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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.

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