Have you ever had to wait for a LANTA bus in Hellertown and found yourself wishing there was a place to rest your weary feet? If the borough is successful in finding a grant to pay for bus stop benches, your wish may come true.
At Monday’s Hellertown Borough Council meeting, council president Tom Rieger said a resident recently shared a concern about a lack of benches at Main Street bus stops.
Appropriately enough, council voted unanimously to seek grant funding from the Main Street Lehigh Valley program to pay for the bus stop benches.
Borough manager Cathy Hartranft said the borough would be responsible for maintaining them, but residents who live next to a bus stop might need to clear snow from them in the wintertime.
Hartranft noted that as part of pedestrian safety improvements that will take place along the Main Street corridor in 2020 a bus shelter is supposed to be built at Main Street and Thomas Avenue.
Hellertown is served by buses that run along LANTA’s Rt. 215, which has a southbound terminus at the Creekside Marketplace shopping center in Lower Saucon Township.
Southbound bus stops in the borough are located on Main Street at Kichline Avenue, Kiernan Avenue, Roth Avenue, High Street, Clarke Street, Linden Avenue, Thomas Avenue, Depot Street, Easton Road, Penn Street, Saucon Street, Magnolia Road, Pine Street, Walnut Street and Polk Valley Road.
Northbound bus stops are located along Main Street at Polk Valley Road (Shoppes at Hellertown), Walnut Street, Spruce Street, Saucon Street, Penn Street, Water Street, Easton Road, Depot Street, Thomas Avenue, Clark Street, Wilson Avenue, High Street, Wagner Avenue and Cherry Lane.
On weekdays the first northbound bus leaves the Creekside Marketplace shopping center at 6:23 a.m., and the last bus of the evening arrives there at 11:27 p.m.
Tell us: Do you think Hellertown’s bus stops should have benches?