Pittsfield – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) and State Representatives Daniel E. Bosley (D – North Adams), Christopher Speranzo (D – Pittsfield), Denis E. Guyer (D – Dalton) and William “Smitty” Pignatelli (D – Lenox) announced today that the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority – the BRTA – has been selected by the Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works to receive a Mobility Assistance Grant.
BRTA’s grant will equal eighty percent of the cost of four fully-accessible maxivans and one fully-accessible 16-20 passenger minibus.
“This grant will help us achieve a higher standard of living for many of our elders and persons with disabilities in Berkshire County,” stated Downing.
“Given the rural nature of our communities, it is essential to our county that all our citizens have access to good quality transportation,” Bosley said. “This grant greatly enhances that goal.”
The Commonwealth’s Mobility Assistance Program provides for capital assistance to public agencies for the purchase of vehicles and related equipment to be used in the provision of transportation services to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and families transitioning from public assistance to employment for which existing public and/or private mass transportation is unavailable, insufficient, or inappropriate.
“Expanding the number of fully-accessible vehicles available to BRTA’s riders will help to ensure equal, affordable access to public transportation for all of our citizens,” said Speranzo.
"This grant highlights the Commonwealth's and the BRTA's commitment to make public transportation easy for everyone to use," stated Guyer, "and I feel confident that these vehicles will provide many residents with safe, reliable, and accessible transportation options."
“It is wonderful that the state has recognized that the expansion of BRTA’s fleet will go a long way towards meeting the needs of folks who depend on public transportation,” said Pignatelli.