Amtrak officials were joined by local elected leaders to officially commemorate the bus service that connects riders from Reading with trains headed to more than 1,000 destinations that are part of its national network.
Officials from Berks and Montgomery counties attended a ribbon-cutting Thursday to celebrate the occasion at the BARTA Transportation Center on Franklin Street in Reading. They touted the service for filling a void that occurred when Bieber Transportation Group abruptly stopped the service in February 2019, deciding to permanently close its doors.
In June, Amtrak began offering bus service between Reading and Philadelphia, with a stop in Pottstown. The route features two trips back and forth each day. And a one-way trip costs riders just $14.
According to data from Amtrak, the new service has transported more than 3,200 passengers in its first four months in operation.
The bus service comes as officials in Berks, Montgomery and Chester counties continue to work on a plan to restore passenger rail service to the region. Amtrak announced plans last year to add that service.
The three counties this year approved creating the Schuylkill River Passenger Rail Authority in an effort to advance that effort, which will likely take several years to come to fruition.
Take a ride
Buses depart and arrive at William H. Gray III 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. They make stops at the bus stop on Hanover Street in Pottstown, across the railroad tracks from the Charles W. Dickinson Transportation Center, as well as Reading’s BARTA Transportation Center at 701 Franklin St.
Customers can purchase tickets at Amtrak.com, the Amtrak app or by calling 800-USA-RAIL.
From Reading to Philadelphia
• Departs at 7 a.m. and arrives at 8:55 a.m.
• Departs at 2 p.m. and arrives at 3:55 p.m.
From Pottstown to Philadelphia
• Departs at 7:30 a.m. and arrives at 8:55 a.m.
• Departs at 2:30 p.m. and arrives at 3:55 p.m.
From Philadelphia to Reading
• Departs at 11:35 a.m. and arrives at 1:20 p.m.
• Departs at 5:55 p.m. and arrives at 7:40 p.m.
From Philadelphia to Pottstown
• Departs at 11:35 a.m. and arrives at 12:50 p.m.
• Departs at 5:55 p.m. and arrives at 7:10 p.m.
Source: Berkshire mont