Berkshire Benchmarks Survey

WHAT IS LIVING IN THE BERKSHIRES LIKE FOR YOU?

Berkshire Benchmarks is conducting a survey to better understand the issues that affect county residents. Participants will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $50 gift cards.

The survey closes on February 15, 2022.

Learn more and participate at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Berkshire22

Berkshire Transit Survey

Great Barrington, Mass. (Dec. 9, 2021) — The Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), working to improve the area’s transportation, invite residents, students, employers, and employees to complete a brief surveywww.berkshiretransitsurvey.com.

BRTA Temporary Service Change Starting Sunday, July 25, 2021

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is affected and impacted by the nationwide workforce shortage. This lack of qualified drivers available to operate the BRTA vehicles is resulting in a reduction of transportation services, including fixed bus route and paratransit.

Berkshire Transportation Management Association (TMA) Feasibility Study

As part of the Berkshire Blueprint 2.0, 1Berkshire created a Transportation Strategy Group to explore the concept of creating a comprehensive and cohesively networked public/private transportation system in the Berkshires. Previous studies have identified limited access to public transportation and first/last mile connections as major transportation barriers in the Berkshires. To overcome these transportation barriers, the concept of a Berkshire County Transportation Management Association to provide demand responsive micro-transit was explored.

Eviction Diversion Initiative: Free Legal Services

Through the COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP), there is a substantial expansion of free legal help for low-income tenants as well as low-income owner-occupants of 2-3 family properties navigating the eviction process.

PILOT Programs Undermined by Lack of Funding and Tax Rulings, Report Finds

A recent report by State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump pointed out that the Commonwealth’s payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) program for state-owned lands (SOL) is underfunded and disproportionately disadvantages smaller, rural communities in favor of larger, wealthier communities.