May 30, 2013
B-Cool Summer Pass Returns
Another B-Cool Summer is about to kick off. The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's popular summer pass will be available for purchase beginning June 3, 2013. The B-Cool program offers area youth, 21 years and under, a safe, reliable, and affordable mode of summertime travel without relying upon family members for transportation.
For less than a tank of gasoline, the $25 B-Cool pass provides unlimited rides on the BRTA bus system from June 17 through August 31, 2013. All BRTA buses are equipped with bike racks all year round and accommodate 2 bicycles. BRTA bus routes throughout the county provide access to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, Onota Lake, Windsor Lake, and other bike friendly locations.
Last year 317 youth purchased the B-Cool pass and used the bus a total of 8,568 trips from June 11 through September 1, for an average of 27 rides per person.
B-Cool passes are available at the BRTA administrative office at One Columbus Avenue, the operations office at 67 Downing Parkway, or from any BRTA bus driver. Group discounts are available.
Additional information can be obtained by calling the BRTA at 800-292-2782.
April 24, 2013
BRTA to service new North Adams Wal-Mart
Effective Monday May 6, 2013 the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will begin making the following service enhancements to better serve the new Wal-Mart on the Curran Highway scheduled to open on May 8, 2013.
Route 1- Pittsfield to North Adams-Route 1 will be servicing Wal-Mart in both the Northbound and Southbound direction. With the addition of the new stop, Route 1 will now arrive in downtown North Adams 5 minutes later at :45 after the hour. This route will leave Main Street North Adams towards Pittsfield at the same time of :20 after the hour. Arrival and departure times in Pittsfield do not change.
Traveling North from Adams the bus will depart Wal-Mart at :33 after the hour. Traveling South from North Adams the bus will depart at :29 after the hour.
Route 31- North Adams Hospital-This route will now leave Main Street 5 minutes later at :45 after the hour and do the loop to the North Adams Hospital. It will no longer continue down the Curran Highway to the existing Wal-Mart location.
Route 3-Williamstown to North Adams- Leaving 5 minutes earlier at :20 after the hour, this route will now service Curran Highway to the old Wal-Mart. Returning to Main Street North Adams the Williamstown leg will leave 5 minutes later at :30 after. Departure from the Williams Inn does not change, leaving at :55 after, as does the arrival in North Adams at :20 after.
"I want to thank Gary Shepard and the entire BRTA staff for providing these updated options that will provide convenience to both shoppers and workers at the new Walmart," said North Adams Mayor Richard J. Alcombright. "BRTA provides an invaluable service to our greater north Berkshire community and this creative scheduling will benefit many."
The service area has not changed, only a variance in which route performs the service with up to a 5 minute change in time. This change will allow workers and customers access to the new Wal-Mart both earlier and later in the day. BRTA looks forward to servicing the new North Adams Wal-Mart location while providing safe, efficient transporation for the people of Berkshire County.
The new schedules will be available soon. Individuals with questions can contact the BRTA at 413-499-2782 ext 1.
March 6, 2013
SPRING STUDENT PASS SEASON TO BEGIN
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority's unlimited use Student Bus Pass will begin the final season of the 2012-2013 school year on Monday, March 18, 2013. Students who currently have a winter student pass can update it for the new spring pass beginning Monday March 11 at the BRTA office at One Columbus Avenue in downtown Pittsfield. New students interested in obtaining a spring pass should contact the BRTA to schedule an appointment.
The Student Pass program is open to and provides unlimited access to the BRTA fixed route bus system for $75 per season. The school year is divided into 3 seasons: fall (8/27 - 12/1), winter (12/3 - 3/16), and spring (3/18 - 6/18). Additional information may be obtained by calling 499-2782 extension 4.
February 15, 2013
BRTA ANNOUNCES PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULE AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR PROPOSED FARE STRUCTURE
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is soliciting public comments on the proposal voted on by the Advisory Board at their November 29, 2012 meeting regarding a new Fare Structure. The proposal looks to streamline the current zone fare structure while remaining revenue neutral, explore unlimited ride pass options, and integrate with MBTA CharlieCard. Additional information regarding this proposal can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. (PDF).
Public meetings to allow for comments on the proposed Fare Structure changes are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
February 25, 2013 - City Council Chambers, 10 Main Street, North Adams from 10:30 - 12:00 PM
February 25, 2013 - BRTA Board Room, One Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield from 1:30 - 3:30 PM
February 26, 2013 - Fire Station Meeting Room, 37 State Road, Gt. Barrington from 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Additional information regarding the meeting schedule can be viewed by CLICKING HERE. (PDF).
Comments may also be submitted in writing to:
BRTA, One Columbus Avenue, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
or calling 499-2782.
Comments will be accepted on the proposed Fare Structure until March 18, 2013.
BRTA BUS INFORMATION VIA SMARTPHONE
A FREE smartphone application to access BRTA bus information is now available! Instead of looking down the street for the next available bus, simply use your smartphone.
From the FREE marketplace install the RouteShout application. Using your phone's GPS location, this application will list nearby stops and provides the same next available bus time.
Or from your phone's browser application:
1. Type in: m.routeshout.com
2. Choose RouteShout, then from the transit agency listing at the bottom of the page, locate the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts
3. From the main menu, choose either route, address, or locate me
4. If you chose route, click on the route number, then your stop, for the next available bus time
You will never have to call the BRTA and ask "Where's my bus"?
January 30, 2012
NEW PARATRANSIT FLEET TO BEGIN SERVICE
The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)'s new fleet of 15 paratransit vehicles will be in service February 1, 2012. For the first time, BRTA will own the mini-buses used to transport people with mobility challenges and disabilities.
According to BRTA Administrator Gary Shepard, "Paratransit is an essential service allowing people with mobility challenges to travel where they need to go, whether it's to the doctor, an appointment or to a social event. While the procedure and price point for services remain the same, patrons will ultimately be more comfortable in these brand-new, efficient mini-buses." Each year, there are more than 80,000 requests from over 6,000 people for paratransit service across the Berkshires.
The new mini-buses are clearly identifiable by their BRTA purple color scheme. Drivers will wear similarly styled identification badges to help ensure passengers' familiarity and safety. This new fleet will be owned and maintained by the BRTA, and operated by County Ambulance.
BRTA received these new mini-buses, worth $1.34 million, through a grant from the federal Mobility Assistance Program (MAP). These vehicles are fully accessible and feature a safety camera system. BRTA also seeks to add Mobile Data Terminals and GPS locators for dispatching the vehicles in its final phase of paratransit improvement.
A person's eligibility for public transportation paratransit services will be determined by their mobility and functional ability regarding access to navigate the fixed route service. For ADA travelers, fares are $2.50 per town of travel with a maximum fare of $10.00 for a one-way trip, during days and hours of fixed route bus operation. Non-ADA service is available in member communities 24/7 for $7.50 initially and $2.50 for each additional town with no maximum fare. To reserve a ride, call County Ambulance at 413.499.2527.
SERVICE CHANGES EFFECTIVE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
Comments received during the 30 day public comment period in June 2011 were presented to the BRTA Advisory Board. They maintained the final trip to West Pittsfield's Route 15 and voted to implement all service changes in this link (PDF) on September 5, 2011. Because the BRTA will not operate on Labor Day, the first day of service for these changes will be Tuesday September 6, 2011.
Preview the revised BRTA route schedules, which go into effect on Monday September 5, 2011.
Click on the links below.
Route 1 Schedule (PDF) Route 2 Schedule(PDF)
Route 3 Schedule (PDF) Route 4-11 Schedule(PDF)
Route 5-13 Schedule (PDF)
Route 12-14 Schedule (PDF) Route 15-16 Schedule(PDF)
Route 21 Schedule (PDF) Route 31-33 Schedule(PDF)
Watch for these new and improved bus schedules to arrive shortly with the EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 date on the front.