BARTA Transportation Center (BTC)

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Located at 8th and Cherry Street, downtown Reading, the BARTA Transportation Center (BTC) opened for bus service on Monday, March 4, 2002. The BTC provides a safe, comfortable and climate-controlled area for our customers to wait for the bus. The BTC makes transferring from one bus to another much easier with all of the bus routes in one place. The arriving and departing buses are announced over the public address system and displayed on the transit information system located in the passenger waiting area and outside in the passenger loading areas.

All of the bus routes serve the BTC with the exception of the 6 Spring St/Berkshire Heights Crosstown bus. BTC layout with bus route boarding locations illustrated below:

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Stop 1
5 – ALBRIGHT COLLEGE
Stop 2
12 – LINCOLN PARK / RDG. HOSP.
Stop 3
1 – TEMPLE VIA 5TH ST.
3 – TEMPLE VIA KUTZTOWN RD.
Stop 4
4 – 10TH/11TH ST.
9 – GRILL VIA KENHORST
20 – RT 61 / HAMBURG
Stop 5
7 – PENNSIDE
8 – REIFFTON / SHELBOURNE SQ.
Stop 6
10 – BROOKLINE
19 – RIVERSIDE / COTTON ST.
Stop 7
18 – SCHUYLKILL AVE.
11 – MOHNTON
Stop 8
2 – FAIRGROUND MARKET
21 – MORGANTOWN
22 – LYON STA. / E. PENN DEKA READING HIGH
Stop A
14 – WERNERSVILLE / SINKING SPRING / WOMELSDORF
17 – GLENSIDE
Stop B
15 – BERKSHIRE MALL
16 – BROADCASTING SQ.

*Verify stop prior to boarding


Franklin Street Station

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BARTA acquired the Franklin Street Station site in 2005, with the purpose to create a multi-use complex in which the renovation/rehabilitation of the deteriorated former Reading Railroad Franklin Street Station could become an integral component in a new transportation facility to accommodate current and future growth of local and regional bus transportation. BARTA’s goal was to renovate the facility to fit the needs of bus service, while keeping the building’s history intact. Work on restoration of the main building and train sheds began in November of 2011 with a rededication held on May 10th, 2013. The station uses include: a passenger waiting and customer service area; a transportation museum; and, passenger amenities space.

Future service expansions, especially express or longer-distance routes under consideration, may utilize this facility.

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