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Five Colleges Ask PVTA To Reconsider Proposed Cuts to Bus Service

PVTA is inviting comments to the proposed cuts at public hearings and by email and phone

Hampshire College and the Five Colleges are appealing to the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority to reconsider proposed cuts to bus service on nearly two dozen routes including some of the ones serving consortium campuses. Students and employees who will be affected by these cuts are encouraged to contact the PVTA Advisory Board, which is currently holding hearings and taking public comments by email and phone, as detailed below.

Routes being considered for elimination include the R39, traveling between Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Smith; and the M40, an express run between Smith and UMass. Several other PVTA routes used by students are being considered for reduction or elimination, including the R29, 34, 35, 46, B48 and the Tiger Trolley.

The campuses and consortium are using a number of approaches for arguing against route reductions. Five Colleges has partnered with PVTA and area towns since 1979 to subsidize these and other public transit routes connecting the campuses, which pay about $600,000 each year to support the routes. These routes are used for over one million rides each year.  

How to Share Comments with the PVTA


Leave a recorded message at 413-732-6248 x235

Attend the public hearing in Northampton on Thursday, June 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers behind City Hall, or attend another public hearing: Information on other hearings.

Write: Sandra Sheehan, Administrator, PVTA, 2808 Main St., Springfield, MA 01107

For More Information

PVTA information page

Five College Consortium information page


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