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Bieber Transportation Group
Bieber Transportation Group logo.jpg
Founded1946
Headquarters Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Service areaEastern Pennsylvania, New York City
Service type Intercity bus, charter bus, tours
Website http://www.biebergroup.com/

Bieber Transportation Group is an American bus company based in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, operating intercity commuter buses, charter buses, and tours. The company provides bus service from the Reading and Lehigh Valley regions of eastern Pennsylvania to Philadelphia and New York City. The company was founded by Carl R. Bieber in 1946.

Service

Bieber Transportation Group provides intercity commuter bus service from points in eastern Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal in Philadelphia and the intersection of 8th Avenue and 39th Street in the Midtown Manhattan section of New York City. Service is provided daily along a route running from Reading and the Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia and a route running from Reading and the Lehigh Valley to Weehawken and New York City. Bieber offers one-way and round-trip tickets along with commuter books offering multiple tickets for commuters to use in a 30-day period. [1] [2] Bieber also offers tours to domestic and international destinations, including casino excursions to Atlantic City. [3] [4] The company offers charters for groups for single-day or multi-day trips along with weddings, airport transfers, casino excursions, and cruise ports. [3] [5]

Stop locations

City Stop location(s) Source
Allentown, Pennsylvania Allentown Bus Terminal [6]
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania LANTA Metro Mart [6]
Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem [1]
Hellertown, Pennsylvania Top Star Exxon (tickets)
Hellertown park and ride (bus stop)
[6]
Kutztown, Pennsylvania Bieber Bus Terminal [6]
New York City 8th Avenue and 39th Street [6]
Philadelphia Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal [6]
JFK Boulevard between Broad and 15th streets (pick-up only)
30th Street Station
Quakertown, Pennsylvania Top Star Exxon (tickets)
Quakertown park and ride (bus stop)
[6]
Reading, Pennsylvania Intercity Bus Terminal [6]
Wescosville, Pennsylvania Charcoal park and ride [6]

Fleet

Bieber Transportation Group has a fleet of 54 buses, which includes several luxury coaches. The fleet consists of tour buses manufactured by Motor Coach Industries, Prevost, and Van Hool that can seat between 33 and 56 passengers. Amenities on the buses include heating and air conditioning, restrooms, PA system, DVD players, and AM/FM CD stereo. [7]

Partnerships

Bieber Transportation Group serves as the exclusive motorcoach carrier for sports teams such as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and the Reading Royals. The company also provides transportation to the sports teams of Muhlenberg College and DeSales University. Bieber formerly maintained a transportation relationship with Kutztown University athletics. [7]

History

Carl R. Bieber Sr. opened a trucking company in Kutztown in 1928. He gradually added busses to his fleet; in 1946 the company began charter bus service from the Lehigh Valley. [8] In 1976, Bieber's son Carl R. Bieber Jr. took over the company. Company founder Carl R. Bieber died in 1991. In 2001, Bieber Jr. sold the company to Steven G. Haddad, who kept the Bieber name. Bieber Jr. died on June 10, 2005 at the age of 62. [9] Bieber acquired competitor Capitol Trailways in 2008. [10]

In March 2018, Bieber suspended bus service along a route connecting York, Lancaster, Pottstown, Limerick, and Norristown to New York City. [11] [12]

In 2017, Bieber paid a $20,000 settlement to the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 2018, the Internal Revenue Service filed a $915,736 lien against Bieber while the state of Pennsylvania filed a $187,143 lien against the company. In May 2018, a Berks County judge ordered Bieber to pay First National Bank of Pennsylvania $450,968 as part of a lawsuit. [11]

On July 28, 2018, the Bieber bus stop in New York City moved from the Port Authority Bus Terminal to 383 Madison Avenue at East 47th Street due to an unpaid $214,000 bill to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for use of the terminal. [13] Bieber had previously missed payments to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was threatened with termination notices in 2008, 2010, and 2012; with the termination in 2018 being permanent. [11] Trans-Bridge Lines took over Bieber's gate at Port Authority Bus Terminal and implemented service from Wescosville and Hellertown to New York City. [13] On August 20, 2018, the stop in New York City moved to West 31st Street between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue. [14] Starting August 27, 2018, Bieber buses heading toward New York City ran to the Weehawken Port Imperial ferry terminal in Weehawken, New Jersey, where a New York Waterway ferry provided a connection across the Hudson River to New York City; the ferry ride was included in the price of the bus ticket. [15] On November 6, 2018, Bieber buses resumed direct service into New York City with a stop at the intersection of 8th Avenue and 39th Street, with service to Weehawken Port Imperial discontinued. [16]

References

  1. ^ a b "Daily Bus Service to Philadelphia, PA". Bieber Transportation Group. January 8, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Daily Bus Service to New York City, NY". Bieber Transportation Group. January 8, 2017. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Staff (April 19, 2013). "Innovative Operator Profile: Diverse Service, Strategies Bring Success". Metro Magazine. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Travel Tours". Bieber Transportation Group. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Charter Bus". Bieber Transportation Group. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Bus Stations". Bieber Transportation Group. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "About Us". Bieber Transportation Group. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Wagaman, Matt Coughlin, Andrew. "Port Authority on booting Bieber buses: 'It's final'". themorningcall.com. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  9. ^ Solomon, Wendy (June 13, 2005). "Carl Bieber, former owner of bus company, dead at 62". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  10. ^ undefined (2008-12-31). "Capitol Trailways sale approved". PennLive.com. Retrieved 2018-10-21.
  11. ^ a b c Coughlin, Matt; Wagaman, Andrew (July 21, 2018). "Port Authority on booting Bieber buses: 'It's final'". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Mekkel, Tim (July 27, 2018). "New partnership restores daily bus service between Lancaster and NYC". LancasterOnline. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Bieber sets new pick-up, drop-off point in New York City". Allentown, PA: WFMZ-TV. July 27, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Bieber changes drop off and pick up locations in New York City". Allentown, PA: WFMZ-TV. August 17, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ferry ride to become part of Bieber's trip to New York City". Allentown, PA: WFMZ-TV. August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 26, 2018.
  16. ^ "Bieber Tourways set to resume direct service to New York City". Allentown, PA: WFMZ-TV. November 5, 2018. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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