The Reading Area Transportation Study (RATS) MPO boundary includes all of Berks County. The urbanized area includes the City of Reading.

 

Major Corridors within the region include:

Major East-West Corridor

US 422 and I-78

Major North-South Corridor

US 222, I-176, and PA 61

Transit

The Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) is the principal provider of public transportation services in the city of Reading and Berks County.

 

Aviation

The Reading Regional Airport occupies approximately 870 acres and is situated three miles northwest of downtown Reading in Bern Township. Charter air passenger and cargo services, business aviation facilities, and services for privately owned aircraft are provided at the Reading Regional Airport.

 

Rail Freight

The Norfolk Southern Railroad is the primary provider of rail freight movements in Berks County. Short line rail services are provided by Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Railroad, East Penn Railroad and Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad.

 

Transportation Program- First Four Years (2013-2016)

To maintain and improve the existing transportation system in the Reading MPO several key transportation projects are included in first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program. Some of these key projects include:

 US 222 & PA 662 Intersection Improvement

 US 222 & PA 73 and Genesis Drive Intersection Improvement

 US 222 & Long Lane Intersection Improvement

 PA 61 and Tuckerton Road Intersection Improvement

 Route 10 Widening

 River Road Extension

 Penn Street Bridge Rehabilitation

 Buttonwood Street Bridge Rehabilitation

 Schuylkill Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation

 West Shore Bypass Study

 

Transportation Program- Second Four Years (2017-2020)

Due to the cost and timing of projects in the first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program, several projects will overlap and continue in the second four years of the Program. Some of these key projects include:

 US 222 & Long Lane Intersection Improvement

 River Road Extension

 Penn Street Bridge Rehabilitation

 

Transportation Program- Interstate Transportation Projects

To maintain and improve the existing transportation system in the Statewide Interstate Program several key transportation projects are included in first four years of the 2013-2024 Twelve Year Transportation Program. Some of these key projects include:

 Interstate 78 Reconstruction

 I-78 Bridge Replacement and Under Clearance

 I-78 Bridge Replacement and Under Clearance Phase 2

 I-78 Krumsville Interchange Reconstruction