BARTA officials recently unveiled a new Access to Jobs Program to help with transportation for 2nd and 3rd shift workers in the Reading area. The Access to Jobs program is a unique program that uses both BARTA’s bus route services and shared-ride services to help workers who need late night transportation. The goal of the program is to have eligible customers use BARTA’s bus route service for one portion of their commute. The other portion is provided through BARTA’s Special Services during times when the bus routes are not operating.
Customers need to meet certain requirements to be eligible for the Access to Jobs program.
Customers must take BARTA bus service for one portion of the tripCustomers must live and travel within a 10 mile radius of the City of ReadingCustomers household income must be within 150% of the federal poverty level
An application must be filled out and processed for customers to use the service.
Once a customer is approved for the program, they need to call BARTA to schedule their trip. The fare for the BARTA Special Services trip is $3.00. Regular fares apply on the fixed-route service. The BARTA Base fare is $1.70.
The service is funded from a Federal Transit Administration JARC (Job Access Reverse Commute) grant. Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) has been operating a similar program for many years. Since BARTA and RRTA have merged under South Central Transit Authority, it was decided to offer the program for Berks County residents.
For more information about BARTA’s new Access to Jobs Program please call 610-921-2361.