Free Boat Shuttle to Delaware River

Free service will transport your boat, bike, and dog

SMITHFIELD TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Public transportation in the Poconos can help ease the stress of planning your next river trip. It's a service that's been around for years, yet many don't know about it.

Daniel Hosler and his brother just got done with a peaceful kayaking trip on the Delaware River.

"It was great. Very nice water. We saw a bunch of bald eagles, saw a black bear yesterday," says Daniel Hosler of Berks County.

But getting on the River wasn't easy. The Hosler's had to bring two vehicles, leaving one at their starting point and the other at the finish mark.  

"See, my car right now is about 30 miles north from here. We're in my brothers truck and I have to go pick that up. It's about an hour out of the way from home," Hosler explains.

The brothers didn't know that Monroe County's Public Transportation Authority, Pocono Pony, could solve the hassle. On weekends and holidays, free shuttles with boat racks run up and down the Delaware almost every hour.

"We transport you up river, you float down and you're back at your vehicle again," says Rich Schlamuss, Assistant Executive Director, Monroe County Transportation Authority.

Each shuttle can transport eight bikes and your dog, if it's well behaved.

This is a partnership between the Monroe County Transit Authority and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It's called the "River Runner Route".

"It gives them the opportunity to get out in the Park, not worry where they are going, or get stuck in any traffic jams," adds Kathleen Sandt, Public Affairs Specialist, National Park Service.

The Hosler's wish they knew about the free service sooner.

"It's a great idea, I'm definitely going to look into it in the future here," Hosler smiles.

The free shuttle runs every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day.

RIVER RUNNER ROUTE SCHEDULE: https://www.gomcta.com/trip.php


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