Seniors ride the CTA bus for free. Children pay 50 cents and others are charged $1.
Ridership so far has exceeded expectations, according to a report for local officials.
Backer said his private bus service will be dedicated at a ribbon-cutting Thursday afternoon. His 15-passenger bus, a 1990 Ford, won't start service until noon Sunday.
Backer said he has invested about $10,000 to buy the bus and install route signs. His relatives will serve as drivers in the family operation, he said.
His route will follow that of the CTA bus, running along Pa. 16 from Rouzerville to Zullinger. It will make 18 stops, beginning in the east at Sunshine Bowling Lanes in Rouzerville and ending at the Doris I. Billow Ice Arena in Zullinger. Stops will include Wayne Heights Mall, Waynesboro Mall, Chestnut Logs and Mountainside restaurants, plus eight stops along Main Street.
Riders will be able to request special stops by calling an 800 number for a cell phone carried by the driver, he said.
His service will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
He said his service will concentrate on children going to the skating rink and seniors and adults heading to the malls.
Riders will pay $2 for a one-way trip and $3 for a round trip, Backer said.
He is offering a special promotion with free rides all day on the four Sundays in December, he said.
"This will give people three free rides to the malls to Christmas shop and one free ride after Christmas to return their gifts," Backer said.