Berkshire County Awarded Fair Share Funds

Print Story | Email Story
BOSTON — The Healey-Driscoll administration announced that it is delivering more than $13 million for 14 projects to support local transportation infrastructure and other needs. 
The awards come from revenue generated by the Fair Share Amendment and are matching funds for projects and initiatives eligible for federal discretionary grants offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation. 
In Berkshire County, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will receive $49,649 to develop a safety action plan. Safety action plans use a data-based approach to improve roadway safety for all users.  
These matching funds are part of a total of $476.5 million in Fair Share dollars made available for transportation
 investment in the FY24 Massachusetts Budget. 
"When we empower city and town leaders to address their unique infrastructure needs, we are helping themachieve a better quality of life for their residents," said Governor Maura Healey. "We're proud to partner with the Legislature to dedicate Fair Share funding to critical initiatives like these, which will help make our state's transportation network safer and more robust – and our municipalities more interconnected." 

Tags: BRPC,   

If you would like to contribute information on this article, contact us at

Pittsfield Starbucks Closed Temporarily

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

A sign outside the coffee shop assures customers the closure is only temporary. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Your alarm goes off, you get ready, and you leave for school, work, or whatever your appointment a little bit early to get a cup of coffee to start your day, only to find that the Pittsfield Starbucks, located at  555 Hubbard Ave., is closed. 
The sign has been removed, and the drive-through is blocked, but Starbucks coffee addicts need not worry — this closure is only temporary. 
The coffee shop closed its doors temporarily on July 7 to undergo a standard renovation with the chain's new Siren System, a Starbucks spokesperson said. 
According to the signage, the reopening date is projected to be Aug. 21. 
According to its website, the Siren System is part of the chain's Starbucks Reinvention plan, which aims to improve the experience for partners and staff by responding to changing needs and increasing demands. 
"As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," the spokesperson said. 
The chain's article on unveiling its innovations said, "Over the past few years, the number of cold beverages ordered has surpassed the number of hot drinks year-round. And, two in three drinks ordered have requested customizations such as extra espresso shots and flavorings."
View Full Story

More Pittsfield Stories