With a population of nearly 90,000 Reading, Pennsylvania is one of the biggest cities in the state and the county seat for Berks County. Reading has multiple railroad systems, although most of them are now defunct relics of a time when manufacturing was a key industry in the state. Reading is still well known as the Pretzel City, for the various pretzel bakeries that can be found around town.
There are many ways to get around Reading, including rail, roadways, airlines, and bus systems. Though most of the railroads were shut down many years ago, rising gas prices have prompted government officials bring back some of the passenger lines. Most public transit is in the form of the BARTA public bus system. Greyhound’s private buses are also a fixture in the city. The major highways running in and out of Reading include US Routes 222 and 422, and PA Routes 10 and 12.