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An organization that provides transportation for low and middle income workers in northern Berkshire County is seeking state money to expand services and become self-sustaining.

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The Capital District Transportation Authority is getting $15 million in federal funding to replace its outdated dispatch and vehicle communication system with new state-of-the-art equipment.

The announcement was made by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer.  Congressman Paul Tonko  provided a letter of support for the grant:   "Anytime we can improve the CDTA services and impact the ridership favorably, and strive and achieve greater efficiencies, that is welcome news, and we're doing it without relying on state or local revenues."

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Extensive state-financed service changes are being rolled out later this month at the largest regional transit authority in western Massachusetts.   Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders are being promised faster, more efficient, and cost-effective service.      

The changes include seven new routes, longer hours of service – mostly on the weekends – on 14 routes, and buses running more frequently on 15 routes.  This will be the transit authority’s biggest change in fixed-route bus schedules in nearly a decade, according to PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes.

CDTA Gets "Smart"

Jul 22, 2014
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New technology and changing social norms are impacting public transportation. "Smart" devices, electric buses and smoking all are being scrutinized by the Capital District Transportation Authority.

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The Mayor of Johnstown, New York is exploring the possibility of expanding public transportation in the Fulton County region. 

Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius said he has expressed his interest in expanding public transportation through the city with Gloversville Mayor Dalton King.

“I’m just having preliminary discussions, just casual talking with the mayor, just to find out what it would cost us to reinitiate the bus service, and that’s the extent of it at this point,” said Julius.

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People using public transportation in western Massachusetts will soon be able to tap into 21st century technology.

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A recent study finds internet and social media use could be linked to a decline in private, personal transportation.

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The leaders of the businesses and agencies that support public transportation in New York are meeting for a two-day conference in Saratoga Springs. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports that the industry is focusing on forging new partnerships.

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Democratic lawmakers in the Berkshires have voiced their support for a transportation budget that would reinstate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike from the New York border through Springfield.

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A new report from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group highlighting the decline in the average number of miles driven by the average American is supporting the call for investments in public education in the commonwealth.

The report released by the MASSPIRG Education Fund titled “A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future” says that on average, the amount of miles driven by Americans has been on the decline for the past eight years.

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