BRTA Limiting Access to Intermodal Center in Pittsfield

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is limiting public use of the Intermodal Transportation Center to those utilizing BRTA's bus service, Peter Pan, Greyhound, Amtrak, or buying food at the coffee shop. 
 
BRTA has also instituted social distancing within the ITC, by removing tables and spacing out the remaining chairs to ensure staff and customers' safety.
 
Bus service remains in effect and all vehicles are cleaned every evening using products that are effective against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The facilities are being cleaned using the same coronavirus effective products multiple times a day, especially in high-traffic, high-touch areas. Posters from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Federal Transit Administration outlining ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus are posted in our facilities, vehicles, and employee bulletin boards.  
 
Operators have also been advised to follow CDC guidelines regarding hand washing, coughing, and general etiquette to remain healthy.
 
As of this moment, there have been no changes to any routes or times. As this situation is uncertain, the administration of the BRTA is in contact with federal, state, and local leaders and will follow their guidance. When changes are warranted, a press release to local media outlet will be made. BRTA's website, www.berkshirerta.com, will have any updates in the Public Announcement page.

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Biz Briefs: SABIC Donating to Local United Way to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

SABIC donation

SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, is donating $25,000 to the Berkshire United Way to help serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from $1 million in monetary donations to food banks and community-based agencies in the communities where the company operates, SABIC, whose head office is based in Houston, also is donating approximately $500,000 of its products. SABIC products are used to manufacture personal protection equipment for healthcare workers and medical equipment such as ventilators, patient monitoring devices, face shields, respiratory therapy machines and diagnostic equipment.

The company, which operates the Polymer Processing Development Center in Pittsfield, Mass., also is donating face shields made with SABIC’s LEXAN polycarbonate sheet product to local police and fire departments. SABIC employees, too, are joining together to raise funds that will go to charitable organizations of their choice and the company is matching the employee contributions dollar-for-dollar.

SABIC currently operates 60 manufacturing and compounding plants in more than 50 countries worldwide.

 

Small business survey

The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire has released a small business survey to assess the greatest needs of small businesses during this COVID-19 crisis. This Small Business Technical Assistance Needs Survey will help CDCSB focus professional technical assistance to businesses where they most need it for them to weather the devastating economic impact of the endemic. All businesses based in the southern Berkshires are encouraged to complete the survey by clicking here.

CDCSB is joining other western Massachusetts CDCs – Hilltown CDC, Franklin County CDC and Valley CDC (Northampton) – in seeking funding to provide free professional business assistance that can include legal and financial advice, strategic planning, access to capital, marketing, pivoting sales to a digital platform, or creating new product lines. This will significantly expand the capacity for small business assistance throughout western Mass., a central part of CDCSB’s economic development mission. 

The CDCSB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities, promoting economic development, and building low-moderate income housing in the southern Berkshires. In collaboration with other local organizations, CDCSB has helped build over 60 affordable housing units, leveraged over $30 million in private and public funding for south Berkshire County and has a current development pipeline of 120 new affordable housing units.

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