Located in a beautifully renovated historic railroad freight station, the building is now known as the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum. The museum is dedicated to informing and educating the public about the historic transportation systems and facilities of the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. Focusing on the various modes of transportation and the impact that they had on the economic growth of the neighborhood, visitors can gain an understanding of the evolution of local transportation and its role in the national growth of transportation.
The construction of the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum building was completed in 2005 and fundraising began in 2006 to raise money to complete the exhibits such as the Pullman passenger “parlor” railcar and 1962 GMC bus. The bus operated regular transportation locally from 1962 to 1980 and has been fully restored to operating condition and has been used in celebrations such as parades and festivals.
River Valley Transit operates the local public transit buses for the City of Williamsport and coordinated the effort to hire several professional organizations to develop the exhibit space within the museum. The planning of the museum was started during a streetscape project across the City of Williamsport and because of the tie to transit, River Valley Transit took the lead on creating a partnership to develop the museum.
There was a historic district effort entitled “Experience Victorian Williamsport” and included Preservation Williamsport and leadership by the Thomas T. Taber Historical Society Museum. Since the grand opening in 2007, River Valley Transit continues to operate the museum and has made the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum the home of the Williamsport Trolleys. Today all administrative functions, as well as grounds care and facility maintenance, are managed by the staff and team at River Valley Transit.