BARTA buses at BARTA Transportation Center in downtown Reading

READING, Pa. — Mass transit in Berks County is starting to get back normal, with BARTA canceling only a handful of its scheduled runs on Wednesday.

The following fixed-route trips, all scheduled for Wednesday evening, will not run, according to BARTA:

  • Route 1/Temple via 5th Street: 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Since Saturday, BARTA has had to cancel dozens of its daily trips because of a shortage of bus drivers.

The agency's executive director, Greg Downing, told 69 News on Monday that 24 drivers were out with COVID-19. In addition, BARTA is short 12 drivers because of a lack of applicants for available jobs.

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