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No Service on Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2024

There will be NO Red Rose Transit or Red Rose Access service on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024.  RRTA offices will also be closed.  Regular service will resume on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.

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Proposed Route and Schedule Changes Details

RRTA has proposed Route and Schedule changes that were presented at the South Central Transit Authority Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.  The proposed changes are based off of the recommendations from the SCTA…

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Lititz Street Work Detour – Monday, April 8, 2024

Street work will close part of Main Street in Lititz on Monday, April 8, 2024.  Main Street will be CLOSED from Water Street to Locust Street. The following detour will occur: Outbound: Regular route to…

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Overview/History

History of Red Rose Transit Authority

Customers loading onto a Red Rose Transit bus at bus stop

History of Red Rose Transit Authority

The Authority was formed by joint action of Lancaster City Council and Lancaster County Board of Commissioners under the “Municipality Authorities Act of 1945.” Initially formed as an administrative agency, the Authority became an operating agency on April 1, 1976 when it acquired the fixed-route assets of two private carriers.

A new operations facility, located at 45 Erick Road, Lancaster was constructed in 1979, to maintain a modern bus fleet and continue to adjust bus services to meet ever changing local needs.

In 1992, the Authority consolidated with the Lancaster Integrated Specialized Transportation System (LISTS) under the corporate structure of the Authority. The shared ride service was renamed Red Rose Access. This consolidation modified RRTA’s responsibilities to include both fixed-route and shared ride services.

In 2005, Queen Street Station was completed as RRTA’s downtown transit center. Located at 225 North Queen Street, Lancaster, the transit center was built on the former site of the Otto Paving and Construction Company building, which was constructed in 1926. Re-use of some of the masonry and wood framing of the Otto building can be seen in the trellis area of the transit park.

On September 2009, RRTA broke ground on Queen Street Station Phase II located on the corner of Queen and Chestnut Streets in Downtown Lancaster. Phase II included a 395 (seven levels) parking garage and three bus bays that will give RRTA access to Chestnut Street. The revenue from the parking garage will be used for the operating costs of RRTA’s transportation services.

As part of the construction of Queen Street Station Phase II, an archaeological excavation was completed at the site. A link to the final report of the archaeological excavation can be found below.

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Our Mission

The Red Rose Transit Authority exists to provide effective public transportation services to the citizens of Lancaster County and to perform these services at the highest standards of safety, courtesy, reliability, and efficiency.