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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
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

BerkshireRides Marks Decade of Driving North Berkshire
"In the last five years, we've done 2,600 trips to bus stops. ... We provide what we call the first and last mile." — Jana Hunkler Brule

State Strips Funding For Adams' Roundabout Project
"It seems like it was a done deal without any input from the town." — state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi

County Residents Press MassDOT For Equal Funding
"You can't continue to call it a commonwealth when some people are paying for the chair but they're sitting on the floor and that's what is happening with public transportation here." — Tricia Farley-Bouvier

MassDOT Board Hears From Local Leaders
"As I like to remind folks in Boston who suggest we run should run the MBTA a little longer, that you can't get a bus in Berkshire County on Sunday." — MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey

BRTA Granted $670K For Buses And Roof
"These projects reflect our commitment to improve public transportation for residents across the Commonwealth." — Gov. Deval Patrick.

MBTA Gold Star Memorial Coach Headed to North Adams
The Gold Star Memorial Coach is scheduled to make a rare appearance at Western Gateway Heritage State Park on Wednesday morning.

MassDOT Sets Public Meeting on Transportation Needs
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will continue its series of statewide public meetings this Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 at the Berkshire Athenaeum.

Lenox, Lee Teaming Up For 'Eventful' Public Transit
"We have seen ridership grow as more people take advantage of free trials and then become fare-paying passengers." — L. Scott Laugenour

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