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Be part of public transit and help get better bus service for everyone!
Williams is partnering with the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) to support student, faculty, and staff transportation needs and to help expand bus service between Williamstown, North Adams, and Pittsfield for everyone in North Berkshire. Williams students, faculty and staff can ride FREE (when showing Williams ID) as they travel to volunteer, work, shop or just explore the Route 2 and Route 7 corridors into North Adams and Pittsfield! The most relevant routes are listed below. For complete bus schedules, route maps and fare information, go to the BRTA website at berkshirerta.com.
The more we ride the bus, the stronger the case the BRTA will be able to make to the State for more and better service in our region. Students, faculty, and staff can help by taking the bus often and providing feedback, both on this site and directly to the BRTA. Help us move quickly up the learning curve and double our ridership by the end of this year! Check this site and WSO for updates, promotions and other ways you can help.
Paula Consolini on behalf of the Bus with Us Planning Group
New Expanded Services:
Route #3 Special (Route 2 Corridor) Mid-Afternoon Run– This weekday mid-afternoon bus run (added to the regular #3 Service between Williamstown and North Adams) begins at the Williams Inn at 2:30pm and runs to downtown North Adams and back, returning back to the Inn by about 3:30pm.
Off-Service Bus Access from Pittsfield to Williamstown via Route 7– This service provides the opportunity for riders to take the BRTA buses on their way to and from Pittsfield to begin the #3 runs in North County. The early morning off-service bus leaves the BRTA garage south of the Allendale shopping area at 6:20am traveling via Crane Avenue to Route 7 arriving at the Williams Inn by 7:15. The mid-afternoon #3 bus travels from the Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) in downtown Pittsfield beginning at 1:45pm. It runs up Route 7 arriving at the Williams Inn by 2:30pm. These buses provide service on their way back to Pittsfield, departing the Williams Inn at 3:30pm and 6:40pm, respectively. Interested riders should contact the BRTA to arrange pick up along these routes.
REMEMBER: Williams students, faculty and staff ride free (when showing Williams ID) on all the north Berkshire routes (#1, #3, #31/33 and Off Service options) during the academic year. For main schedules, route maps and other transit information go to: http://www.berkshirerta.com/schedules.php
Smartphone users can use a new app to follow the BRTA bus. Here’s how:
BRTA BUS INFORMATION VIA SMARTPHONE
From the FREE marketplace, install the RouteShout application. Using your phone’s GPS location, this application will list nearby stops and provide the next available bus time.
Or from your phone’s browser application:
1. Type in: m.routeshout.com
2. Choose RouteShout, then from the transit agency listing at the bottom of the page, locate the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority in Massachusetts
3. From the main menu, choose either route, address, or “locate me”
4. If you chose route, click on the route number, then your stop, for the next available bus time