Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
|Headquarters||2808 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01107
|Service area||Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.|
|Service type||Local bus transit|
Peter Pan headquarters,Holyoke Transportation Center
|Fleet||174 buses, 144 vans|
|Operator||First Transit, University of Massachusetts Amherst|
The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) oversees and coordinates public transportation in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Currently the PVTA offers fixed-route bus service as well as paratransit service for the elderly and disabled. The PVTA was created by Chapter 161B of the Massachusetts General Laws in 1974. It is based in Springfield, Massachusetts and serves Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.
|Adults 13 and older||Children 6 to 12||Children under 6||Seniors 60 and older||Transfer|
Students attending one of the Five Colleges are able to ride local PVTA buses without paying a fare only during the school year, as a small transit fee is included in their semester bills.
Go to PVTA to view a full roster of buses and scheduling information.
|Green 1||Chicopee / Center Street / Sumner Avenue|
|Green 1e||Sumner Express|
|Green 2||Carew Street / Belmont Avenue|
|Green 3||Springfield Plaza / King St & Springfield College via Walnut St|
|Blue 4||Plainfield Street|
|Green 5||Dickinson Street / Longmeadow||Connects with CT Transit Hartford's 5E-Enfield Express route.|
|Blue 7||Boston Road / Eastfield Mall|
|Green 8||Orange Street|
|Red 10||Westfield / Westfield State College|
|Purple 11||Holyoke Community College Express|
|Blue 12||Stonybrook Express (Hampden County
Correctional Facility at Stonybrook)
|Blue 13||Maple Street|
|Red 14||Feeding Hills / Agawam Industrial Park|
|Blue 15/17||B17 Eastfield Mall via Worthington St & Wilbraham Rd
B15 Oak Grove via Pearl St.
|Green 19||Springfield Plaza / Fairview via Chicopee & Westover|
|Purple 20||Holyoke via Riverdale / Holyoke Mall (also Holyoke Mall via I-91 Express)|
|Purple 21||Holyoke via Chicopee Center / Holyoke via I-391 Express|
|Red 22||Holyoke / Aldenville|
|Blue 23||Holyoke / Westfield via Holyoke Community College|
|Red 24||Holyoke Center / Holyoke Mall via Holyoke Hospital
(Soldiers Home/Jarvis on Saturday)
|Red 25||Holyoke / Granby via South Hadley & Holyoke Flats
(No South Hadley or Granby on Sat, see R24)
|Red 27||Wilbraham / Eastfield Mall|
|Red 29||Amherst / Holyoke||Operates Mon-Thurs during academic year; 4 round trips daily.|
|Gold 30||North Amherst / Old Belchertown Road|
|Pink 31||Sunderland / South Amherst|
|Green 32||Puffer's Pond / Atkins Corner|
|Blue 34||Orchard Hill / Campus Shuttle (Northbound)|
|Blue 35||Orchard Hill / Campus Shuttle (Southbound)|
|Blue 37||Amity Shuttle|
|Orange 38||UMass / Hampshire College / Mount Holyoke College|
|Orange 39/39E||Smith College / Hampshire College / Mount Holyoke College||Includes 39E Express van service M-F from Smith to Mt. Molyoke|
|Maroon 40||Minuteman Express via Rte. 9 (Northampton/UMASS)|
|Red 41||Northampton / Holyoke Community College via Easthampton|
|Red 42||Northampton / Williamsburg|
|Blue 43||Northampton / Hadley / Amherst|
|Red 44||Florence Heights/Northampton/Hampshire Plaza/
Hampshire County Correctional Facility
|Green 45||Gatehouse Road/ UMass / Belchertown Center|
|Green 46||UMass / South Deerfield|
|Blue 48||Northampton / Veterans Park / Holyoke Mall (Holyoke Mall via transfer to Route 20 Bus)|
|NE||Easthampton Nashawannuck Express|
|BTS||Belchertown - Ware Shuttle|
|OWL||Westfield State College Shuttle|
Owl Shuttle: Westfield State College campus shuttle
NE: Nashawannuck Express Service between Easthampton and Northampton that runs on a fixed route, but can be route-deviated for passengers with mobility issues
WS: Ware Shuttle Ware/Palmer Ocean State Job Lot
BTS: Belchertown/Ware Wal-Mart
PV: Palmer/Eastfield Mall (Springfield)/Ware (Wal-Mart)
PVTA also offers connections to the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) at the University of Massachusetts (Haigis Mall stop, for the FRTA Greenfield/Turners Falls/Montague Route), and connects to FRTA's "Valley Route" at the Academy of Music in Downtown Northampton, and South Deerfield Center for service to/from Franklin County and the upper Pioneer Valley. FRTA services on those routes operate on Weekdays only. PVTA connects with Connecticut Transit (CTTRANSIT) Route 5 at Mass Mutual on Bright Meadow Road in Enfield, CT. CTTRANSIT Route 5 provides express services between Enfield and downtown Hartford via Interstate 91, with some trips also stopping in Windsor Locks. CTTRANSIT connection available at weekday peak times only.
Internal Organizational Structure
Springfield Area Transit Company
The Springfield Area Transit Company operates the southern portion of PVTA's service area, routes which serve the Springfield, Westfield, and Holyoke areas. The Springfield Area Transit Company is managed by First Transit.
UMass Transit Services
UMass Transit Services operates northern portion of PVTA's service area, routes which serve the Amherst, Sunderland, Belchertown and Hadley areas. UMass Transit Services is managed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst; services are operated by students.
Valley Area Transit Company
The Valley Area Transit Company operates the central portion of PVTA's service area, routes which serve the Northampton, Hadley and Holyoke areas. The Valley Area Transit Company serves as the critical link between the larger land areas of the northern and southern service areas. The Valley Area Transit Company is managed by First Transit.
Paratransit service is provided by:
- Hulmes Transportation - Eastern Tier, Belchertown, Granby, Palmer, Ware
- Hulmes Transportation - Western Tier, Agawam, Westfield, and West Springfield
- Hulmes Transportation - Northern Tier, Amherst, Easthampton, Hadley, Northampton, Sunderland, and Williamsburg
- Hulmes Transportation - Southeastern Tier, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, and Wilbraham
- Mass Services for Seniors - Springfield Tier
- VOC - Central Tier, Chicopee, Holyoke, Ludlow, and South Hadley
- UMass Transit Special Transit Services - UMass area; for Students, Faculty, and Staff connected with the university.
Accounting Errors Investigation
An audit in 2005 revealed that the PVTA made approximately $10 million in accounting errors on a transportation development project at Springfield's Union Station. Initial reports said PVTA could owe the federal government as much as $4 million. That amount was reduced in 2009 to less than $1 million. A federal probe in 2006 also targeted some PVTA employees. Subsequently, Administrator Gary Shepard resigned in 2006 after being put on leave by the Advisory Board, but he was never charged with any offense.