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See why Penn State star’s father is suing bus company

Alibay Barkley said he was wrongly arrested on a LANTA bus due to his race.

The father of Penn State star football player Saquon Barkley claims he was wrongly accused of not…

LANTA bus service to resume on snow detour route

It was shut down by Tuesday’s snowstorm.

LANTA‘s bus service is scheduled to resume with some limitations at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The bus service will operate on the full snow detour route, the Allentown-based transportation authority said in a news release.

“Please anticipate some delays in service due road conditions,” LANTA said in the release.

Service was stopped due to Tuesday’s snowstorm. Conditions remained icy and some roads were snow covered on Wednesday morning.

Drivers advised to ‘take it easy’

The van service and the flex service won’t run on Wednesday, LANTA said, updating a previous advisory that said van service would operate for dialysis patients only.

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Fred Williams On LANTA Board for 30 Years

Northampton County Council enthusiastically and unanimously voted last night to give affable Fred Williams another four years on the LANTA Board. Though Williams at one time owned an Exxon distributorship, he prefers walking or taking the bus to drivin…

Highway speed limits drop as snow picks up in intensity

Three major Lehigh Valley Routes are impacted.

Speed limits on Lehigh Valley highways were reduced to 45 mph as snow picked up in intensity early Thursday morning.
The Pennsylvan…

Bedbugs found at LANTA bus stop, buses clean

Bedbugs were found on an outdoor bench but not on an buses, the transportation authority reports.

Bedbugs were discovered on an outdoor bench at the LANTA Bethlehem bus tran…

LANTA to resume mostly regular service for weekend

The Lehigh Valley’s bus transit provider lists restrictions on two routes in Bethlehem and Allentown.

lanta busLANTA says regular service resumes, for the most part, Jan. 30, 2016, after a snow emergency. ( file photo) 

LANTA says its buses and other transit services will operate on a regular schedule Saturday and Sunday, with two exceptions.

No service will be provided to Lynfield Terrace in Bethlehem on Route 103 either day. In Allentown, there will be no service Saturday on 17th Street between Hamilton and Elm streets and no service on El Street between 17th and 15th streets on Route 603.

WATCH: Bethlehem snow removal continues week after flakes began falling

Route 603 buses will operate on the following detour as follows in Allentown:

Southbound buses will use 17th Street to Hamilton Street to 15th Street and continue service. Northbound buses will use normal routing (15th Street to Hamilton Street to 17th Street) and continue service.

Route 603 does not operate on Sunday.

All other routes will return to normal service after four days under a snow emergency.

Additional information is available at

LANTAVan will provide normal scheduled service for the weekend. For passengers to be picked up, streets must already be plowed, and sidewalks, walkways, driveways and steps must be clear.

LANTAFlex will provide normal service for the weekend.

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LANTA continuing under snow emergency for third day

The snow emergency route guide on its website,, lists changes to routes affected by the status.

LANTA says it is limiting service Thursday, for a third str…

LANTA offers special route to Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular

The zoo’s Winter Light Spectacular runs 5:30 until 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 3, 2016, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Need a ride to the Lehigh Valley Zoo‘s second annual Winter Light Spectacular? LANTA‘s got you covered.

Lehigh Valley Zoo presents Winter Light Spectacular on Dec. 20, 2014The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority says it is partnering with the Lehigh Valley Zoo for round-trip bus service to the zoo’s Winter Light Spectacular in 2015. ( file photo)  

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority is partnering with the zoo, at 5150 Game Preserve Road in Lehigh County’s North Whitehall Township, to provide round-trip bus service from the Allentown Transportation Center, North Seventh and Linden streets in Allentown.

Buses depart on the hour from 5 through 9 p.m. and return to the center from the zoo at 15 minutes after the hour from 6:15 though 10:15 p.m.

The special service is available Fridays through Dec. 18 and Wednesdays through Dec. 23.

Christmas tree-lightings, holiday events in the Lehigh Valley

The Winter Light Spectacular runs 5:30 until 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 3, 2016, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tickets for the Lehigh Valley Zoo fundraiser are $14 for adults and $9 for children ages 2 through 11.

Regular bus fares apply for the LANTA rides. Riders holding 31-Day or other pre-paid passes will be able to use those at no additional cost.

The zoo says its Winter Light Spectacular features nearly a million energy-conserving lights, eight distinctly themed display areas, popular holiday movies, cozy fire pits, giant snow globes, a live reindeer and treat stations featuring seasonal favorites s’mores and hot chocolate.

New this year are musical light shows in the zoo’s Otter Stadium, featuring themes from “Star Wars,” “Frozen” and the Minions of “Despicable Me,” as well as some classic holiday tunes.

In addition, the event includes an opportunity for professional photographs with Santa Claus in partnership with Dan’s Camera City.

“We are very happy to work with Lehigh Valley Zoo to make attending this great holiday event available to many more people in the Lehigh Valley,” LANTA Executive Director Owen O’Neil said in a statement.

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Steve Schmitt, late transportation advocate, to be honored in Bethlehem

A day of service and celebration is scheduled March 29, 2015, in Bethlehem to honor Steve Schmitt, a longtime advocate for turning away from cars.

A day of service and celebratio…

LANTA offers bus fare discount for Lehigh Carbon Community College students

The college’s faculty, staff and students can get a 40 percent discount on bus passes.

lanta busView full sizeLANTA and LCCC are teaming up to provide reduced bus fare for file photo 

The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority and Lehigh Carbon Community College have teamed up to offer students reduced bus fare.

Under an agreement effective this semester, LCCC will purchase bus passes from LANTA at a 20 percent discount. The college will pass that savings, plus another 20 percent, on to its roughly 7,000 faculty, staff and students, officials announced Tuesday.

So, with the 40 percent total discount off bus passes, a normally $16 10-ride ticket will cost $9.60, for example.

“With LCCC’s campus in Schnecksville and busy Downtown Allentown Donley Center we believe there is a great potential for students and others on campus to take advantage of the convenience of public transit,” LANTA Executive Director Owen O’Neil said.

LANTA buses will pick up and drop off riders at a bus shelter on the college’s main campus in North Whitehall Township. And passengers leaving or headed to the Donley Center have easy access to the Allentown Transportation Center at Seventh and Linden streets.

“We are happy to work with LANTA to make available to our campus community a substantial discount for those who choose to take the bus to class, activities or their jobs at our two locations in Lehigh County,” LCCC President Ann Bieber said.

Agreements like the one between LANTA and LCCC are becoming increasingly common, O’Neil said: “Transit authorities and colleges have come to realize there is a growing need for low-cost public transportation which benefits the college communities, the transit authorities and the public at large.”

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