The Berkshire Regional Transition Authority is looking into being part of the creation of a transportation management association for ride sharing.
The BRTA's hours of operation limit the authority's ability to get workers to and from work beyond the typical first shift. This new group would be a collective of employers who would team up to provide ride share options.
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.
The topic of that meeting was, appropriately enough, "You CAN Get There From Here," focusing on transportation issues and solutions. Participants rotated - transported, if you will - through several "stations" to learn about some new - and some old - initiatives happening in the realm transportation in Berkshire County.
The state Senate adopted a budget amendment Thursday to develop a blueprint for more consistent passenger rail service to New York City.
State Sen. Adam Hinds filed the amendment which would task the state Department of Transportation to create a working group to study what it will take to establish the service.
The long-anticipated reconstruction of Water Street is expected to get under way in spring 2018.
Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen came to Town Hall this month for a public hearing on the project, which is 100 percent designed and ready to go to bid in August 2017.