AMITY TWP., Pa. - Buses between Berks County and New York City will soon be stopping again in downtown Reading.
Amity Township-based Klein Transportation announced Wednesday that, starting Dec. 7, its buses will pick up and drop off passengers at Fifth and Penn streets, in addition to the existing stop at Boscov's North in Muhlenberg Township.
The new stop, located at BARTA bus shelter #2, is being added to the New York City route as a six-week pilot, in partnership with OurBus.
"Our goal is to have the addition of this pickup continue long-term, pending its ridership," said Alison Klein Sherman, the company's vice president of finance. "During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, we have also added additional departure times to the regular New York City schedule."
Downtown Reading has been without regular bus service to and from New York City since February, when Kutztown-based Bieber Tourways ceased operations.
Also Wednesday, Klein and OurBus announced that they will serve Thanksgiving weekend travelers by offering round-trip service between downtown Reading and Philadelphia on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1.
"The residents of Reading and the surrounding areas have been asking for better transportation options for years now, and there is clearly a need," said Axel Hellman, co-founder and head of transportation planning for OurBus. "We're working hard to give them the services they deserve - first by offering a direct route to Philly for Thanksgiving, and then by bringing bus service back to Reading's downtown."
Philadelphia-bound buses will begin their trip in Kutztown at 12:25 p.m. on Nov. 27 and Dec. 1, stop in downtown Reading at 1 p.m., and arrive in Philly at 2:45 p.m., after additional stops in Douglassville and King of Prussia.
The return trip has buses leaving Philadelphia at 4:15 p.m. and arriving in Kutztown at 6 p.m.
Tickets cost $25.
Schedules for all of Klein's service can be found on the OurBus website and mobile app.