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Free River Runner Shuttle

May 25 - August 31

Event Free River Runner Shuttle Photo

Enjoy the great outdoors without the stress of traffic and parking with the River Runner shuttle service from the Monroe County Transportation Authority, AKA Pocono Pony. The River Runner operates for the 2024 season on Saturdays from May 25 through August 31, providing free transportation in and around the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The River Runner shuttle will run a free hourly bus service on Saturdays to get hikers, bikers and boaters around in Delaware Water Gap Recreation Area during the summer.

The shuttle comes with a trailer attached that can portage kayaks, canoes and bikes up and down the river, along with their owners, children and people-friendly pets.

“So you park at one space, load your equipment on our bus and then we take you up to another part of the river where you unload your things and then float, ride or hike your way back to your car again,” said Rich Schlameuss, CEO of MCTA. “Rather than have two cars in two places, you only need a car in one spot and we do the transportation piece of it.”

The River Runner route begins at the Park and Ride in Delaware Water Gap (Exit 310 off Interstate 80) and runs a northbound shuttle every hour starting at 8:10 a.m. until 1:15 p.m. The southbound route will also run every hour from Milford Beach, between 10 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.

There are numerous stops where people can get on or off along Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area’s river access points and other locations, such as Kittatinny Point, Delaware Water Gap, Shawnee Inn, Smithfield Beach, Bushkill Access, Dingmans Access and Milford Beach. For a full schedule, visit here.

Passengers are asked to be at the stop five to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled arrival times of the busses and load all their own gear.

The Delaware Water Gap Connector, an MCTA shuttle bus, also provides service between the MCTA bus stop in Swiftwater and the Park and Ride lot in Delaware Water Gap.


May 25
August 31
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