Saturday, June 19, 2004

Intermodal Trip - Getting to the Delaware Canal by Bus?

Bike Map Cartographer Steve Spindler and I tried out a little known NY commuter bus route (Trans-Bridge Lines) that goes to New Hope via the Doylestown Train Station. This route enables Philadelphia area bicyclists to start or end Delaware Canal Bicycle trips in New Hope, Lambertville or Frenchtown.

If you are interested in the details read on...

We got off the train at Doylestown at 12:40 and found that the 1:25 departing bus was already parked at the stop. The driver opened the bay door for us, the driver told us to buy tickets at the first stop which is the Shell Station at 611 and the 202 bypass.

The one way fare from Doylestown to New Hope was $4. They did not the apply the $7 bike charge and nor did make us sign a damage waiver (The charge and damage waiver for bike carriage is posted on the website).

The bus stop in New Hope is New York Bagel at the Centre Square shopping center just outside town on 202, the Lambertville Bus Stop is at the Exxon Station across from the NJ Transit Bus Shelter and is closer to the trail. NJ TRANSIT route 608 also offers limited bus service to Lambertville.

We rode the canal towpaths on both sides of river the passing thru Titusville NJ and Washington Crossing and returned on the R3 at Yardley. Possibly the first one way canal ride via transit.

Trip Photos

Trans-Bridge with R5 Connections Schedule

Many of the scheduled buses continue or originate in Bethlehem which means you can access the upper section of the Delaware Canal via the Lehigh Canal Towpath.