|BARTA bus terminal|
Former SEPTA regional rail station
Reading Franklin Street Terminal from Chestnut Street entrance
|Location||Franklin Street and 7th Street|
|Platforms||2 side platform|
|Connections||BARTA buses: All at the BARTA Transportation Center|
Franklin Street station is a former railroad and bus station in Reading, Pennsylvania. It currently is owned by Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority (BARTA) and hosts a brewpub restaurant operated by Saucony Creek Brewing Company.
Built by the Reading Railroad and dedicated on January 25, 1930, Franklin Street Station later served the SEPTA diesel service extending the Manayunk/Norristown Line to Pottsville. It closed when SEPTA cancelled the diesel service in 1981. BARTA acquired the building on December 14, 2005 and converted it into a bus depot in May of 2013.
The Franklin Street station served the railroad from 1930 until 1981 when SEPTA diesel service ceased operations. Medium distance trains serving the station included the King Coal and Schuykill. From 1981 until 2013, the building sat vacant until BARTA acquired and refurbished the building for bus services. The plan was to alleviate overcrowded services at the BARTA Transportation Center located about a block away, as well as make an effort to preserve the historic station. Grants from Federal, State and Local sources funded the acquisition and rehabilitation costs. The purpose for the acquisition was to create a multi-use complex in which the rehabilitation/renovation of the existing Franklin Street Station building and site was an integral component of the overall development of a transportation facility in the area. Between September 2013 and January 2014 BARTA bus service to Lebanon was operated from the Station. Due to low ridership, the bus service was discontinued.
In July of 2017 the station was used for a multimedia art exhibition entitled "This is Reading" 
In June of 2018, Saucony Creek Brewing Company leased the facility and opened a brewpub restaurant in July of 2019.
- "From grim to grand: Franklin Street Station gleams again 2/20/2013".
- 'Official Guide of the Railways,' June 1961, Reading Railroad section, Table 3
- "Franklin Street in its heyday" (PDF).
- "This is Reading". Lynn Nottage. 17 July 2017.
- "Saucony Creek Brewery to open downtown Reading location". Reading Eagle. 22 July 2019.
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