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Bus Bridging the Schuylkill River Trail

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The Berks Area Transportation Authority (BARTA) has just announced that their entire bus fleet is now bike rack equipped. So while the dream of bicycling or walking off road from Philadelphia to Pottsville is still several years in the future it is now possible to experience most of the existing Schuylkill RIver trail without dealing with complicated and hilly road routes.

The two largest gaps in the trail network are parallel to bike rack equipped commuter bus routes. In Montgomery County County take the Schuylkill River Trail/Perkiomen Trail to Collegeville where you can catch SEPTA Route 93 westbound at the Main St crossing. The bus will take you to the Pottstown to Reading portion of the Schuylkill River Trail. When you get to Downtown Reading BARTA bus 20 will take you to the John Bartram Trail section in Hamburg. From Hamburg you can travel another 7 miles to the current terminus of the trail at Pine Lane in South Manheim Township near Auburn in Schuylkill County.

If you are starting your bike trip in Philadelphia allow two long days or three easy days for the round trip. Camping and lodging accommodations are located in or near Reading, Hamburg and Auburn.

Schuylkill River/Perkiomen Trail - Philadelphia to Collegeville

SEPTA Route 93 on Google Transit - Collegeville to Pottstown

Schuylkill River/Thun Trail - Pottstown to Reading

BARTA Route 20 Schedule (pdf) - Reading to Hamburg/Hamburg to Reading

John Bartram Trail- Hamburg to Pine Lane

Transit Details:

  • The Route 93 bus connects at Norristown Transportation Center for SEPTA Regional Rail and High Speed Line Service to Philadelphia.
  • Route 20 bus does not run on Sundays.
  • BARTA Bus Terminal is at 5th and Penn St in Reading
  • One Way Fares (Exact Change) Route 93 $2.00, Route 20 $2.05
  • Bike on Bus Instructional Video