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BARTA to Offer Free Rides

BARTA to Offer Free Rides

by BARTA Bus

Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) will offer a Free Ride Day on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, thanking its customers for riding its bus service. The free ride day is part of a statewide Rider Appreciation initiative developed in coordination with the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association (PPTA) and transit agencies across the Commonwealth. Many transit agencies are offering customers complimentary rides on Wednesday as a show of appreciation for their continued ridership. The coordinated effort is planned to reward and highlight public transit in PA communities.

“Our passengers mean the world to us and are why we do what we do!” stated Greg Downing, South Central Transit Authority’s (SCTA) Executive Director who oversees BARTA. “Getting the opportunity to show our appreciation for their support and patronage on this day and in this way, is a small effort to say, thank you for riding BARTA and using public transit!”

BARTA offers 19 bus routes throughout Berks County and averages over 1.8 million trips annually.

“Transit is an essential part of Pennsylvania’s economic success. Our riders recognize whether it’s to get to work, educational opportunities, healthcare, or recreation and play, public transit takes them there. We appreciate their strong commitment to transit as their preferred mode of transportation,” said PPTA Board Chair Sheila Gombita. PPTA is a statewide, non-profit trade association representing and advocating on behalf of public transportation providers and the communities they serve.

Pennsylvania Transit Systems participating in the Rider Appreciation Free Ride Day:

1. ACTS (Allied Coordinated Transportation Services), Lawrence County, PA

2. Amtran, Altoona, PA

3. Beaver County Transit Authority

4. Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA), Reading, PA

5. BeST Transit, Endless Mountains, PA

6. Butler Transit Authority, Butler, PA

7. CamTran, Johnstown, PA

8. CATA, State College, PA

9. County of Lackawanna Transit (COLTS), Scranton, PA

10. Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority, Erie, PA

11. Freedom Transit, Washington County, PA

12. Lebanon Transit, Lebanon, PA

13. Luzerne County Transportation Authority, Luzerne County, PA

14. Monroe County Transit Authority, Monroe County, PA

15. New Castle Area Transit Authority, New Castle, PA

16. Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA), Lancaster, PA

17. River Valley Transit Authority, Williamsport, PA

18. Schuylkill Transportation System (STS), Pottsville, PA

For more information about BARTA’s bus service and the Free Ride Day, please visit or call 610-921-0601.