The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) has announced a series of public hearings on service reductions or eliminations that are being considered because of an unanticipated budget shortfall.
PVTA is seeking public comments on these proposed changes, which may be needed effective Aug. 27 to balance the budget.
The proposed changes affect 17 routes in the PVTA system, including four routes operated by UMass Amherst Transportation Services:
- 34 (Northbound Campus Shuttle) Reduce weekday service (No trips after 8 p.m.)
- 35 (Southbound Campus Shuttle) Reduce Saturday, Sunday and holiday services (No trips before 5 p.m.)
- 39 (Smith/Hampshire) Eliminate route OR Eliminate Saturday and Sunday service
- 46 (South Deerfield/Whately Park and Ride) Eliminate trips to Whately and South Deerfield
Tony Maroulis, UMass Amherst executive director of External Relations and University Events, said, “The university is aware of the budget concerns and is committed to working with PVTA on behalf of the many members of the campus community who rely on its service.”
The following public hearings are scheduled locally:
Amherst: Wednesday, June 21, 4-5 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk.
Northampton: Thursday, June 29, 4-5 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., City Council Chambers, 212 Main St., behind City Hall.
Sunderland: Wednesday, July 5, 4-5 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., Public Library, 20 School St.
Find more information, including how to submit public comments if you are unable to attend hearings, at www.pvta.com.