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Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority
Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority
(BARTA), previously Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority, is a public transportation system serving the city of Reading and its surrounding area of Berks County, Pennsylvania. Dennis D. Louwerse, the long-time executive director/CEO at BARTA, died on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the age of 68. He became the executive director at BARTA in 1983, and he was the executive director for 30 years until his death in 2013. David W. Kilmer is currently the executive director at BARTA and Red Rose Transit Authority.[2]

Contents

1 History 2 Current routes

2.1 Cooperation with other agencies

3 Fares 4 Transit facilities

4.1 BARTA Transportation Center 4.2 Franklin Street Station 4.3 Park and ride
Park and ride
locations

5 BARTA's fleet

5.1 Current fleet 5.2 Retired fleet (as of November 2015)

6 Paratransit

6.1 Current fleet

7 References 8 External links

History[edit] BARTA was created with the cooperation of the Berks County and the City of Reading in 1973 to purchase the failing Reading Bus Company. On October 8, 1973, BARTA began bus operations. The BARTA Special Services paratransit service was formed in 1978 when 33 social service agencies in Berks County consolidated their transportation systems. In 1992, BARTA became the first small public transit agency in the United States to use Compressed Natural Gas
Compressed Natural Gas
(CNG) buses. A grant from the Federal Transit Administration
Federal Transit Administration
in 1993 allowed BARTA to eliminate the pedestrian mall along Penn Street in downtown Reading and reopen the road to traffic. As part of this, Penn Street between 4th and 6th streets was restored and bus shelters and berths were built. The BARTA Transportation Center at 7th and Cherry streets opened in 2002 to serve as a hub for BARTA buses. In 2005, the BARTA Park-N-Transit garage with 350 parking spaces opened at 7th and Franklin streets. The same year, a new logo for BARTA and paint scheme for buses was introduced. The agency also started investing in electric-diesel hybrid buses. In 2010, BARTA became a county authority, overseen by the County of Berks, reflecting its focus on regionalism instead of centralism on the city of Reading. The former Reading Railroad Franklin Street Station was refurbished and reopened to bus service on September 9, 2013.[3] Current routes[edit] BARTA operates most of its present route network on a hub and spoke type system, in which most passengers transfer between routes at a central location, the BARTA Transportation Center.[4]

Route Line Name Terminals Places Served Notes

1

Temple via Fifth Street BARTA Transportation Center Walmart
Walmart
at North Reading Plaza 5th Street, 5th Street Highway, Fairgrounds Square Mall, Penn Plaza, Plaza 222, Muhlenberg Shopping Center, Target, Temple operates Monday-Sunday

2

Fairgrounds Square Market BARTA Transportation Center Fairgrounds Square Market 9th Street/10th Street, Exeter Street, 11th Street, Rockland Street, Kutztown Road, Madison Avenue, 5th Street Highway, Fairgrounds Square Mall operates Friday-Saturday

3

Temple via Kutztown Road BARTA Transportation Center Walmart
Walmart
at North Reading Plaza 8th Street/9th Street, Kutztown Road, Temple operates Monday-Saturday

4

10th-11th Streets BARTA Transportation Center 10th and Exeter streets Penn Street, 11th Street, Rockland Plaza, 10th Street operates Monday-Sunday

5

Albright College via 12th-13th Streets BARTA Transportation Center Reservoir Road and Hampden Boulevard 12th Street/13th Street, Reading Senior High School, Weis Market, Albright College, Hampden Boulevard operates Monday-Saturday

7

Pennside BARTA Transportation Center Stony Creek Towne Houses Penn Street, Perkiomen Avenue, 23rd Street, Carsonia Avenue, Pennside, Butter Lane operates Monday-Saturday

8

Reiffton/Shelbourne Square/Birdsboro BARTA Transportation Center Birdsboro Penn Street, Perkiomen Avenue, Reiffton, Boscov's
Boscov's
at Reading Mall, Exeter Commons, U.S. Route 422, Redner's
Redner's
at Shelbourne Square Park and Ride, Walmart
Walmart
at Exeter Square, Lincoln Road operates Monday-Sunday, weekend service terminates at Walmart
Walmart
at Exeter Square

9

Grill via Kenhorst BARTA Transportation Center Redner's
Redner's
at Kenhorst Plaza 4th Street, South Reading, KVP Factory, Alvernia University, Sencit Towne House Apartments, Kenhorst, Grill operates Monday-Saturday

10

Brookline BARTA Transportation Center East Wyomissing Boulevard and Margaret Street 4th Street/6th Street, South Reading, Lancaster Avenue, Brookline Plaza, Hancock Boulevard operates Monday-Sunday

11

Mohnton via Shillington BARTA Transportation Center Main and Church streets in Mohnton 4th Street, South Reading, Lancaster Avenue, Shillington Shopping Center, Shillington, Ollie's Bargain Outlet/Fulton Bank, Wyomissing Avenue operates Monday-Saturday

12

Lincoln Park via Reading Hospital BARTA Transportation Center Berkshire Hills Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, Reading Hospital, Reading Boulevard, The Highlands at Wyomissing, Kmart
Kmart
at Lincoln Plaza Shopping Center, Spring Towne Center operates Monday-Saturday

14

Wernersville via Sinking Spring BARTA Transportation Center Wernersville State Hospital or McDonald's
McDonald's
Park and Ride in Womelsdorf Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, VF Outlet, Sinking Spring, Redner's
Redner's
at Sinking Spring Plaza, U.S. Route 422, Phoebe Berks Village, Wernersville operates Monday-Saturday, limited service to Womelsdorf

15

Berkshire Mall BARTA Transportation Center Giant on State Hill Road (Monday-Saturday) or Walmart
Walmart
at Berkshire Square (Sunday) Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, VF Outlet, State Hill Road, Berkshire Mall, Walmart
Walmart
at Berkshire Square operates Monday-Sunday

16

Broadcasting Square BARTA Transportation Center Target at Broadcasting Square Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, VF Outlet, Park Road, Penn State Berks operates Monday-Sunday

17

Glenside/Airport/Berks Heim BARTA Transportation Center St. Joseph Medical Center or Berks Heim Schuylkill Avenue, Bernville Road, Reading Regional Airport, MacArthur Road operates Monday-Saturday, limited service to Berks Heim

18

Schuylkill Avenue BARTA Transportation Center Windsor Street and Schuylkill Avenue or Penn State Health St. Joseph Downtown Reading, Penn Street, Front Street, Windsor Street, Schuylkill Avenue operates Monday-Sunday, limited evening service to Penn State Health St. Joseph

19

Riverside/FirstEnergy Stadium/Cotton Street 19th and Cotton streets FirstEnergy Stadium Park and Ride Cotton Street/Perkiomen Avenue, Downtown Reading, BARTA Transportation Center, 6th Street/8th Street, PriceRite, Spring Street, Riverside School, Centre Avenue operates Monday-Sunday, no Sunday service between BARTA Transportation Center and FirstEnergy Stadium

20

Route 61/Hamburg BARTA Transportation Center Cabela's Centre Avenue, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Route 61, Redner's
Redner's
Leesport Park and Ride, Leesport, Shoemakersville, Redner's
Redner's
Hamburg Park and Ride, Hamburg operates Monday-Saturday

22

Lyon Station/East Penn-Deka BARTA Transportation Center East Penn Manufacturing Company-Deka in Lyons 8th Street/9th Street, Kutztown Road, U.S. Route 222 Business, Park Road, Blandon, Fleetwood, Fleetwood-Lyons Road operates Monday-Friday

Cooperation with other agencies[edit] As of September 9, 2013, BARTA has expanded its service on a trial basis to Lebanon with connecting service on Lebanon Transit
Lebanon Transit
to Harrisburg. This service replaced previously abandoned coach service operated by Bieber Tourways, on July 1, 2013.[5] BARTA discontinued its service to Lebanon on January 31, 2014 due to low ridership. Fares[edit] The base cash fare to ride on BARTA buses is $1.70. Certain routes have an additional zone fare of $0.25 for travel outside the base zone. Transfers from one route to another are available for $0.25 and must be used within two hours of being issued. Students in grades 1-12 may ride for $1.20 with a Student ID card. Medicare Card holders and disabled people with proper ID may ride BARTA for $0.85. Senior citizens may ride BARTA for free with proper ID. Up to three children age 5 and under may ride for free with a fare-paying adult.[6] BARTA offers various discount fares and passes for riders. Ten Trip Tickets provide ten bus trips and cost $17.30 for Adult Anywhere and $11.00 for Student Anywhere. The One Day Pass provides unlimited rides in a single day and costs $3.00 if purchased in advance and $4.00 if purchased onboard the bus. The 31 Day Pass provides unlimited rides in a 31-day period and costs $47.00 for Adult Anywhere and $29.00 for Student Anywhere. The 31 Day Park-N-Ride Pass is valid for rides in a 31-day period to and from park and ride lots only and costs $31.00.[6] Transit facilities[edit] BARTA Transportation Center[edit] The BARTA Transportation Center
BARTA Transportation Center
is located at 7th and Cherry streets in Downtown Reading and is where all BARTA bus routes connect. The transportation center has an enclosed waiting area, restrooms, customer service office, a break area for bus drivers, a community police station, and a 101-space parking garage. The BARTA Transportation Center has ten berths that the buses stop at and announces arriving and departing buses over the PA system and through information displays in the waiting and loading areas.[3][7] Franklin Street Station[edit] Main article: Reading Franklin Street Terminal

The Reading Franklin Street train terminal was converted to a bus terminal in 2013. Buses enter from Cherry Street.

The former Reading Railroad Franklin Street Station
Reading Railroad Franklin Street Station
was refurbished and also has bus service. The station has a waiting area for passengers, customer service area, transportation museum, and space for passenger amenities. The station is intended to be used for future express and long-distance bus services.[3][7] Park and ride
Park and ride
locations[edit] BARTA operates five park and ride lots across Berks County:[8]

FirstEnergy Stadium (Route 19) Redner's
Redner's
in Hamburg (Route 20) Redner's
Redner's
in Leesport (Route 20) Shelbourne Square in Exeter Township (Route 8) Womelsdorf (Route 14)

BARTA's fleet[edit] BARTA's fleet consists of 52 buses, consisting mostly of Gillig BRT buses. 30 of them are 35 foot buses, and the remaining 22 are 40 foot buses. BARTA's fixed route fleet was mostly buses powered by Detroit Diesel engines until the production of the Detroit Diesel
Detroit Diesel
Series 50 was cut in late 2004. Then BARTA ordered their 05, 07 and 08 Gillig BRTs with Cummins
Cummins
ISL. The first 2 digits of the bus numbers indicate the year the bus was ordered. Even in the 2000s and 2010s. All of BARTA's buses from 2010 and earlier are equipped with Allison Transmissions, and all of them have Bendix air brakes. As of 2009, BARTA has received 40 foot Gillig BRT hybrid electric buses, which use the Cummins
Cummins
ISB engine. In 2009 and 2010, BARTA received 9 Gillig BRT hybrids with the Allison EP-40 hybrid drive system. As of 2015, BARTA has received additional Gillig BRT hybrids, which are series hybrids equipped with BAE Systems
BAE Systems
HybriDrive Series-E.[9] Current fleet[edit]

Fleet Number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

0431-0432 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40' Detroit Diesel
Detroit Diesel
Series 50 Allison B400R

Expected to be retired in 2018

0533-0549 2005 Gillig BRT 35' Cummins
Cummins
ISL Allison B400R

Some will be replaced with 35 ft. hybrids in 2018.

0750-0756 2007 Gillig BRT 35' Cummins
Cummins
ISL Allison B400R

0857-0862 2008 Gillig BRT 35' Cummins
Cummins
ISL Allison B400R

0881-0882 2008 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins
Cummins
ISL Allison B400R

0983-0984 2009 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins
Cummins
ISL Allison B400R

0991-0995 2009 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins
Cummins
ISB Allison EP-40

First hybrids owned by BARTA

1096-1099 2010 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins
Cummins
ISB Allison EP-40

1542-1544 2015 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins
Cummins
ISB6.7 BAE Hybrid System

1605-1608 2016 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins
Cummins
ISB6.7 BAE HDS-200 HybriDrive

Retired fleet (as of November 2015)[edit]

Fleet Number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

0301-0305 2003 Optima Opus 35' Cummins
Cummins
ISB Allison B300R

0304 was scrapped after having a fire in January 2008. 0301-0303 & 0305 were put up for auction on 11/13/2015.

0321-0323 2003 New Flyer D40LF Detroit Diesel
Detroit Diesel
Series 50 Allison B400R

All 3 units put up for auction on 11/13/2015.

0406-0410 2004 Optima Opus 35' Cummins
Cummins
ISB Allison B300R

0410 was donated to Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center on 12/12/2016. One of the other units was donated to Berks Career & Technology Center on 12/18/2016. The other 3 units were diverted to County of Lackawanna Transit System (COLTS) to fill a gap with the lack of buses in COLTS's fleet.[10]

Paratransit[edit] The BARTA Special
Special
Services Division provides Shared Ride bus service offering consolidated trips between customers’ origins and destinations that are not well served by fixed route bus service. Often referred to as “Paratransit,” Shared Ride operates during limited hours and specific travel areas.[11] Current fleet[edit]

Fleet Number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes

1101-1119 1131-1136

2011 Ford/Coach & Equipment E-450/Phoenix

Fuel is unleaded gasoline. Most of these units have been replaced with 2016-2017 Ford E-450 gasoline cutaways. The remaining 5 units will be replaced with 2018 Ford E-450 gasoline cutaways.

1237-1241 2012 Ford/Coach & Equipment E-450/Hybrid

Equipped with VTM Ultra Capacitor Hybrid Propulsion System

1301-1302 2013 Ford/Coach & Equipment E-450/Phoenix

Converted to electric by Amp Electric Vehicles

1401-1403 2014 Ford E-350

Flexible-fuel vehicles Raised-roof paratransit vans operated by Easton Coach

1404-1409 2014 Ford/Champion E-450/Challenger

Operated by Easton Coach

1410-1416 2014 Ford/Coach & Equipment E-450/Hybrid

Equipped with VTM Ultra Capacitor Hybrid Propulsion System

1517-1519 2015 Ford/Champion E-450/Challenger

Operated by Easton Coach

1546-1548 2015 Ford/Champion E-450/Challenger

Unleaded gasoline powered

1649-1655 2016 Ford/Champion E-450/Challenger

Unleaded gasoline powered

1756-1767 2017 Ford/Champion E-450/Challenger

Unleaded gasoline powered

References[edit]

^ About Barta Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. BARTA. Retrieved on 2008-01-25. ^ David W. Kilmer Faces in the News ^ a b c "BARTA History". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 4, 2018.  ^ "Bus Schedules". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 15, 2016.  ^ BARTA Express Reading Lebanon Harrisburg Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. ^ a b "Fares". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 4, 2018.  ^ a b "Transit Centers". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 5, 2018.  ^ "Park N Ride". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 5, 2018.  ^ 2015 SCTA Annual Report ^ COLTS leases buses from Lancaster, Berks County to supplement fleet ^ "BARTA Paratransit
Paratransit
Service". BARTA. Retrieved April 11, 2018. 

External links[edit]

BARTAs official website BARTA photo gallery

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Mass transit in the Delaware Valley

Transit buses

SEPTA Philadelphia Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties

Krapf Transit Philadelphia PHLASH

Pottstown Pottstown Area Rapid Transit

Reading Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority

West Chester-Coatesville-Exton-Downingtown Transportation Management Association of Chester County

NJ Transit Camden, Gloucester, and Salem County suburban service Camden, Gloucester, and Salem County local service Atlantic and Cape May County local service Long-distance local routes from Philadelphia Long-distance routes from Atlantic City

DART First State Kent County New Castle County inter-county

Cecil County Cecil Transit

Commuter rail

SEPTA
SEPTA
Regional Rail Airport Line Chestnut Hill East Line Chestnut Hill West Line Cynwyd Line Fox Chase Line Lansdale/Doylestown Line Manayunk/Norristown Line Media/Elwyn Line Paoli/Thorndale Line Trenton Line Warminster Line West Trenton Line Wilmington/Newark Line

NJ Transit Atlantic City Line

Rapid transit
Rapid transit
and light rail

SEPTA Broad Street Line Market–Frankford Line Norristown High Speed Line Subway–Surface trolleys Route 15 Routes 101 and 102

Delaware River Port Authority PATCO Speedline

NJ Transit River Line

Proposed Schuylkill Valley Metro
Schuylkill Valley Metro
(cancelled) Greenline (cancelled) Glassboro–Camden Line Camden-Philadelphia BRT

Intercity Bus

Bieber BoltBus Greyhound Lines Martz Trailways Megabus OurBus Peter Pan Bus Lines Trans-Bridge Lines

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Reading in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Attractions

The Pagoda Historic Places GoggleWorks Reading Public Museum Historical Society of Berks County Berkshire Mall Fairgrounds Square Mall Santander Arena

Transportation

BARTA Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
Franklin Street Station Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
Outer Station Reading Regional Airport Schuylkill Valley Metro
Schuylkill Valley Metro
(cancelled)

Entertainment

Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra Reading Choral Society Berks Youth Chorus

Education

Reading School District

Reading High School Reading Intermediate High School

Albright College Alvernia University Reading Area Community College Penn State Berks

Industry

Boscov's Carpenter Technology Corporation Penske Truck Leasing Redner's
Redner's
Markets Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
(defunct) Philadelphia and Reading Railroad
Reading Railroad
(defunct) Daniels Motor Company (defunct) VF Corporation
VF Corporation
(former)

Sports

Reading Fightin Phils Reading Royals Reading United A.C.

Newspapers

Reading Eagle

Radio

W207AE W222BY W225CF W249AT W253AC W257DI W279BS W279CB W296CL W300BZ WAVT-FM WEEU WBYN-FM WIOV WIOV-FM WMGH-FM WRAW WRFY-FM WXAC W

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