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PVTA Board To Consider Service Improvements


A plan to expand transit bus service in western Massachusetts will be unveiled next week.

   Pioneer Valley Transit Authority Administrator Mary MacInnes said the plan calls for using $4 million in additional state funding to improve and expand service in the two dozen communities served by the PVTA including Springfield, Holyoke, Northampton and Amherst.

  " If we can improve frequencies, make service more direct it will be more attractive to additional people to ride. We really feel we are going to dramatically increase ridership."

   The comprehensive plan will be presented to the PVTA Advisory Board at its February meeting. The board will hold public hearings before implementing any changes in bus routes and schedules.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.