Fullington Trailways cuts roads between Harrisburg and State College

The Fullington Trailways bus station at 152 N. Atherton Street at State College on March 7, 2022.

The Fullington Trailways bus station at 152 N. Atherton Street at State College on March 7, 2022.

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Five routes to and from State College via Fullington Trailways will be discontinued after March 31 as part of the consolidation of daily departures due to budget constraints and an audit by the Federal Transit Administration.

In a press release, Fullington Trailways wrote that they learned last year through a PennDOT RFP that its daily departures (also called line runs) were being consolidated. Fullington Trailways was the winning bidder for the majority of routes offered by PennDOT, he said, but RFP outlines have reduced service levels statewide.

As part of the reductions, all trips to and from State College and Harrisburg (schedules 703, 704, 705, 740, 715, 725 and 726) will be eliminated.

Also eliminated are the 710 and 730 schedules, which go between Pittsburgh, Dubois/State College and Harrisburg, and back. A new schedule very similar in schedules will be offered from April 1, according to the website. More information will be posted there.

Although there are some reductions, a new schedule that will take passengers to Dubois, State College, Harrisburg, King of Prussia and Philadelphia, and back, will begin April 1.

“Fullington Trailways challenged the state’s decisions throughout this process, but it became clear due to their budget constraints that Fullington Trailways would not be able to maintain some existing daily routes in the future,” says the press release. “Greyhound was the other recipient and was awarded the remaining routes with a reduction in service from their system as well.”

In some cases, the reduction was 50% and in other cases, a community service was completely interrupted, according to the press release.

“We regret that we are unable to serve … certain rural communities to which we have valued providing safe and reliable transportation for so many years,” the statement said.

No employee should be harmed by the reduction in services, the statement said.

Halie Kines reports on local government for the Center Daily Times. She grew up in Penns Valley and graduated from Penn State.

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