WAYNE COUNTY – Consumers who use services provided by the Wayne County Transportation System will see slight increases to the rates they pay.

“We have to keep up with the expenses for what we do,” said Carl Albright, transportation director.

“We provide more than 45,000 trips each year. To pay for the cost of those we have to periodically adjust the rates.”

He added sometimes the rates are usually adjusted every five years, but the county has been able to keep the same rates since July of 2011.

“Most of our trips are funded through the PA Lottery so that helps a lot,” Albright said.

“Anybody that rides our vans who are older than 65, the majority is paid by the PA Lottery. There is also other state funding.”

Each year the Wayne County Transportation System sees an increase in the number of residents using the services.

They receive transportation for things like shopping, work, recreation and medical appointments.

“We wish to take a moment to thank you for your continued support of our transportation program,” Albright said in a release.

“Although expenses have risen by small increments each year, we have not increased our rates since July 2011.

“We had been able to keep the rate of your co-pay steady, even though the cost of each trip has increased.”

The increases come from the fare structure that is set by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

Wayne County Transportation Services anticipates it will be an increase of less than a dollar each way in most cases.

In cases like trips over 50 miles there have been decreases.

“Longer trips have gone down,” Albright explained. “We used to charge $14.55 for trips over 70 miles and now it's $12 for anything over 50 [miles].

“There aren't many of those trips so the cost is offset. We still made them affordable.

“We are working hard to keep your transportation costs as low as possible.”

The changes from PennDOT also affect customers who are in the PA Persons with Disabilities program.

Customers 60 and over who travel under Area Agency on Aging or PA Lottery funding, the $1 copay will stay the same for trips within Wayne County.

Trips outside of Wayne County will have a $2 copay.

“We look forward to bringing you to your appointments in a friendly and cost-effective way so that you can continue to use our service as needed,” Albright stated in a release.

The new rates based on one way trip miles are as follows:

• 0.0 to 3.9-$3

• 4.0 to 10.9-$3.75

• 11.0 to 24.9-$6

• 25.0 to 49.9-$8.25

• Over 50.0-$12

For questions call the transportation office at (570) 253-4280.