New bus company set to offer transportation from Reading to New York

READING, Pa. - A new bus service is in the works to take passengers from Berks county and the Lehigh Valley to New York City.

The idea comes after a company that has taken passengers to and from New York for decades was recently evicted from the Port Authority bus terminal.

The bus line hopes to start picking up passengers by the beginning of next year. In the meantime, the owner is lining up pick up and drop off locations and is hoping to get backing from the chamber and county commissioners.

It's a long trip from Reading to New York City, but Derek Sheldon of Clydesdale Bus Lines is hoping to help get you there. He's gearing up to get his new busing business on the road. 

"I'm looking to move forward. That's going to take work but I think it can get done," he said.

Over recent months, concerns over access to transportation to and from Manhattan has grown following Kutztown-based Bieber Tourways eviction from the Port Authority terminal.

That's what Sheldon said inspired him to try to do something.

"It gives them another option for transportation in and out of the city," said Reading resident LaKeisha Green.

Sheldon hopes to have a hub in Reading, and park-and-rides in Exeter Township and Wyomissing. The exact locations are still being planned. He also hopes to have bus stops in Kutztown, Wescosville, Hellertown and New York.

"I'm sure there are people that are required to take it and that's important," said Reading resident Michael Tobias.

Sheldon, a private businessman, will be presenting his business model to members of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance and the Berks County commissioners. Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach told 69 News he's excited to see a private citizen taking the initiative to start a service like this.

Sheldon said even if the chamber or commissioners decide not to back him, he's still moving forward with the bus service. He said some of the perks will include drink and snack service, Wi-Fi and video streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.

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