The PVTA is facing an operating budget deficit of up to $1.2 million for the coming fiscal year as the current state budget for FY18 does not include previously agreed upon funds for bus service as stated in the Transportation Reform Act.
The hearings will begin June 19. Public comments will be presented to the PVTA Advisory Board on July 19, along with updated state budget information. The Advisory Board will decide on that date which service changes are necessary to balance the FY18 budget. Any changes that are approved by the board would go into effect August 27 or September 4
The public will be asked to comment on full or partial changes to the following bus routes: M40 Minute Man Express (Northampton-Hadley-Amherst); P20E Express (Holyoke Mall-Springfield Union Station); P21E Express (Springfield Union Station to Holyoke Transportation Center); Five College Route 39 (Mt Holyoke College to Smith College); Route 46 (Whately-South Deerfield-Sunderland-UMass Amherst); G5 (Dickinson-Jewish Home-Longmeadow-Enfield CT); X98 (Northampton Crosstown); R14E Express (Agawam Industrial Park); R27 (Wilbraham-Eastfield Mall); B23 (Holyoke-Westfield via HCC); R29 (Holyoke-South Hadley-UMass Amherst); B48 (Holyoke-Northampton); B4 (Downtown Springfield-Plainfield Street); X90 (Springfield Inner Crosstown); UMass Amherst Campus Shuttle Routes 34 and 35; and the Tiger Trolley (South Hadley-Holyok
Hearings will begin at 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM each day at the following location:
June 19: Holyoke Transportation Center, 206 Maple St, Holyoke
June 20: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, 60 Congress St, Springfield
June 21: Amherst Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk
June 22: Bay Path University, 588 Longmeadow St, Longmeadow
June 26: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street
June 27: South Hadley Public Library, 2 Canal Street
June 28: Wilbraham Senior Center, 45B Post Office Park
June 29: Northampton City Council Chambers, 212 Main St (behind City Hall)
July 5: Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street
July 6: Westfield Transit Pavilion, 10 Arnold Street
July 10: Chicopee City Hall, Council Chambers, 17 Springfield Street
Comments on possible service changes must be received by Tuesday, July 11th.
- In person: Attend one of the public hearings
- By mail: Send letters to Sandra E. Sheehan, Administrator, 2808 Main St., Springfield MA 01107
- By email: Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By phone: Call (413) 732-6248 x235 and leave a recorded message of up to 3 minutes.