Riders of Berkshire Regional Transit Authority buses need to be aware of some service changes that may impact them, especially those riding the fixed bus routes on weekdays and those that use the paratransit services.  

According to the BRTA website, the transit authority has been affected and impacted by the nationwide workforce shortage, and a lack of qualified operators for BRTA vehicles is resulting in a reduction of transportation services including fixed bus routes and paratransit.    

The BRTA says that in order to continue its reliable service, some weekday routes will be curtailed for approximately 6 to 8 weeks, as additional operators are hired and trained. 

BRTA officials say that the Saturday schedules are not being affected.  

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For your convenience here is a summary of the BRTA service changes directly from the BRTA website, Berkshirerta.com. 

  • Route 4:  
  • Depart ITC at 6:05a, 8:05a, 10:05a, 12:05p, 2:20p, 4:20p. 
  • Depart Hinsdale at 6:43a, 8:43a, 10:43a, 12:43p, 2:58p, 4:58p. 
  • Route 5: 
  • Depart ITC at 8:30a, 10:30a, 12:30p, 2:30p, 4:30p. 
  • Depart Lanesborough at 8:55a, 10:55a, 12:55p, 2:55p, 4:55p. 
  • Route 11: 
  • Depart ITC at 7:35a, 9:35a, 11:35a, 1:50p, 3:50p. 
  • Depart BCC at 7:50a, 9:50a, 11:50a, 2:05p, 4:05p. 
  • Route 14:  
  • No service until 6:30p. Service ends at 10:40p Downing Garage. 
  • Route 15: 
  • Depart ITC at 8:00a, 10:00a, 12:00p, 2:00p, 4:00p, 6:00p. 
  • Depart Lebanon Ave at 8:12a, 10:12a, 12:12p, 2:12p, 4:12p, 6:12p. 
  • Route 16:  
  • Depart ITC at 9:30a, 11:30a, 1:30p, 3:30p, 5:30p. 
  • Depart Allendale Plaza at 9:45a, 11:45a, 1:45p, 3:45p, 5:45p. 
  • Route 21X:  
  • 7:00a ITC departure cancelled. 
  • 7:45a Fairgrounds Plaza departure canceled. 

All other scheduled bus routes will operate as normal. 

Paratransit- ADA and non-ADA service will both be on hiatus for Sunday and holiday service. 

The BRTA continues to hire additional operators through a multifaceted approach. If you are interested in becoming a BRTA operator, you can contact Operations at 499-2782 X1 or by email at Operations@berkshireRTA.com. 

 

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