Aimed at travelers left without bus service after the closure of Bieber Bus last month, Trans-Bridge Lines began service to Philadelphia this morning.
In a press release, Tom JeBran, president of Trans-Bridge, said that the company has been assessing what runs would make the most sense to offer.
“We hope these additions to our service will provide convenient options for passengers going to Philadelphia from the Lehigh Valley,” he said.
The new service will consist of two daily runs to and from the Lehigh Valley and the city Monday through Friday.
Pick-ups from the Lehigh Valley will be at the Bethlehem Transportation Center at 5:50 a.m., Lehigh Valley International Airport at 5:15 a.m. and 6 a.m., Allentown Bus Terminal at 5:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m., Wescosville at 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., and Quakertown at 6:15 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Buses are scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia at 7 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.
Return departures will leave Philadelphia at 4:20 p.m. and 5:35 p.m. and arrive back in the Lehigh Valley starting at approximately 7:20 p.m. and 8:10 p.m.
Philadelphia drop-off locations may be slightly different than those Bieber offered.
JeBran said Amtrak and Greyhound Bus cannot accommodate Trans-Bridge as drop-off locations, so Philadelphia stops will be at the Market Street Bridge between Schuylkill Avenue and North 23rd Street, JFK Boulevard and 16th Street, and 10th between Market and Filbert streets.
He said a courtesy stop for the Federal Courthouse at 6th and Market streets will be made upon request.
Fares from Quakertown will be: $19 for one way; $133 for 10 trips; $235 for 20 trips; and $330 for 30 trips.
Fares from the Lehigh Valley stops will be: $20 for one way; $140 for 10 trips; $248 for 20 trips; and $348 for 30 trips.