BRTA Service Changes Start July 1

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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 www.berkshirerta.com, 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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Firefighters used several avenues of attack to douse the blaze.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A midday fire Thursday on South Atlantic Avenue killed a pet and left a family homeless.
 
Police happened to be at a neighboring house when they were notified of a fire at 16 South Atlantic. The Fire Department was called out at 12:35 p.m. and found "heavy fire conditions" on the first floor in the kitchen area, reported Deputy Chief Daniel Garner.
 
The fire had extended into the adjoining rooms of the 2 1/2-story, wood frame home. Crews from four engines and a ladder truck attacked the blaze; a primary search was conducted to ensure no one was in the building. 
 
There were no reported injuries but a dog perished in the blaze. Garner estimated that the house suffered about $20,000 to $50,000 in damage, largely from heavy fire and smoke on the first floor and smoke damage throughout. 
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