Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority

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Berks Area Regional
Transportation Authority
BARTA logo.png
Reading BARTA bus.jpg
BARTA bus in downtown Reading.
Slogan More than a ride!
Founded 1973[1]
Headquarters Reading, Pennsylvania
Service area Berks County, Pennsylvania
Service type public transit
Hubs BARTA Transportation Center
Reading, Pennsylvania
Fleet 50 buses
Fuel type Diesel, hybrid diesel electric
Website www.bartabus.com

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]

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. 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.[3]

BARTA Transportation Center[edit]

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

The BARTA Transportation Center opened in 2002, and is located at 7th and Cherry Streets, in Downtown Reading. The transit center is where all routes connect. The former Reading Railroad Franklin Street Station was refurbished and reopened to bus service on September 9, 2013.[3]

BARTA's fleet[edit]

BARTA's fleet consists of 50 buses, consisting primarily of Gillig BRT buses. 30 of them are 35 foot buses, and the remaining 20 are 40 foot buses. BARTA's fixted route fleet was mostly buses powered by Detroit Diesel engines until the production of the Detroit Diesel Series 50 was cut in late 2004. Then BARTA ordered their 05, 07 and 08 Gillig BRTs with 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 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 HybriDrive Series-E.[4]

Current fleet[edit]

Fleet Number(s) Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0533-0549 2005 Gillig BRT 35' Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0750-0756 2007 Gillig BRT 35' Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0857-0862 2008 Gillig BRT 35' Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0881-0882 2008 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0983-0984 2009 Gillig BRT 40' Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0991-0995 2009 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins ISB Allison EP-40
  • These buses run on a combination of diesel fuel and electric power.
1096-1099 2010 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins ISB Allison EP-40
1542-1544 2015 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins ISB6.7 BAE Hybrid System
1605-1608 2016 Gillig BRT 40' Hybrid Cummins ISB6.7 BAE HDS-200 HybriDrive

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.[5]

Route Line Name Terminals Places Served Notes
1
Temple via Fifth Street BARTA Transportation Center 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 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, Hollywood Court Apartments, Butter Lane, Pennside operates Monday-Saturday
8
Reiffton/Shelbourne Square/Birdsboro BARTA Transportation Center Birdsboro Penn Street, Perkiomen Avenue, Reiffton, Boscov's at Reading Mall, Exeter Commons, U.S. Route 422, Redner's at Shelbourne Square Park and Ride, Walmart at Exeter Square, Lincoln Road operates Monday-Sunday, weekend service terminates at Walmart at Exeter Square
9
Grill via Kenhorst BARTA Transportation Center 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 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 Park and Ride in Womelsdorf Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, VF Outlet, Sinking Spring, 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 Berkshire Mall Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, VF Outlet, State Hill Road, Walmart at Berkshire Square, Berks Technical Institute operates Monday-Sunday
16
Broadcasting Square BARTA Transportation Center Giant (Monday-Saturday) or Walmart at Berkshire Square (Sunday) Penn Street, Penn Avenue, West Reading, VF Outlet, Park Road, State Hill Road, Berkshire Mall, Penn State Berks, Target at Broadcasting Square 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 St. Joseph Medical Center Downtown Reading, Penn Street, Front Street, Windsor Street, Schuylkill Avenue operates Monday-Sunday, limited evening service to St. Joseph Medical Center
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 Route 61, Redner's Leesport Park and Ride, Leesport, Shoemakersville, Redner's Hamburg Park and Ride, Hamburg operates Monday-Saturday
21
Morgantown Express BARTA Transportation Center Morgantown Business Park Pennsylvania Route 10, Morgantown, Pennsylvania Route 23 operated Monday-Friday, peak hour service, cancelled on January 2, 2017
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 to Harrisburg. This service replaced previously abandoned coach service operated by Bieber Tourways, on July 1, 2013.[6]

BARTA discontinued its service to Lebanon on January 31, 2014 due to low ridership.

Paratransit[edit]

The BARTA 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.[7]

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.
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
1401-1403 2014 Ford E-350
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

Park and Ride Locations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Barta Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. BARTA. Retrieved on 2008-01-25.
  2. ^ David W. Kilmer Faces in the News
  3. ^ a b "About BARTA". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  4. ^ 2015 SCTA Annual Report
  5. ^ "Bus Schedules". Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ BARTA Express Reading Lebanon Harrisburg Archived September 27, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ BARTA Paratransit Service

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