Five College Consortium

PVTA's proposed service changes, winter 2018

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), which operates the Five College bus routes as well as dozens more in the region, is facing a potential budget shortfall for 2018-19 of more than $3 million. To address it, PVTA is proposing a variety of changes to all the routes it operates. An overview of its proposals for changes in the Five College bus routes is below. PVTA is sensitive to feedback from its riders, and there are many ways to offer them your comments.

For an understanding of the reasons behind PVTA's budget shortfall see "Key issues regarding the PVTA proposed service cuts."

View names and contact information for legislatos in the PVTA service area. 

38
UMass—Amherst College—Hampshire College—Mount Holyoke

• Reduced weekday frequency after 8:00 PM, from every 40 minutes to every 80 minutes.

• Saturday schedule will be changed to the current Sunday schedule: frequency will change from 40 minutes to 80 minutes; service will end at 12:45 a.m.

• Sunday service will be eliminated during Winter Session.

39
Mount Holyoke—Hampshire—Smith

• The 39 will no longer go between Hampshire College and Mount Holyoke College on weekday evenings and on weekends, but the 39 arriving at Hampshire College from Smith will connect with the 38 for a transfer to Mount Holyoke, and the 38 from Mount Holyoke to Hampshire College will connect with the 39 from Hampshire College to Smith.

• There will still be two weekday 39 express runs between Smith and Mount Holyoke (without stopping at Hampshire College), leaving Mount Holyoke at 5:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and leaving Smith at 4:45 p.m. and 5:55 p.m.

• Weekday evening (after 6:00 p.m.) trips will alternate between going from Hampshire College to the Hampshire Mall (where connections can be made with the B43) and going from Hampshire College to Smith College.

• All weekend trips will alternate between going from Hampshire College to the Hampshire Mall. (where connections can be made with the B43) and going from Hampshire College to Smith College.

• The Saturday and Sunday service will end at 11:45 p.m.

• Sunday service will be eliminated during Winter Session.

B43
Smith—UMass—Amherst

• 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. express trips will be eliminated.

• Saturday schedule during school periods will be changed to the current Sunday schedule; frequency will change from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, operating between 8:00 a.m. and midnight. There will be no B43 bus runs on Saturday nights after midnight.

• There will continue to be late-night service on Thursday and Friday nights.

• Saturday service will operate between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. during no-school periods.

• Sunday service will end at 10:00 p.m. during school and no-school periods.

• All holiday service will operate on the current Sunday schedule. 

There are many ways to offer PVTA comments on their proposed changes.

Attend a public hearing

Tuesday, February 27
7:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
This is an information session with the Mount Holyoke student government. It is open to all Five College community members. 

Wednesday, February 28
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 212 Main Street, Northampton

Thursday, March 1
12:00 Noon – 2:00 pm
UMass Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Rm 163C (lower level), Amherst

Tuesday, March 6
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst

Sign a petition
Five College students have created an online petition calling for the legislature to increase the budget for the state's bus system, so no reductions in PVTA service would be necessary. 

Contact PVTA directly:
comments@pvta.com  

Leave up to a three-minute message:
413-732-6248  x239

Take a survey 
PVTA has created an online survey to collect rider feedback on it proposed service reductions and on the fare increase it is proposing. 

Mail comments to:
Sandra Sheehan, PVTA Administrator
2808 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01107

Updated February 22, 2018