COVID-19 Page Updated September 17, 2020

BARTA is currently operating service on a SATURDAY SCHEDULE until 10/19/2020.

Riders are required to wear a mask. BARTA is now collecting fares.  Customers can board the bus at the front door.

BARTA will return to regular service on Monday, October 19, 2020 on all bus routes. 

BARTA Will Resume Collecting Fares on Monday, August 10, 2020

Starting Monday, August 10, 2020, BARTA will begin collecting fares on all BARTA bus routes.  BARTA suspended collecting fares on March 23rd and asked customers to follow a Rear Door Entry policy.  BARTA has now installed plastic shield barriers at the driver area on the bus for protection when customers board and pay.  Starting Monday, August 10, 2020, BARTA riders will be able to board the bus from the front door and exit from the rear door to help create a one-way entrance and exit flow to help with social distancing.  Customers in wheelchairs or who have mobility needs can enter and exit through the front door where the wheelchair ramp and kneeler are located.

BARTA continues to require all riders to wear masks when riding.

The Customer Service Sales Window at the BTC will begin selling BARTA passes on Monday, August 3, 2020.  Sales hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

BARTA’s Shared-Ride Customer Service Lobby Area Returns to Normal Hours – June 25, 2020

Effective Monday, June 25, 2020, BARTA’s Shared-Ride Main Lobby Customer Service Area, located at 1700 North 11th Street, Reading, will return to normal hours, 8 AM to 5:30 PM.  Customers can visit the customer service lobby for BARTA business but must wear a mask when entering the building.

BARTA Will Provide Service to Elite Sportswear on Route 5 –  June 11, 2020

Starting Friday, June 11, 2020, the Route 5/Albright College bus route will provide service to Elite Sportswear Monday through Friday.  No service to Elite Sportswear on Saturdays or Sunday.

The following trips will serve Elite Sportswear:



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 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

BARTA Statement Regarding COVID-19 – April 9, 2020

BARTA Encourages Riders to Wear Masks – April 6, 2020

BARTA Shared Ride Customer Service Lobby Changes Hours – April 1, 2020

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

Helpful Links:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)


PA Dept. of Health

World Health Organization (WHO)