May 21, 2015 News Release: Transportation to implement new software, adjust fares, Department of Human Services, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

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Greene County Department of Human Services
19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5276 • Fax: 724-852-5368 •

News Release

County of Greene, Pennsylvania
Contact: Elizabeth Menhart
Communications Director
Phone: 724-852-5210 / Fax 724-627-5428

Transportation to implement new software, adjust fares
FOR RELEASE — May 21, 2015

WAYNESBURG, PA — As part of a statewide initiative to streamline the delivery of shared-ride services, reduce costs and improve efficiencies, the Greene County Transportation Services program is in the process of implementing a new paratransit scheduling software called Ecolane. The new software is scheduled to be in effect the second week of June.

Due to the implementation of the new software, transportation fares for all riders will be adjusted. Instead of separate medical and non-medical rates, all riders will be charged one fare. The average overall proposed fare increase is 1.9 percent.

During their May 21 regular meeting, the Greene County Commissioners approved an application to the state Department of Transportation outlining the fare adjustment and increase. The application and changes will need to be approved by PennDOT, which pays for up to 85 percent of the fares through different funding streams. Riders are responsible for the difference in the form of a co-payment.

Greene County Transportation provides rides to consumers eligible for the state Senior Shared-Ride and Rural Transportation for Persons with Disabilities programs. The office also provides advance-reservation, shared-ride, door-to-door transportation services to residents of Greene County through the Medical Assistance Transportation program, as well as to members of the general public needing transportation. Out-of-county trips are only for medical appointments scheduled between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. MATP consumers will not be affected by any of the changes.

Co-payments will vary by funding stream and distance to the destination, so Transportation office staff will work individually with consumers to determine the change in the co-payments they will need to make.

Registered individuals age 65 and older will still travel at no cost to them to senior centers and adult day cares due to continued sponsorship from the Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging. In addition, the agency will continue to sponsor a portion of the cost of medical trips for individuals age 65 and older.

Funding for the Greene County Transportation Services program is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and PennDOTís Shared-Ride Program.

Calls to schedule appointments must be made no later than noon on the day before a requested ride, and before noon on a Friday if the requested trip day is a Monday.

For more information or questions about program changes, call the Transportation office at 724-627-6778, or toll-free at 1-877-360-7433.

For general information, please contact the Information Services
at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399
Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370

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