Trans-Bridge Lines is relocating its Allentown stop from the now-closed Allentown Bus Terminal to the Allentown Transportation Center, 603 Linden St. Drop-off and pick-ups will operate from Platform C.
The changeover happens on March 6. Until then, the company will continue to use the Bus Terminal.
The Pennsylvania company has worked with the city of Allentown and LANTA in the move to the transportation center.
“The ATC acts as a vital transportation hub for the residents of Allentown and the surrounding area,” said Trans-Bridge Lines President Tom JeBran. “With Fullington Trailways, Martz Bus, Greyhound, and LANTA already operating from the location, we felt it was a natural fit for us as well. We chose to make this move as a means for all transportation providers to be in one central location. We are excited about this change and thank the City of Allentown and LANTA for their assistance in making this relocation possible.”
Two ticket outlets
In addition to the new location, passengers may purchase tickets at the Transportation Center via the LANTA ticket window across from Platform B near Dunkin’. The ticket window is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is staffed by LANTA employees who will sell Trans-Bridge Lines tickets.
“This location will offer our passengers an easily accessible location,’ said Director of Operations Mark Ertel. “The hub offers protection from inclement weather, 24-hour on-site security, and a parking garage attached to the terminal.”
Passengers are encouraged to use Linden Street for quick pickups and drop-offs. The parking garage may also be used for up to 15 minutes free of charge. Passenger pickups and drop-offs are not allowed directly at Platform C, which is intended for motorcoach use only.
Terminal shutdown forces change
The Allentown Bus Terminal closed permanently on Feb. 13. The building, which Trans-Bridge Lines leased from the city of Allentown, is subleased to an independent ticket agent. That ticket agent has notified Trans-Bridge Lines that it will cease to operate at the location.
“We are saddened to lose this agent, but understand that due to personal circumstances, they are unable to operate the terminal any longer,” said JeBran.
Trans-Bridge Lines is working with the city on how to best serve passengers who rely on several motorcoach companies for transportation. Martz Bus, Fullington Trailways, and Greyhound have recently moved from the Bus Terminal to the Allentown Transportation Center ahead of the closure.
To view schedules, visit the company’s website at www.transbridgelines.com.
Trans-Bridge Lines, operating for 82 years, offers daily service to New York City and Newark Airport from the Lehigh Valley area and Clinton, New Jersey, as well as weekday service to Wall Street. Daily service to New York is also available from Bucks County, Branchburg, and Flemington, and the company offers daily pier transportation service to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal from the Lehigh Valley and Clinton, New Jersey areas.
Additionally, daily service from New York is provided to Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino. Charter services for business groups, schools, and organizations are custom-designed for one-day, overnight, sporting events, and show trips.