Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority

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BARTA logo presently in use.
Previous BARTA logo

Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA), previously Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority, is a public transportation system serving the city of Reading and its surrounding area of Berks County, Pennsylvania.

History

BARTA was created with the cooperation of the Berks County and the City of Reading in 1973 to purchase the failing Reading Bus Company. In 2010, BARTA became a county authority, overseen by the County of Berks, reflecting its focus on regionalism instead of centralism on the city of Reading.

Timeline of important events

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  • 1973: Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority created, purchasing the Reading Bus Company.
  • 1978: The BARTA Special Services Division was established when the Berks County Commissioners ordered thirty-three publicly funded social services agencies to give up their transportation systems. The commissioners realized that by consolidating everything under BARTA, they were able to provide more transportation for more people at a tremendous saving. This specialized transportation system was the first of its kind in the state of Pennsylvania and one of only a handful in operation in the United States at the time.
  • 1992: BARTA becomes the first small authority in the US to use CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) buses. These buses remained in service until 2005 when it was decided that they were no longer cost effective.
  • 1993: BARTA received a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) in 1993 to remove the pedestrian mall on Penn Street in downtown Reading and reopen the road to traffic. The area on Penn Street between 6th Street and 4th Street was restored and bus berths with shelters were placed on Penn Street, East and West of 5th Street.
  • 2002: The BARTA Transportation Center was opened at 7th & Cherry Streets.
  • 2005: The 350 space BARTA Park-N-Transit garage was built at 7th & Franklin Streets. Additionally, a new logo and a new color scheme for our buses was adopted. BARTA also began to invest in electric-diesel hybrid technology to decrease operating costs and to be better environmental stewards.
  • 2010: BARTA becomes county authority, taking more of a focus on regionalism, instead of the City of Reading.
  • 2013: On September 9, a trial service is operated between Lebanon and Reading, part of a Reading to Harrisburg (via connection) corridor. Trial ended in January, 2014. Also, the Reading Railroad Franklin Street Station reopens as BARTA's transit center, the connecting point between most routes.
  • 2015: In January, 2015, The Red Rose Transit Authority and Berks Area Regional Transit Authority become operating subsidiaries of the newly formed South Central Transit Authority.


Source(s): [1]

Routes

Most (but not all) routes operate weekdays and Saturdays. In August, 2017, BARTA introduced Sunday mid-day and afternoon service on a number of routes.

  • 1 Temple via 5th Street
  • 2 Fairgrounds Square Market
  • 3 Temple via Kutztown Road
  • 4 10th/11th Street
  • 5 Albright College
  • 6 Spring Street/Berkshire Heights/Crosstown
  • 7 Pennside
  • 8 Reiffton/Shelboourne Square/Birdsboro
  • 9 Grill via Kenhorst
  • 10 Brookline
  • 11 Mohnton via Shillington
  • 12 Lincoln Park via Reading Hospital
  • 14 Wernersville via Sinking Spring
  • 15 Berkshire Mall
  • 16 Broadcasting Square/Berkshire Mall
  • 17 Glenside/Airport/Berks Helm
  • 18 Schuylkill Avenue
  • 19 Riverside/First Energy/Cotton St.
  • 20 Rt 61/Hamburg
  • 21 Morgantown Express
  • 22 Lyon Station/East Penn-Deka

Bus Roster

Current Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0533-0549 2005 Gillig BRT 35'
(G29B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R Began retiring in 2018.
0750-0756 2007 Gillig BRT 35'
(G29B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R Began retiring in 2019.
0857-0862 2008 Gillig BRT 35'
(G27B102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0881-0882 2008 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0983-0984 2009 Gillig BRT 40'
(G27D102N4)
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
0991-0995 2009 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
1096-1099 2010 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
1542-1544 2015 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7 BAE HybriDrive Series E
1605-1608 2016 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins ISB6.7
1801-1805 2018 Gillig BRT HEV 35'
(G30B102N4)
Cummins B6.7
1806-1807 2018 Gillig BRT HEV 40'
(G30D102N4)
Cummins B6.7

Retired Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
0301-0305 2003 Optima LFB-34 Cummins ISB Allison
0321-0323 2003 NFI D40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R
0406-0410 2004 Optima LFB-34 Cummins ISB Allison Some (4) were diverted to County of Lackawanna Transit System to fill gaps in shortage of buses.[2]
0431-0432 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40'
(G20D102N4)
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R Retired in 2016-2017.
901-944 1975 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
960-963 1981 Grumman Flxible 870
(40096-6)
Detroit Diesel 6V71T Allison V730
964-968 1983 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747
969 1981 Neoplan USA N421 MAN D2566
  • Ex-Neoplan Articulated Bus Prototype/Demo.
  • Precursor to the Neoplan AN460A.
  • Bought by Midwest Bus Sales after retirement. Fate after that remains unknown.
1952 1989 Spartan ? Trolley replica
8901-8910 1989 OBI Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
8911-8915 1989 OBI Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
9001-9011 1990 OBI Orion I
(01.507)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748 9005 is an Ex Demo.
9012-9016 1990 OBI Orion I
(01.508)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
9101-9112 1991 Gillig Phantom 35'
(3596TB6V92TA)
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HTB-748
9113 1991 Chance ? Trolley replica
9201 1992 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Cummins L10G Allison B400R
9301 1993 Chance ? Trolley replica
9401-9402 1994 TMC RTS-06
(T80-206)
Detroit Diesel Series 50
9403 1994 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
9601 1996 OBI Orion V CNG
(05.501)
Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R
9602-9606 1996 NFI C40LF Detroit Diesel Series 50G Allison B400R 9602 & 9604 to IndiGo 602 & 604.
9801-9804 1998 OBI Orion II
(02.501)
Allison AT-545

Paratransit and Shared-Ride

Bus marked with "EC" in the prefix before the bus number are operated by Easton Coach.

All-time Roster

Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
EC216-EC218 2002 Ford/? E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 7.3L Diesel
0356-0357 2003 International/? ?
EC464 2004 International/C&E Condor International MaxxForce DT
  • #EC464 VIN 1HVBTAAL84H674462
EC595 2005 Ford/? E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 6.0L Diesel
  • #EC595 VIN 1FDXE45P15HB38695
EC668-EC675
681-682
2006 Ford/? E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 6.0L Diesel
0883-0887 2008 Ford/? E450 cutaway Ford Power Stroke 6.0L Diesel
1088-1090 2010 Ford/C&E E450/Phoenix Ford Power Stroke 6.0L Diesel
1101-1119 2010 Ford/C&E E450/Phoenix Ford V10 6.8L gasoline
1131-1136 2011 Ford/C&E E450/Phoenix Ford V10 6.8L gasoline
1237-1241 2012 Ford/C&E E450/Phoenix Ford V10 6.8L gasoline
  • Equipped with VTM Ultra Capacitor Hybrid Propulsion System
  • 1238, 1240-1241 returned to gasoline.
1301-1302 2013 Ford/C&E E450/Phoenix Converted to electric by Amp Electric Vehicles.
1401-1403 2014 Ford/Champion E450/Hybrid Equipped with VTM Ultra Capacitor Hybrid Propulsion System
1517-1519 2015 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger First hybrid buses owned by BARTA to be equipped with HybriDrive Series-E.
1546-1548 2015 Ford/Champion E450/Challenger Unleaded gasoline powered.

External Links

BARTA (Official site)

References