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State Report on Transportation Planning Doesn't Neglect Rural Concerns

Williamstown Select Board member Andrew Hogeland spent the last year serving on a statewide panel looking at the future of transportation and advocating to make sure rural communities are not left out of that discussion.

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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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BRPC Updating Regional Transportation Plan

RPC is revamping the regional transportation plan. The plan serves as the master guidance document for the Metropolitan Planning Organization's guidance of a number of federal transportation funds and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's work.

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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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MassDOT Sets Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan

The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

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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 Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation. The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.

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