BARTA seeks input on future of mass transit in Berks

Public meeting Nov. 13 between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

READING, Pa. - The South Central Transit Authority (SCTA) is seeking the public's help in mapping out the future of BARTA bus and paratransit service in Berks County.

The SCTA, which oversees both BARTA and Lancaster County's Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA), announced Tuesday that it will hold a public meeting as part of a process to develop a transit development plan (TDP).

The open house will be held Monday, November 13, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the BARTA Transportation Center (BTC) at South Eighth and Cherry streets in Reading.

The public is invited to stop by at any time during the meeting to review materials and provide comments.

The TDP will serve as a guide for meeting future demands for transit services and increasing the overall use of public transit, officials said.

According to the SCTA, development of the TDP includes:

  • Identifying demographics and travel trends;
  • Evaluating current BARTA services;
  • Establishing goals and strategies to address unmet transit needs and services issues;
  • Identifying and evaluating opportunities for potential growth, such as bus service connecting the cities of Reading and Lancaster;
  • Providing recommendations and an implementation plan to improve transit services and meet future needs.

The RRTA's open house is set for Thursday, November 16, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Park City Mall community room, near the entrance to the Kohl's department store.

BARTA and the RRTA added that people who ride one of their buses in mid-November may also be invited to participate in a customer satisfaction survey by completing a questionnaire during their ride.

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