The award winners have been selected based upon factors such as whether projects will increase ridership, demonstrate innovation, serve a priority population, be financially sustainable and provide cost savings or operational efficiencies.
The Public Transit Advisory Committee will be charged with regularly evaluating the public transportation needs of South County residents, through surveys and public input meetings, in order to provide recommendations to the town manager, the selectboard and the BRTA.
Great Barrington Town Manager Jennifer Tabakin suggested better marketing targeted toward students and perhaps the many senior centers across the county. In addition, she wondered why the so-called CharlieCards, the BRTA’s cashless payment system, were not available for purchase at places like supermarkets and pharmacies.
In his letter to the editor, Chip Elitzer writes: “A new train service to the Berkshires from NYC makes no sense. Metro-North already runs a frequent, reliable, inexpensive service between Wassaic and Grand Central.”
Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM) announces that the launch of the 2016 VIM Coupon Book will take place at the Lenox Holiday Stroll, Saturday, December 5, from noon to 4 at MacKimmie Company and Casablanca.
Sunday hours are the “busiest days for libraries across the country which have those hours. Nothing has gotten the same kind of public support as the one Sunday we were open.”
— Holly Hamer, president of the Great Barrington Board of Library Trustees
We believe that the Ride$hare concept – if widely adopted – could have important public benefits, including reducing gasoline consumption and air pollution, expanding the employment radius for job-seekers, and fostering a sense of civic connectedness.
— Great Barrington Selectboard resolution