 mediation meeting. The membership also authorized a work stoppage to occur in 10 days.

This action may also cause the BRTA bus service to cease operations and halt maintenance performed on BRTA vehicles.

The public will be updated as additional information is received.

Thank you

January 31, 2018

VOTE MEETING RESCHEDULED

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) received notification this afternoon that the membership vote scheduled for this evening has been rescheduled to early next week. The membership will vote to either accept or reject the Best and Final Offer presented at the Friday January 26 mediation meeting.

January 27, 2018

VOTE MEETING RESCHEDULED

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) received notification this afternoon that the membership vote meeting, scheduled for Sunday evening has been rescheduled. This means all BRTA paratransit and fixed route service will operate as usual on Monday January 29, 2018.

The meeting to either accept or reject the Best and Final Offer presented at Friday’s mediation meeting is tentatively scheduled to occur sometime next week.

January 26, 2018

POSSIBLE STRIKE NOTICE

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) received notification this afternoon that the contract negotiations between Paratransit Management of the Berkshires and the Union Local 404 have progressed to involve a Federal Mediator.

The membership will vote on Sunday evening to either accept or reject the Best and Final Offer presented at the mediation meeting.

December 15, 2017

“You Spoke, We Listened”

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) will be adding a new bus stop to the North Adams Circulator Loop.

On Monday, December 18, 2017, the BRTA bus Route 34 will be servicing Mohawk Forest Apartments on the last bus of the night. This was considered and completed at the request of numerous customers trying to get to Mohawk Forest at the end of the BRTA’s day. This customer request will have minimal effect on our service time, but will provide a great benefit to those using the bus.

BRTA Bus Route 34’s last run of the night will leave Walmart at 6:30 PM, go over Ashland Street, onto Main Street, up to Mohawk Forest, head to state route 2 W, connecting to state route 7 S, with the final destination of Downing Parkway at 7:55 PM.

Specific schedule and/or route information may be obtained by calling the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA ext 1.

October 30, 2017

Employment Based Transportation Concept

The BRTA recognizes the lack of transportation options available to employers and employees after the buses stop running around 6 PM. The BRTA, in conjunction with McMahon Associates, performed a study on employment based transportation including: where the employment centers are, what the various shifts are, and how to connect these employees to their jobs once public transportation ends. Berkshire County residents are invited to attend a public meeting to hear the various aspects of the study and then to provide feedback on this conceptual idea. These public meetings will be held in North, Central, and South Berkshire located on a bus route during public transportation hours.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at “The Green”, 87 Main Street, North Adams from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

The next meeting will also be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at BRTA Intermodal Center, 2nd floor Boardroom, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM.

The final meeting will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at the Great Barrington Fire Station, 37 State Road, Great Barrington from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM.

For additional information, please contact the BRTA at 1-800-292-2782.

November 7, 2017

EMPLOYMENT BASED TRANSPORTATION CONCEPT PRESENTATION

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's PowerPoint presentation of the Shared Ride Access to Work Study during the public meetings is available by clicking this link.
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December 1, 2017
The study results from Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's Employment based transportation concept is available by clicking this link.
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July 18, 2017

YOUR OPINION COUNTS

It is BRTA's goal to help people in the Berkshires get to where they need to go by providing the best possible bus transit system. In order to achieve this goal, we need to understand why you do or do not ride the BRTA bus and your thoughts about how the service could be improved. BRTA wants to ensure that all residents of Berkshire County have a voice in this survey. The survey was open through August 8, 2017.

To all 462 parties that participated in this survey, thank you for your time, your opinion, and your ridership.

March 14, 2017 6 AM

BRTA’s BUS SERVICE WILL NOT RUN

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s (BRTA) fixed route bus service will not operated on March 14th due to the conditions from winter storm Stella. The heavy snow accumulations combined with the winds and deteriorating road conditions during the morning commute prompted the cancellation of service. Fixed Route service will resume on Wednesday March 15, 2017.

March 13, 2017 10 PM

BRTA’s Administrative Offices will be closed

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s (BRTA) Administrative offices will be closed tomorrow, March 14th due to the impending winter storm Stella. The office will be open Wednesday, March 15th at 8 AM. At this time, BRTA’s fixed bus system will be operating as usual. Please check this website or contact the BRTA in the morning to verify if bus service is still operating especially if snowing heavily at daybreak.


February 10, 2017

Route 3 Demand Stops

Effective 2/28/2017 BRTA Bus Route 3 will no longer service Sweet Brook Rehabilitation & Nursing Center, Sweetwood Retirement Community, or Sheep Hill as a demand stop.

Additional information regarding these changes may be obtained by calling the BRTA at 499-2782 extension 1.

January 28, 2017

BRTA BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the BRTA Advisory Board is scheduled for 4PM on Thursday March 23, 2017 in the second floor Boardroom of the ITC.

January 27, 2017

BRTA ELIMINATING ROUTE SERVICE

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) Advisory Board voted yesterday afternoon to end bus service on BRTA bus Route 7 and bus Route 40 due to low ridership and the loss of dedicated funding. Both bus routes will run through February 10, 2017 to allow customers ample time to research with bus route will accommodate their needs. Notices have been posted in each BRTA bus, inside the Intermodal Transportation Center, and on the BRTA website.

Service from Pittsfield to North Adams will still be available along US Route 7 via:
BRTA bus Route 34
Early Bus Monday to Friday Leaves Downing Parkway at 5:05AM. Connects to Mall Blvd to Route 7 North to Route 2 East to Main St North Adams for 6:20AM. Destination North Adams Walmart at 6:30AM
Early Bus Saturday Leaves Downing at 6:05AM. Connects to Mall Blvd to Route 7 North to Route 2 East to Main St North Adams for 7:20AM. Destination North Adams Walmart at 7:30AM
BRTA bus Route 3
Early Bus Monday to Friday Leaves Downing at 6:20AM. Connects to Crane Ave to Route 7 North to Route 2 East. Destination Main St North Adams at 7:15AM.
Early Bus Saturday Leaves Downing at 7:15AM. Connects to Crane Ave to Route 7 North. Destination Williams Inn at 7:45AM.

Service from North Adams to Pittsfield will still be available along US Route 7 via:
BRTA bus Route 34
Late Bus Monday to Saturday Leaves North Adams Walmart at 6:30PM. Connects to Ashland St to Main St North Adams to Route 2 West to Route 7 South. Destination Downing Parkway at 7:40PM.
BRTA bus Route 3
Late Bus Monday to Saturday Leaves Williams Inn at 6:40PM. Connects to Route 7 South to Crane Ave. Destination Downing Parkway at 7:50PM.

Additional information regarding these changes may be obtained by calling the BRTA at 499-2782 extension 1.

December 21, 2016

UPDATED BRTA Bus Route Schedules

BRTA's new Route 1, 3, 34, 12, and 14 bus schedules with an effective date of December 21, 2016 have been issued. These versions have details on the first and last bus serving the route and the paths they take. The draft schedules are posted at the bottom of the home page as PDF files. Once the new schedules are printed, they will be distributed to all the buses and other distribution locations.

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

If you have any questions regarding the schedule changed, 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.

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 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.

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.

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)