Managing BARTA & RRTA public transit services in Berks County & Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Who is SCTA?

South Central Transit Authority Overview

South Central Transit Authority (SCTA) is the management organization that oversees The Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) in Berks County, Pennsylvania. SCTA was formed by the County of Berks and the County of Lancaster to manage BARTA and RRTA’s public transportation services. SCTA is a municipal authority and began operations in 2014.

Barta bus transportation center outside

Outside view of the Queen Street Station in Lancaster PA.

Together SCTA, BARTA, and RRTA provide both fixed-route bus service and door-to-door paratransit service and transport roughly 5.1 million passengers annually with a fleet of 99 buses and 124 paratransit vehicles. Funding to provide service is derived from the Federal Transportation Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Berks County, Lancaster County, and through passenger fares.

SCTA is governed by a volunteer ten-member Board of Directors that is responsible for establishing policies and procedures for the daily operation of the Authority. The Board hires a Solicitor for legal advice and an accounting firm to conduct annual audits of revenues and expenditures. The responsibility for the daily operation of the Authority falls to the Executive Director of SCTA who ensures that the policies and procedures are distributed and followed by all employees.

SCTA Mission Statement

The South Central Transit Authority exists to manage and provide safe, efficient, convenient, and dependable transportation for the citizens of Berks County and Lancaster County.