BARTA’s new route and schedule changes go into effect Monday, August
28, 2017. A route-by-route description of the approved changes is as follows:
Route 1 – Temple via 5th Street: Approved to add service during the mid-day and evening Monday-Saturday due to capacity issues.
Route 3 – Temple-Kutztown: Approved to add trips at 7:45 AM and 3:45 PM to meet work times.
Route 5 – Albright College: Approved to add time to afternoon trips to improve on-time performance. Trips will be modified to leave the BARTA Transit Center (BTC) at 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday.
Route 11 – Mohnton: Approved to add time to schedule to improve on-time performance Monday-Friday, change to 1:15 minute round trip. Entire schedule has been redone.
Route 12 –Lincoln Park via Reading Hospital: Approved to modify the main stop at the Reading Hospital at their request to the Seventh Street entrance. Bus will travel outbound from Penn Ave. (L) Fifth St./Museum Rd, (R) Parkside Drive N. to (R) Seventh Ave –Stop at Hospital Entrance, to (L) Spruce St. then regular route. Inbound bus will travel Sunnyside Ave to (R) S. Park Rd. to (L) Parkside Dr. N. to (L) Seventh Ave.-Stop at Hospital Entrance, to (R) Spruce St. to (L) Sixth Ave. then regular route.
Route 16 – Broadcasting Square: Approved to modify route to travel inbound from Paper Mill Rd. to (R) Broadcasting Rd. to (R) Meridian Blvd. to (R) Paper Mill Rd. then regular route to serve doctor’s offices on Meridian Blvd.
A public hearing was held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at BARTA’s Administrative Offices, 1700 North 11th Street, Reading, PA to hear comments on the proposed route and schedule changes. Updated Ride Guides are available as well as on BARTA’s website, www.bartabus.com.