2 bus companies launch service from Berks to New York City


Some companies are trying to help people in Berks County get to New York City and Philadelphia now that Kutztown-based Bieber Tourways has closed.

A representative with Transport Azumah said the company began service from Reading to New York City and back on Monday.

Passengers can be picked up and dropped off at the Inter-City Bus Terminal at North Third and Court streets, but the company said no customers showed up Monday.

Klein Transportation also began service from Berks and Lehigh counties to the Manhattan.

"We determined that it was a really good fit to help the residents of Berks and Lehigh County," said Alison Klein Sherman, with Amity Township-based Klein Transportation.

Klein representatives say they were busy over the weekend, following the news of Bieber going out of business, trying to put something together to help people reach their destinations.

"This weekend has been very long hours on both ends," Sherman explained. "OurBus and Klein Transportation."

They'll be utilizing technology, much like Uber, to better serve bus customers.

"Our drivers have an app on their end that they check in to see who made those reservations," Sherman said. "As soon as they pull in at the pick-up, a list of the passengers pops up on their end."

Klein will also be partnering with Kutztown University.

"They have a lot of students that are looking for transportation in and out of New York City," said Sherman.

Klein will begin by offering two daily trips to New York City, and more could be added in the future.

"Bieber offered us some additional routes in regards to getting into the Philadelphia and Bethlehem areas, and I know that we are going to going to work with Klein to be able to see what new opportunities we may have," said Bryan Salvadore, Kutztown University's director of communications.

Additionally, a representative Transport Azumah said the company will be offering two daily trips to New York City at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from the Inter-City Bus Terminal in Reading.

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