State Sen. Adam Hinds is about to find out exactly how difficult it is to get around the county on public transportation.
On Friday, Hinds is taking a Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus from Pittsfield to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, a trip that will take more than an hour. Hinds is doing it as his commute to meet with MCLA's Dean Jake Eberwein as the two host a design thinking workshop on how to improve the county's public transportation system.
This fall the MPO wants to take a much more serious look at how public transportation serves its customers.
The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization is in charge of prioritizing federal transportation dollars allotted to the county. That includes funding the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority. The issues with the BRTA haven't changed in years - a lack of funding leads to limited hours, infrequent service, and limited geographic coverage.
he Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North County as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner.
The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two stops at Mohawk Forest, Berkshire Medical Center North, and then the reverse.
Any new, unwrapped, in original packaging, contribution of personal care items, jackets, hats, gloves, socks, t-shirts, gift cards, writing paper, pens and stamps, or non-perishable food items are accepted on any BRTA bus instead of the regular fare throu