Public Announcements & Meetings

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


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.
December 1, 2017
The study results from Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's Employment based transportation concept is available by clicking this link.
November 30, 2017

The next BRTA Advosiry Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday January 25, 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.

December 2017 Schedule


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 4, 2017 - December 9, 2017

December 4
December 5
December 6
December 7
December 8
December 9
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available 2:30 - 5:30
Main Street
Great Barrington

Week of December 11, 2017 - December 16, 2017

December 11
December 12
December 13
December 14
December 15
December 16
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
Gt. Barrington
available available available

Week of December 18, 2017 - December 23, 2017

December 18
December 19
December 20
December 21
December 22
December 23
available available 11:00 - 2:00
Main Street
North Adams
available available available

Week of December 25, 2017 - December 30, 2017

December 25
December 26
December 27
December 28
December 29
December 30
HOLIDAY available 11:00 - 11:45
Main Street
Gt. Barrington
12:00 - 12:45
Waldorf School
1:00 - 2:00
Main Street
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.

July 18, 2017


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


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 deterorating 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


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


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


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

October 11, 2016


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


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


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


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


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
To view, complete, and submit your survey, CLICK HERE. (PDF)