Transportation Planning

BRPC performs regional transportation planning and assists communities with traffic studies, bicycle and pedestrian (Compete Streets) initiatives, conducts traffic counts, address safety issues and develops innovative transportation solutions to improve mobility for residents.

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Initiatives

Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

The Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) is responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process that is often referred to as the 3C process: continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive. The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for the region and then decides how to allocate federal and some state transportation funds to programs and projects—roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian—which support the vision shared by all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County.

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Projects

Berkshire Bike Path Council

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) serves as the fiduciary agent for the Berkshire Bike Path Council (BBPC) and administers BBPC funds in accordance with decisions made by the Council to promote the development of bicycle facilities in Berkshire County.

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Berkshire Flyer 2.0

Continuation of efforts to implement a Pilot for Seasonal Rail Service between New York City and Pittsfield. State Senator Adam Hinds secured $100,000 in the FY19 state budget to continue moving forward the Berkshire Flyer planning process. The Outside Section authorizes the establishment of a Berkshire Flyer 2.0 Transportation Subcommittee to be co-chaired by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) and 1Berkshire. The subcommittee will expand the members of the initial Berkshire Flyer working group to include at least 3 designees from the hospitality industry; an elected municipal official from southern and northern Berkshire County; and existing rail service stakeholders, as deemed necessary by the co-chairs.

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Coordinated Transportation Planning

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) provides staff support to the Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Documents developed and endorsed by the MPO include the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program, and the Regional Transportation Plan, as well as various special studies. Transportation Planning staff also actively participate in statewide and regional transportation studies and initiatives.

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North Adams Downtown Circulation Plan

The grant will be used to complete a Circulation and Distribution Plan for the North Adams Downtown area. The plan will focus on linking neighborhoods and points of attraction, such as Mass. MoCA and MCLA. Long term transportation needs for the downtown area will also be addressed, including identifying ways to enhance traffic safety and increase facilities for biking and walking. The plan will also examine the future Berkshire Bike Path, which is expected to someday pass through the North Adams downtown. Project work will include significant outreach to downtown businesses and the public to help guide plan development.

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Transportation Planning FY20 & FY21

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) provides staff support to the Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Documents developed and endorsed by the MPO include the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Unified Planning Work Program, and the Regional Transportation Plan, as well as various special studies. More recently, attention is directed at climate change initiatives including cap and invest strategies, culverts/small bridges as well as advancing non-motorized transportation alternatives.

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Transportation Safety

BRPC Transportation Planning staff actively monitor the safety of our Region’s roads. We work with our local, state, and Federal partners to make Berkshire roads safer for motorists, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Each year, BRPC in partnership with MassDOT, conducts at least one road safety audit and perform updated analyses as part of the Highway Safety Improvement Program initiative.

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Transportation Safety Initiatives

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission actively monitors the safety of our Region’s roads.  We work with our local, state, and Federal partners to make Berkshire roads safer for motorists, trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. 

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Reports

Berkshire County Transportation Guide (Berkshires without Barriers)

Berkshires without barriers is a comprehensive list of Transportation Providers in Berkshire County. This transportation guide is intended to help everyone get around in Berkshire County and to encourage efficient use of existing resources. This g...

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Coordinated Public Transit Human Services Transportation Plan

The Coordinated Public Transit – Human Services Transportation Plan focuses on the transportation needs of persons with disabilities, older adults, and persons with low income and makes recommendations on how to improve transportation for these thr...

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Passenger Rail Station Location and Design Analysis

The Housatonic Railroad Company is working to re-introduce passenger rail service between the Berkshires and New York City.   The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission conducted a comprehensive planning study to evaluate the most feasible location...

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Traffic Counts Database

Each year BRPC undertakes a program of traffic counts for Berkshire County Towns and Cities.  This data collection effort is funded by our Federal Transportation Planning grant. The Traffic Counts Database includes Average Daily Traffic (ADT) data f...

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