Five College consortium urging state leaders to increase public transportation budget

Five College consortium urging state leaders to increase public transportation budget


22NEWS AT 5:30. I’M BARRY KRIGER. ASHLEY: AND I’M ASHLEY AFONSO. ANC: WE’VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT PROPOSED PVTA SERVICE CUTS AND NOW THE FIVE COLLEGES ARE URGING STATE LEADERS TO BOOST THE BUDGET FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. 22NEWS REPORTER TASHANEA WHITLOW JOINS US FROM OUR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY BUREAU AFTER SPEAKING WITH PEOPLE WHO RIDE THE BUSES. TASHANEA: THE PVTA IS FACING A $3.1 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET DEFICIT. AND THEY’VE SAID THEY MAY HAVE TO ELIMINATE SOME ROUTES. RIDERS TOLD 22NEWS, THE TRANSIT AUTHORITY AND THE STATE NEED TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO DEAL WITH THE DEFICIT AND NOT CUT SERVICE. THE FIVE COLLEGE CONSORTIUM HAS SENT A LETTER TO STATE LEADERS URGING THEM TO INCREASE THE STATE’S REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS BUDGET. GOVERNOR BAKER’S PROPOSED BUDGET WOULD COVER THE RTA BUDGET FOR A FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR. ILONA MURREY, EASTHAMPTON IF THEY ELIMINATE THE BOTH OF THOSE THE NASHAWANNUCK AND PVTA BUS THERE WOULD BE NO OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET TO NORTHAMPTON FOR OUR VOLUNTEER JOBS. OLIVIA KIPLING-BROWNLOW, SOUTH HADLEY AND IT WOULD ALSO MAKE IT HARDER TO DO ANY 5 COLLEGE CLASSES. CUTS WOULD MAKE IT A LOT HARDER TO GO TO ANY OF THOSE CLASSES. TASHANEA WHITLOW: SOME CURRENT BUS ROUTES COULD BE REDUCED FROM NINE TRIPS PER DAY DOWN TO FOUR TRIPS. OTHER CHANGES COULD INCLUDE HAVING BUSES COME EVERY 80 MINUTES, RATHER THAN EVERY 40 MINUTES. PVTA IS CONSIDERING SYSTEM-WIDE SERVICE CUTS AND FARE INCREASES, WHICH RIDERS COULD SEE GO INTO EFFECT

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