Franklin Street station (Pennsylvania)

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Franklin Street
BARTA bus terminal
Former SEPTA regional rail station
Reading Franklin Street Terminal from Cherry Street entrance
LocationFranklin Street and 7th Street
Reading, Pennsylvania[1]
Coordinates40°20′02″N 75°55′23″W / 40.333942°N 75.923163°W / 40.333942; -75.923163
Owned byBARTA
Platforms2 side platform
ConnectionsLocal Transit BARTA buses: All at the BARTA Transportation Center
Disabled accessNo
Former services
Preceding station SEPTA.svg SEPTA Following station
Closed 1981
Norristown Line Schuylkill Haven
toward Pottsville
toward Pottsville
Preceding station Reading Railroad Following station
toward Norristown
Main Line Reading
toward Pottsville
toward Slatington
Schyulkill and Lehigh Branch Terminus

Franklin Street station is a bus station and former railroad station in Reading, Pennsylvania. It currently serves Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) buses and hosts a transportation museum.

Built by the Reading Railroad, Franklin Street Station later served the SEPTA diesel service extending the Manayunk/Norristown Line to Pottsville. It closed when SEPTA cancelled the diesel service in 1981. BARTA acquired the building and converted it into a bus depot in 2013.[2]


The Franklin Street station served the railroad from 1930 until 1981 when SEPTA diesel service ceased operations. From 1981 until 2013, the building sat vacant until BARTA acquired and refurbished the building for bus services. The plan was to alleviate overcrowded services at the BARTA Transportation Center located about a block away, as well as make an effort to preserve the historic station.[3]


  1. ^ "Grant to fund relocation of train terminal in Birdsboro". Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ "From grim to grand: Franklin Street Station gleams again 2/20/2013".
  3. ^ "Franklin Street in its heyday" (PDF).