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Public Meeting Set on Berkshire Transportation Plan

A public meeting on the proposed 2020 Regional Transportation Plan will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Regional Planning commission's offices at 1 Fenn St., Suite 201.

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More than 100 Turn Out for Williamstown Meeting on Route 43

The engineers promised to take into consideration all of the feedback as they go through a design process that is still in its early stages; the best-case scenario for putting the Latham-to-Hopper job out to bid is December 2020, MassDOT project manager John Gendall said after the forum.

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Pittsfield Seeks Input on Tyler Street Streetscape Plans

After months of working on conceptual designs and working with stakeholders, officials are now taking the vision for a streetscape plan to the wider public.

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North Adams Bike Trail Hearing Repeats Past Debates

Many of the arguments at the state Department of Transportation public hearing were repeats from past hearings during which abutters on Chenaille Terrace had asserted the bike path on city land would be detrimental to their neighborhood.

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Accreditors to Visit BCC's Nursing Program Wednesday, Public Meeting Scheduled

BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday. Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is holding a visit, which includes a public forum, on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled including from 1:45 until 2:45 hearing from the public any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.

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MassDOT Sets Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan

The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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BRTA Sets Hearings on Service and Fare Changes

The BRTA, the main public transportation unit serving the Berkshires, is facing an operational budget deficit of $378,400 for the upcoming fiscal year. Transit officials statewide say $88 million is needed to properly fund RTAs after four years of nearly level funding.

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Pittsfield's Lakeway Drive Bridge Set for 2020 Replacement

The concrete bridge was closed in 2012 after it was found to be structurally deficient. The 1936 span shows significant corrosion, spalling of the concrete, and severe deterioration of its steel girders, which caused the bridge to be load-restricted. A temporary, one-lane steel bridge was installed over the older bridge, with stop signs on each end.

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Pittsfield Residents Air Grievances With Spectrum Changes

Nearly 200 people crowded into the auditorium in the Berkshire Athenaeum to express their displeasure with change in enacted by Charter Spectrum in its takeover of Time Warner Cable in the area.

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DTA Commissioner Looks to Battle 'Cliff Effect' With Budget Request

There was once an employer who hired a worker who was on public assistance. And the employee was good.

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North Adams Marijuana Ordinance Takes Another Step Forward

The Planning Board on Monday voted to recommend back to the City Council the proposed marijuana ordinance along with changes advised by the Public Safety Committee.

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Ways & Means Holding Hearings on Human Services in Pittsfield

These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

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Berkshire Workers Critical Of GIC Reducing Health Care Options

GIC Executive Director Roberta Herman asked how many people get their health insurance through Tufts. And nearly all of the 50 or so state employees in the audience at the Berkshire Athaenium Wednesday morning raised their hands. But Tufts is one of the three companies planned to be eliminated as an option for hundreds of thousands of employees through the commonwealth.

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Clarksburg Reviews Raft of Bylaws for Pot, Zoning, Solar Arrays

The complaints came at Monday's public hearing on a raft of bylaw revisions to update the town's zoning. Town officials are anticipating a special town meeting by late December or early January. The solar bylaw was completed last year but not in time for the annual town meeting in May. It was presented at Monday night's Planning Board hearing as a standalone along with a number of connected zoning amendments and additions.

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BRTA Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation. The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.

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