BRTA Service Planning Survey

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is asking for public opinion on what riders would
like to see at the BRTA. 
 
The BRTA is seeking input from customers and community members about current and future bus services. Users are asked to share candid input about what the BRTA should prioritize in the coming years.
 
Answers will guide the BRTA planning principles, as the region emerges from the pandemic. To take the survey, go to https://bit.ly/brta-survey-2021.
 
All individual responses will remain anonymous, while the overall information and results will be shared publicly and with BRTA stakeholders. 
 
Particpants can add their email address to be entered in a raffle to win a gift card or a BRTA bus pass. The deadline to respond to this survey will be Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022.

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BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that the members of Massachusetts' first-in-the-nation Commission on Clean Heat were sworn in, helping to advance the Commonwealth's ambitious goals to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions in the buildings sector. 
 
The Commission, which was created via Executive Order 596, held its first meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, and over the next year will advise the Administration as it works to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050. The Commission membership, representing a wide range of backgrounds and expertise including affordable housing, energy efficient building design and construction, health care and real estate, will identify policies and strategies and recommend a framework to achieve emissions reductions that is well-balanced, affordable, and equitable.
 
"This Commission brings together a diverse, experienced and thoughtful group of experts and stakeholders to help our Administration develop the policies and strategies we will need to meet the challenges associated with decarbonizing the buildings sector in Massachusetts," said Governor Charlie Baker. "The membership of the Commission on Clean Heat represents a variety of important perspectives that will be critical in the development of balanced, forward-thinking approaches to decarbonization that prioritize innovation, affordability, and equity as we make this transition."
 
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