David Kilmer

David Kilmer, executive director of the Red Rose Transit Authority, at the depot on Erick Road.

Lancaster’s Red Rose Transit Authority board today is expected to move ahead with plans to merge with the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority.

A committee studying the merger of the Lancaster and Reading based agencies is expected to deliver a report on the merger.

The boards of both authorities voted in late July to proceed with planning for the merger.

The RRTA board will meet at 1:30 p.m., at the authority’s operations center on Erick Road.

Articles of incorporation for the merged authority need to be approved and the consolidation of the two authorities will need the approval of the County Commissioners in Lancaster and Berks counties.

State Transportation Department and Federal Transit Administration officials must also sign off on the merger.

David Kilmer, RRTA executive director and acting executive director of BARTA, said earlier that he expected to merger to be completed for the start of the new year.

Kilmer was named to the BARTA post  in October following the death of the Berks transit authority’s long-time executive director.

The merger talks also come as state transportation officials are considering the effects of consolidating smaller agencies into regional authorities.

The merger is expected to save the two agencies $650,000 annually through the combination of administrative services and joint purchasing, Kilmer said in July.

RRTA and BARTA have continued to operate as separate agencies in recent months. Kilmer has said he does not anticipate that will change.

He said the agencies will continue to use the names they are known by in their respective counties and the colors of buses will not change.

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Bernard Harris is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers transportation issues and Lancaster City Hall. He also blogs about bicycling at Road Apples and Potholes. He can be reached at bharris@lnpnews.com or (717) 481-6022. You can also follow@BHarris_LNP on Twitter.