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TOP STORIES AROUND THE COUNTY
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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