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Berkshire Colleges Receive $12M in American Rescue Plan Funds

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BOSTON. — Berkshire Community College, Williams College, and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will receive more than $12 million in American Rescue Plan Funds.
On Tuesday, U.S Rep. Richard Neal announced that Berkshire Community College, Williams College, and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will all receive a slice of the nearly $90 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in Massachusetts' First Congressional District under the American Rescue Plan.
"The success of our local colleges and universities is critical to the success of our students and to the strength of our community," said Neal in a press release. "Educational institutions here in Western and central Massachusetts and across the country have been steadfast in their mission of delivering quality education in the face of this pandemic. The American Rescue Plan makes a historic investment that will secure the future of these valued institutions and provide struggling students with urgent relief that will allow them to stay on track and complete their education." 
BCC will receive $3,969,913, Williams College will receive $4,200,741, and MCLA will receive $3,942,592.
The funding will help local institutions cope with the financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are facing hunger, homelessness, and other hardship.
The American Rescue Plan provides $36 billion for nearly 3,500 public and private, nonprofit colleges and universities nationwide.

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BRTA Service Changes Start July 1

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After rider feedback, the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has made some service changes.
The service changes are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2021. 
To view a copy of the effective service changes, go to, click Announcements to see the service changes.
Summary of Service Changes
  • Transfers:  Amend transfer policy to allow for more travel flexibility.
  • Route 1:   Weekday evening schedule adjustments.
  • Route 2:  Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC.
  • Route 3:  Bus stop location change at Big Y North Adams.
  • Route 4:  Weekday morning schedule adjustment.
  • Route 5:  Travel pattern change between ITC and Hancock Road.
  • Route 11N:  Discontinue pilot evening service.
  • Route 12:  Change Federico Drive to a Demand Service location.
  • Route 14:  Begin pilot weekday evening service.
  • Route 15:  Weekday and Saturday schedule adjustments.
  • Route 21X:  Travel pattern change around Pittsfield ITC.
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