BARTA Transportation Center (BTC)
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:
Route 5 – ALBRIGHT COLLEGE
Route 12 – LINCOLN PARK / RDG. HOSP.
Route 1 – TEMPLE VIA 5TH ST.
Route 3 – TEMPLE VIA KUTZTOWN RD.
Route 4 – 10TH/11TH ST.
Route 9 – GRILL VIA KENHORST
Route 20 – RT 61 / HAMBURG
Route 7 – PENNSIDE
Route 8 – REIFFTON / SHELBOURNE SQ.
Route 10 – BROOKLINE
Route 19 – RIVERSIDE / COTTON ST.
Route 18 – SCHUYLKILL AVE.
Route 11 – MOHNTON
Route 2 – FAIRGROUND MARKET
Route 22 – LYON STA. / E. PENN DEKA READING HIGH
Route 14 – WERNERSVILLE / SINKING SPRING / WOMELSDORF
Route 17 – GLENSIDE
Route 15 – BERKSHIRE MALL
Route 16 – BROADCASTING SQ.
*Verify stop prior to boarding
Franklin Street Station
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.