The Pioneer Valley will get a new express bus connecting Northampton, the Holyoke Mall, and downtown Springfield this summer.
The the Pioneer Valley Transity Authority (PVTA) recently received a $487,000 grant from MassDOT to pilot a new Northampton-Holyoke-Springfield Express bus route.
The pilot would provide hourly bus service, between Northampton, the Holyoke Mall, and Union Station in downtown Springfield, bewteen 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays. Buses between Holyoke Mall and Union Station would run every 30 minutes.
A similar bus trip between Northampton and Springfield is possible today, but it requires a transfer in downtown Holyoke, and takes at least an hour. The new express route will make the trip in about 35 minutes.
Brockton Area Transit won $10,000 to continue funding lower-cost commuter rail passes between Brockton and Boston, plus $319,750 to sustain its expanded service to Stoughton;
Berkshire RTA and Southeastern RTA (in Fall River-New Bedford) each won grants to sustain evening bus service on several routes;
Franklin RTA, GATRA (serving the Taunton-Attleboro region), MetroWest RTA (in Framingham and Natick), and Worcester RTA all won grants to continue or expand their existing pilots of on-demand "microtransit" services.