Need help with transportation from 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. during 2nd & 3rd shift work times? BARTA’s Access to Jobs program may be able to help. The Access to Jobs program is a unique program that uses both BARTA’s bus route services and shared-ride services to help workers who need late night transportation. The goal of the program is to have eligible customers use BARTA’s bus route service for one portion of their commute. The other portion of their commute is provided through BARTA’s Special Services during times when the bus route are not operating.
The first portion of the Access to Jobs program encourages approved customers to use BARTA’s bus routes for one part of their commute. BARTA provides 19 bus routes throughout Berks County. Access to Jobs customers would use a bus route to get them to or from work. The service runs seven days a week on specific routes, most beginning and ending in Downtown Reading.
The second portion of the Access to Jobs program is through BARTA’s shared ride service to provide transportation during 2nd and 3rd shift work times when BARTA’s bus routes are not operating. The metro area is approximately a 10 mile radius of the City of Reading.
- You must need transportation to and from work
- You must take BARTA Bus services for one portion your trip
- You must live and travel within a 10 mile radius of the City of Reading
- Your trip must be during times not provided by BARTA’s fixed-route service
- Your household income must be within 150% of the federal poverty level
An application needs to be completed to determine eligibility. Processing and approval of the application may take up to 21 days. All applicants will receive a letter to inform them of their eligibility. Also, please note that Federal law requires BARTA to send a Voter Registration Application to everyone requesting an application for transportation.