Great Barrington Select Board OKs Ride$hare plan


GREAT BARRINGTON -- Buoyed by the support of Police Chief William R. Walsh, the Board of Selectmen has unanimously endorsed the Ride$hare program proposed by resident Chip Elitzer.

"The chief is in support of it as long as we can work out the safety issues," said Sgt. Bill Bartini, speaking on behalf of Walsh. "We think it could be successful."

Specifically, said Bartini, police wanted to make sure residents seeking a ride would not stand out in the middle of the road to get one, disrupting traffic.

Elitzer’s proposal suggests that residents seeking a ride would stand on the side of a road with their outstretched hand forming a "V" with their index and third finger.

The request for the ride and the acceptance by the driver, as well as some form of compensation, all would be voluntary. Elitzer’s suggestion would be 50 cents per 10 miles. But selectmen ultimately opted to avoid any discussion of compensation, leaving that the riders and hitchhikers.

Elitzer’s points, with which the board agreed, was that Ride$haring would save gas, expand potential job seeking and create a more developed sense of community.

Selectman Chairman Deborah Phillips said that in the wake of the relatively limited public transportation system in the county, the plan could be beneficial.

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