The BRTA is prepping for increasing fares and reducing services.

Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Administrator Robert Malnati said the state's funding for the organization is flat in the governor's budget.

IBerkshires.com reports that the organization says fixed costs such as salary increases, health insurance, fuel, and liability insurance is expected to increase. Thus, the authority is planning its budget trying to find $378,400 in savings elsewhere.

Malnati is presenting options to the ridership over a series of six public hearings.

He presented a menu of options for eliminating or combining fixed routes, reducing the number of runs, aligning paratransit operations with non-paratransit runs, and raising fares.