BARTA is currently operating service on a SATURDAY SCHEDULE.
No fares are being collected. Riders should only ride if the trip is essential.
BARTA will resume service to Ashley Furniture starting Friday, May 8, 2020
BARTA was informed that Ashley Furniture is resuming operations. Starting Friday, May 8, 2020, BARTA will resume service to Ashley Furniture on the Route 20 – Route 61/Hamburg bus route.
Outbound trips will be request only
Inbound trips will provide service on each trip.
BARTA Requires Face Masks to Ride
Beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, all BARTA customers and employees will be required to wear face masks onboard BARTA buses and BARTA property.
Due to the order announced April 15, 2020 from the PA Dept. of Health, all customers and employees of essential businesses will now be required to wear masks.
Any BARTA customer who is not wearing a face mask will not be able to ride BARTA Bus Service. This includes BARTA Special Services shared-ride customers.
The order states people who can’t wear masks because of a medical condition will not be required to wear one and will be allowed to use BARTA services.
Any BARTA customer waiting for a bus at The BTC will need to be wearing a mask or they will be asked to leave the property.
BARTA continues to ask customers to only ride the bus service if it is an essential trip. All non-essential trips are discouraged to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
BARTA Statement Regarding COVID-19 Case – Mechanic Employee
On April 9, 2020, BARTA was informed that a BARTA mechanic has tested positive for COVID-19. The BARTA employee last worked on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The employee is currently self-isolating at home in accordance with the guidelines established by the state health department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, BARTA is not sharing the name of the employee. BARTA has notified other employees who may have had contact with the operator and instructed them on the steps they should take.
BARTA continues to take extraordinary measures during this crisis including increased sanitation of the BARTA buses, increased cleaning at The BARTA Transportation Center (BTC), providing gloves and spray bottles of disinfectant and paper towels on each vehicle and closing the public restrooms. Per Governor Wolf’s recommendation for the public, BARTA has also asked BARTA riders to only ride if the trips are essential and encourage wearing masks when riding the buses. Starting, tomorrow, Friday, April 10, 2020, Reading Police will be stationed at the BTC to enforce the “Stay at Home Order”, asking the public to only ride BARTA for essential trips.
BARTA is an essential business according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Department of Health, providing life-sustaining services for our community. BARTA will continue to encourage all employees and riders to practice good hygiene, report any health change immediately, and practice good social distancing and sanitation efforts in the workplace to minimize the risk of infection.
BARTA Encourages Riders to Wear Masks
April 6, 2020
Per Governor Wolf’s recommendation, BARTA is encouraging all passengers to wear a mask, bandana or scarf to cover your nose and mouth while riding BARTA buses.
BARTA’s Shared Ride Customer Service Lobby Changes Hours
April 1, 2020
Effective Monday, April 6, 2020, BARTA’s Shared-Ride Main Lobby Customer Service Area, located at 1700 North 11th Street, Reading, will change hours to 8 AM to 4 PM instead of 8 AM to 5:30 PM. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, BARTA’s lobby will close at 4 PM. Staff will still be available by calling 610-921-2361 from 8 AM until 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
BARTA will move to Saturday Schedule starting Monday, March 30, 2020
BARTA bus service will begin operating on a Saturday Schedule starting Monday, March 30, 2020. Until further notice, all bus routes operating Monday through Saturday will follow the normal Saturday schedules. The Route 22 – Lyon Station/East Penn- Deka bus route which normally does not operate on Saturdays will continue its normal weekday schedule. BARTA’s Sunday service will continue to operate the normal Sunday schedule on Sundays.
Starting Monday, March 30, 2020, the BARTA Transportation Center (BTC) pass sales window will be closed until further notice. The BTC’s Public Restrooms will remain closed until further notice. BARTA requests customers practice “social distancing” while waiting for their bus routes in all waiting areas.
BARTA continues a “Rear Door Entry Policy” for all routes. All customers must board the bus from the rear door to help with social distancing from the driver. If any customer does need assistance and needs to use the front door they will be allowed. Please ask the driver to activate the kneeler. Also, BARTA continues to not collect fares. Free fares began Monday, March 23rd and will continue until further notice.
Due to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for BARTA employees and the general public, BARTA requests that riders limit non-essential bus travel until further notice.
Rear Door Entry Change & Free Fares on BARTA Bus Service. – Effective Monday, March 23rd
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, BARTA will implement a “Rear Door Entry Policy” for all bus routes. If anyone does need assistance and needs to use the front door they will be allowed. Please ask the driver to activate the kneeler.
Also, on March 23, 2020, BARTA Bus Service will not collect fares on any of the bus routes.. Free Fares for all bus routes will begin Monday, March 23rd and continue until further notice.
Past BARTA COVID-19 Communication
31 Day Customers Replacement Pass Policy – Posted March 23, 2020
BARTA Requests Riders Limit Non-Essential Travel – Posted March 17, 2020
Penn State Berks Request Only – Posted March 13, 2020
BARTA’s Cleaning Practices Posted March 11, 2020