AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst has agreed to partially fund an extension of a bus route that will ensure regular access to users of the Amherst Survival Center from May through the end of August. The university will fund $3,000 of the approximately $7,600 it will cost to operate UMass Transit’s route 32 during the summer.
“During the previous academic year, UMass Transit had partnered with the Survival Center to extend the route 32 bus route,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “As the Amherst Survival Center is a vital community resource serving Amherst and several communities in Hampshire and Franklin counties, and many in our own UMass family, I am pleased that we can assist in funding the route through the summer. This will ensure continuous service for our community members most in need.”
“We so appreciate the university’s financial support of public transportation to the center for this summer,” said Mindy Domb, executive director of the Amherst Survival Center. “This gift is another example of the university’s generous commitment to ensure access to our services, which includes last month’s successful Dash & Dine event, this past week’s Greek Life food drive, and the variety of drives, donations and person-power that benefit the Amherst Survival Center throughout the year.”
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) is undergoing a Comprehensive Service Analysis and looking at each of the routes in its service area. It is expected that a commitment to permanent service for the Amherst Survival Center will be approved by the PVTA beginning in late August.