Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
Public Virtual Hearings

The PVTA Advisory Board approved PVTA holding Virtual Public Hearings on the Ware-Palmer Shuttle & Quaboag Microtransit as well as the Amherst/Worcester Intercity Service at their January 27, 2021 Advisory Board Meeting.

Ware-Palmer Shuttle & Quaboag Microtransit:

PVTA and the Quaboag Connector have received funding to acquire scheduling software for the Quaboag region that will allow us to integrate portions of our system in the Palmer/Ware area with Quaboag's to coordinate service and provide more effective transit solutions. This partnership will allow us to enhance service in the area, including resuming a second circulator operated by Quaboag Connector. Hulmes will operate a redefined deviated fixed-route circulator in Palmer and provide more frequent connections to Springfield both at Union Station and the Eastfield Mall area of Springfield. Once the scheduling software is installed, we will initiate a microtransit option in the region. This will allow for the scheduling of same-day trips and provide access to transit for riders who live within ¾ mile of the fixed route. Because these changes will likely impact the number of service hours and miles significantly, public hearings need to be held.

Amherst/Worcester Intercity Service:

PVTA will receive funding to implement a new route that will directly connect the PVTA service area and the WRTA and the MBTA Union Station in Worcester. PVTA and Quaboag Connector will partner to operate this route. Quaboag will operate the route with PVTA providing the vehicle and providing maintenance support and garaging. The route will begin in the Amherst Center and end at Union Station in Worcester with stops in most town centers in each community along the Route-9 Corridor from Amherst to Worcester. This route will operate as a commuter route with a different fare structure than typical PVTA routes.  Fares on this route are proposed to range from $3.50 to $9.00 depending on the origin and destination. Because this is a new route, public hearings need to be held.

Please join one of PVTA’s virtual public hearings and voice your opinion on these proposals.

Ware-Palmer Shuttle & Quaboag Microtransit Public Hearings

Join a Public Hearing from your computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting: www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting

Public Hearing #1: Ware-Palmer Shuttle & Quaboag Microtransit:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting
GoToMeeting ID: 603356589
Phone #: +1 (786) 535-3211
Access Code: 603-356-589

Public Hearing #2: Ware-Palmer Shuttle & Quaboag Microtransit:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting
GoToMeeting ID: 409974293
Phone #: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 409-974-293

Additional Ways to Comment on Proposal:

Email: Comments@pvta.com
Phone: Call (413) 732-6248 x2237 and leave up to a 3-min message.
Online: Complete comment form below.

Language Translation

Language translation as well as signing and interpretation for hearing and visual disabilities is available. Contact Zoraida at 413-732-6248 x2237 or use the PVTA contact page to send a note to Zoraida Valentin at least 7 days before hearing date to arrange.

Download Documents for Ware-Palmer Shuttle & Quaboag Microtransit Public Hearing
Public Hearing Notice - English Public Hearing Information - English
Public Hearing Notice - Spanish Public Hearing Information - Spanish

Posted April 5, 2021 @ 3:30pm

Amherst/Worcester Intercity Service Public Hearings

Join a Public Hearing from your computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting: www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting

Public Hearing #1: Amherst/Worcester Intercity Service:

Monday, April 26, 2021
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting
GoToMeeting ID: 300879149
Phone #: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 300-879-149

Public Hearing #2: Amherst/Worcester Intercity Service:

Monday, April 26, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
www.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join-meeting
GoToMeeting ID: 317445805
Phone #: +1 (872) 240-3212
Access Code: 317-445-805

Additional Ways to Comment on Proposal:

Email: Comments@pvta.com
Phone: Call (413) 732-6248 x2237 and leave up to a 3-min message
Online: Complete comment form below.

Language Translation

Language translation as well as signing and interpretation for hearing and visual disabilities is available. Contact Zoraida at 413-732-6248 x2237 or use the PVTA contact page to send a note to Zoraida Valentin at least 7 days before hearing date to arrange.

Download Documents for Amherst-Worcester Intercity Route Virtual Public Hearing
Public Hearing Notice - English Public Hearing Information - English
Public Hearing Notice - Spanish Public Hearing Information - Spanish

Posted April 5, 2021 @ 3:30pm

Public Virtual Hearings Comment Form