Luzerne County Transportation Authority

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Luzerne County Transportation Authority
Luzerne County Transportation Authority logo.jpeg

Founded 1975
Succeeded Wilkes-Barre Transit Corp. (until 1975)
Headquarters Kingston, PA
Service area 1288 square miles, including the City of Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding Luzerne County, PA.
Employees 154 (92-fixed route, 62-para-transit)

Bus routes 19
Ridership (bus) ~1.2 million trips/yr
Bus fleet 38
Bus fuel types Diesel
Diesel Hybrid

? trips/yr
(para-transit) fleet

Transit hub(s) James F. Conahan Intermodal
Transportation Center

Governed by Nine-member board
Executive Director Norm Gavlick
Executive Director
Official Website
Bus Tracker LCTA Bus Tracker
(Strategic Mapping)
Telephone Information (570) 287-8463
(570) BUS-TIME

The Luzerne County Transportation Authority or abbreviated to LCTA provides public transit service in Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and northern Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

In early August, 2019, the LCTA was renamed and rebranded to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (NEPTA).[1]


Historical timeline

  • October 10, 1972: The Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) was created as part of a demonstration project, to aid with recovery after Hurricane Agnes.
  • July 1, 1973: Senior Citizens begin riding LCTA buses free of charge during off-peak hours under a program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • December 31, 1973: LCTA completed 1973 with a total of 1,750,000 miles and 4,809,000 passengers. This ridership resulted in LCTA being the third largest Transit Carrier in Pennsylvania, behind Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
  • February 1, 1974: LCTA accepts lead agency role for the implementation of the area’s Transportation Energy Conservation Plan.
  • February 22, 1974: The acquisition of Wilkes-Barre Transit, which provides 80% of bus service in the Wyoming Valley, is formally completed.
  • July 31, 1974: The acquisition of White Transit brings the remaining 20% of bus services under LCTA ownership.
  • August 1, 1974: LCTA begins post-demonstration project operations, becoming a permanent entity in the Wyoming Valley.


LCTA operates with an exact fare system, in which fares are paid upon boarding. There are a number of fare types used.

  • Base fare: Standard fare paid on trips using a single ride.
  • Short fare: Some routes allow a "short" fare, which allows passengers to pay a reduced fare for riding along a truncated section of the route, as detailed in the passenger timetable.
  • Transfer: Allows passengers, again, a reduction in fare, but when using a second bus via a transfer slip obtained from the first bus, to complete a one-way trip.
  • 10 or 20 ride pass: A prepaid, non-refundable card allowing a passenger a set number of trips at a moderately discounted rate. Usually, no expiration date, convenient for infrequent passengers that don't want to have to hunt for change each time they board.
  • 1 day or 31 day pass: A prepaid, non-refundable card allowing a passenger an unlimited number of trips at a deeply discounted rate. Savings are realized by the frequency of its use during its effective period.

There are also discounted rates recognized for children and persons with disabilities, and seniors over the age of 65 years of age ride for free as a benefit of the Pennsylvania State Lottery program.

On March 1, 2017, LCTA entered into an agreement with the County of Lackawanna Transit System in offering an inter-county bus pass for passengers using both agencies. The cost is $60.00, and is good for 31 days.[2]


For online schedules, visit here.

Services operate weekdays and Saturdays. However, Saturday service operates on a reduced frequency.

All routes meet at the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center at 47 South Washington Street near Public Square in Downtown Wilkes-Barre. Each route is assigned to operate from a different gate, however, some routes can share the same gate assignment with one or more routes.

Buses also meet at the same terminal with services offered on Martz Trailways and Fullington Trailways.

  • School routes (gate varies)
  • Luzerne County Fair Express (seasonal - early September)

Bus Roster

The LCTA operates approximately 38 buses on its conventional bus routes, all of the Gillig Brand. Gillig's Phantom, Low Floor (Advantage) and BRT models make up the Gillig fleet, also split between 29, 30, and 35 foot lengths. The para-transit division operates approximately 57 smaller, cutaway vans.


Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail VIN or Serial Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
101-102 2010 Gillig BRT HEV 29'
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
103-105 2010 Gillig BRT HEV 35'
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
201-207 2012 Gillig BRT HEV 35'
Cummins ISB6.7 Allison H 40 EP hybrid system [3]
401-410 (2nd) 2004 Gillig Phantom 35'
Detroit Diesel Series 50 EGR Allison B400R 405 wrapped for Misericordia University Cougars.
601-610 2006 Gillig Phantom 35'
Cummins ISM Allison B400R 603 caught on fire in April 2017.[4].
800, 801 (3rd) 2018 Gillig BRT CNG 29'
Cummins L9N
  • Began service, September, 2018.
901-902 2009 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Cummins ISL Allison B400R
903-905 2009 Gillig BRT HEV 35'
Cummins ISB Allison EP40 hybrid system
  • First hybrid-power buses.
  • Purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.


Fleet Number(s) Thumbnail VIN or Serial Year Manufacturer Model Engine Transmission Notes
401-443 0647-0689 1974 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
544-546 1668-1670 1976 GMC T6H-4523A Detroit Diesel 6V71N Allison
701-712 1997 Gillig Phantom 35'
Detroit Diesel Series 50 Allison B400R
801-809 A308-
1980 GMC RTS-03
Detroit Diesel 8V71N Allison V730
801-805 (2nd) 1998 Gillig Low Floor 35'
Detroit Diesel Series 40 Allison B400R 801 was sold to Hazleton Public Transit.
880-889 JD099540-
1988 Flxible Metro "B"
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA
890-899 KD100752-
1989 Flxible Metro "B"
Cummins L10
8311-8317 1983 Neoplan USA AN440A Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Allison HT-747

Regional Connections

LCTA makes connections with other agencies, including:

Also, LCTA makes long-distance travel connections to Martz Trailways and Fullington Trailways at both the James F. Conahan Intermodal Transportation Center, and at the Lackawanna Transit Center; and to Greyhound and Trailways of New York at the Lackawanna Transit Center.


Stanley Strelish, the former Executive Director of the LCTA was caught up in a scandal in which he inflated passenger numbers to get more funding for the agency. The scandal, called the "ghost rider scandal" resulted in his resignation in October of 2015.[5] [6]

Further reading

Newspaper articles

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