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BRTA Expanding Evening Bus Service Beginning July 1

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority will increase its evening bus service to include transportation to North Adams and Great Barrington beginning on Monday, July 1.

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BRTA Running Evening Bus Service in Pittsfield

A pilot program for a late-evening bus in Pittsfield started two weeks ago will run through May and help regional transportation officials determine if the service will continue.

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BRTA Strike Ends; Regular Bus Service Resumes Wednesday

The latest offer presented to the federal mediator on Tuesday was voted on by the paratransit union membership at a meeting and was approved.

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BRTA Work Stoppage Playing Havoc With Regular Bus Routes

The work stoppage has affected the regular Berkshire Regional Transit Authority bus routes, causing havoc for people trying to get to jobs, schools and other appointments.

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Paratransit Workers Vote Work Stoppage Over Contract

In a statement, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority said the paratransit service will not operate during the strike.

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Letter: Recent Article on BRTA Cuts

So much money from Berkshire County goes to fund eastern Massachusetts transportation and so little comes to BRTA, even after our Berkshire delegation has secured increased funding.

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Efforts to Create Rural Transportation Options Turn to Private Sector

Groups looking to create a transportation management authority will soon turn their eye towards getting private sector involvement. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Transportation Program Planner Clete Kus said the plans are aimed to improve transportation in the rural area. In briefing the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Kus said the idea is to create a membership-based organization aimed to shuttle people in the rural areas, helping them get to jobs.

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BRTA Consider Fare Increases, Service Reductions

The BRTA is prepping for increasing fares and reducing service. Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Administrator Robert Malnati said the state's funding for the organization is flat in the governor's budget.

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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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BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

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BRTA Paratransit Drivers Accept Contract, Reject Strike

Robert Malnati, administrator of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, sent a brief notification late Friday that he had been told the tentative agreement settled on Wednesday had been voted by the paratransit union membership.

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BRTA Strike Delayed

A scheduled strike at the BRTA has been delayed. BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati issued a notice on Monday saying the paratransit operators have delayed the scheduled strike on Feb. 19. A federal mediator will be meeting with BRTA on Feb. 21 to further discuss the situation.

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BRTA On Verge of Work Stoppage

Members of International Teamsters Local 404 have reportedly voted down the best and final offer during contract negotiations with Paratransit Management of the Berkshires as well as called for a strike.

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