BARTA bus on Penn Street in downtown Reading

READING, Pa. - BARTA began the work week with a big change to its system-wide schedule, while continuing to ask its riders to limit their non-essential bus travel.

The Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority is now operating its weekday buses on a Saturday schedule, until further notice.

The only exceptions are the Route 2/Fairgrounds Square Market bus route, which will continue to run its normal schedule on Fridays and Saturdays only, and the Route 22 - Lyon Station/East Penn- Deka bus route, which normally does not operate on Saturdays, will continue its normal weekday schedule.

BARTA Transportation Center in Reading

Also, the BARTA Transportation Center's (BTC) customer service window and restrooms will be closed until further notice.

The waiting area for passengers will remain open during normal hours, although BARTA reminds them to practice social distancing while waiting for their bus.

BARTA continues to waive bus fares as a way to have its passengers enter and exit through the rear door, thus avoiding close contact with the driver.

Any rider in need of assistance, can ask the driver to activate the kneeler and enter and exit through the front door.