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AMITY TWP., Pa. - Buses between downtown Reading and New York City will continue rolling through the new year.

OurBus and Amity Township-based Klein Transportation announced Tuesday that they will make their stop in the 500 block of Penn Street permanent.

The service was launched in December on a six-week pilot basis so that the companies could determine whether the stop was feasible.

"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, like bringing bus service back to Reading's downtown."

Buses between downtown Reading and New York City stopped rolling last February, when Kutztown-based Bieber Transportation Group ceased operations.

OurBus and Klein use BARTA bus shelter #2 on the south side of Penn Street for their stop.

The companies will celebrate the new service with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stop at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, during the sixth annual Reading Fire + Ice Fest.

Schedules for all of Klein's service can be found on the OurBus website and mobile app.