Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority

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The Berks Area Reading Transportation Authority (BARTA) is in Reading, Pennsylvania. BARTA has 50 buses, including 16 hybrids. 30 of the buses are 35 foot models. The other 20 are 40 foot models.

Current fleet[change | change source]

  • 2005 Gillig BRT 35 ft. buses powered by Cummins ISL (0533-0549)
  • 2007 Gillig BRT 35 ft. buses powered by Cummins ISL (0750-0756)
  • 2008 Gillig BRT 35 ft. buses (0857-0862) and 40 ft. buses (0881-0882) Powered by Cummins ISL
  • 2009 Gillig BRT 40 ft. buses powered by Cummins ISL (0983-0984)
  • 2009 Gillig BRT 40 ft. hybrid electric buses (0991-0995) Powered by Cummins ISB/Allison E Drive
  • 2010 Gillig BRT 40 ft. hybrid electric buses (1096-1099) Powered by Cummins ISB/Allison E Drive
  • 2015 Gillig BRT 40 ft. hybrid electric buses (1542-1544) Powered by Cummins ISB6.7/BAE HybriDrive
  • 2016 Gillig BRT 40 ft. hybrid electric buses (1605-1608) Powered by Cummins ISB6.7/BAE HDS-200

Retired fleet (as of November 2015)[change | change source]

  • 2003 Optima Opus 35 ft. buses powered by Cummins ISB (0301-0305) 0304 was scrapped after having a fire in January 2008. 0301-0303 & 0305 were put up for auction on 11/13/2015.
  • 2003 New Flyer D40LF 40 ft. buses powered by Detroit Diesel Series 50-EGR (0321-0323) All 3 units were put up for auction on 11/13/2015.
  • 2004 Optima Opus 35 ft. buses powered by Cummins ISB (0406-0410)
  • 2004 Gillig Low Floor 40 ft. buses powered by Detroit Diesel Series 50-EGR (0431-0432) Believed to be retired in 2017. Currently sitting idle at BARTA's headquarters on 11th Street.

0410 was donated to the Reading Muhlenberg Career and Technology Center on 12/12/2016. One of the other 2004 Optima Opus buses was donated to the Berks Career and Technology Center (BCTC) for the students in the Diesel Technology program to use for training on 12/18/2016. The other 3 Opus buses from 2004 were leased by COLTS (County of Lackawanna Transit System) in Scranton, Pennsylvania in June 2017. COLTS leased the buses to supplement the fleet.