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MassDOT: $60M to Maintain & Fix Western Mass Bridges
"Currently, there is $10 million that has been spent or will be spent on bridges." — Peter Frieri

Amtrak Service Begins in Greenfield, Northampton
The Vermonter will also add a stop in Holyoke later in 2015 when station work is complete.

BRPC Crafting County Transportation Plan
"We need people throughout the region to let us know what works well and what needs improvement." — Nat Karns

Shepard Leaving BRTA Administrator Post
"A new opportunity presented itself. I think after six years we've accomplished quite a bit and it is time to move on." — Gary Shepard

Berkshire Train Campaign Chugs to North County
"The economic analysis impact I did several years ago looked at the county as a whole." — Stephen Sheppard

Four Berkshire Towns Eyed For Passenger Rail Stations
"We hope to have the draft report released by July 15." — Brian Domina

State Still Hopeful For Adams Rail Trail Extension in 2014
"We'll both be coming to the finish line at the same time in late August." — Mark Moore

BRPC Suggests Intermodal Center Be Fitted For Housatonic Rail
"I think this project will be great for not only Pittsfield but for all of Berkshire County." — Councilor at Large Barry Clairmont

$15 Million Eyed For Berkshires In State Senate Bond Bill
"These important funds show our commitment to transportation across the state." — Sen. Benjamin Downing

Governor Releases $50M in Chapter 90 Road Funds
"However, the transportation finance bill does not provide sufficient revenues to fund the $300 million dollar allotment." — Richard Davey

Governor Rides Envisioned Passenger Rail Route to Pittsfield
"I think the potential economic impact is considerable. I think the opportunity of job creation and quality of life is considerable." — Gov. Deval Patrick

Governor Says Legislature Transportation Plan Isn't Enough
The bill calls for $805 million in new investment during a three-year period in roads, bridges and rail.

BRTA Details Phased Plan for Adding Buses, Routes
"I think we're cautiously optimistic with the way things are going." — Robert Malnati

Washington Making Push For Delayed Road Reconstruction
"We're a town of 600 people, we can't re-pave eight miles of road." — Michael Case

House Passes Leadership's Transportation Bill
The bill passed 97-55, just short of two-thirds but a number of representatives did not vote.

Patrick: Legislature's Plan Leaves Out WMass Projects
"The folks in Western Massachusetts will pay that gas tax and will see no change or improvement in their transportation service none." &mdash Gov. Deval Patrick

North Berkshire Coalition Seeks to Bring Attention to Transit Issues
"They have to hear over and over a consistent message." — Sen. Benjamin B. Downing

Rep. Farley-Bouvier Sponsors 'Pay As You Drive' Bill
"The key to this is to raise revenue in a fair way... the gas tax is something we can't continue to rely on." — Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

Community Leaders Debate Transportation Future At Forum
"The $100 million doesn't represent expansion, it represents forward funding." — Gary Shepard

Forum on Public Transportation Set at BCC
A public roundtable discussion on the county's transportation needs is scheduled Monday evening from 4 to 5:30 at Berkshire Community College.

Cariddi Discusses Issues With Local Democrats
"There's also some very ambitious visioning as far as taxes are concerned." — state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi

Patrick Pitches Transportation Plan At Stockbridge Station
"We have proposed a way to pay for it and its going to require new revenue in terms of higher income taxes and lower sales taxes." — Gov. Deval Patrick

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