The Franklin Regional Transit Authority is considering making cuts to their bus service. They said there’s been a significant decline in state funding, and cutting bus service would help balance their budget.
The FRTA held a public hearing Thursday on their proposed service cuts at the Greenfield Transit Center. Possible changes include increasing fares between 15 and 25 cents and cutting a number of different bus routes.
FRTA buses travel across Franklin County and go as far as Northampton. This is the fourth consecutive year the transit authority has received reduced funding from the state.
“They go to Northampton, they go to Orange, all over Greenfield,” John Parks told 22News. “We need more riders, the more riders we get, then they may not have to do this.”
FRTA Administrator Tina Cote said these proposed service cuts are despite a significant increase in ridership over the past year and a half.
Cote said the proposed changes would go into effect July 1.
The FRTA will hold several more public hearings this month with the next one taking place Tuesday night at 5 at the Transit Center.