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County transportation system to get new buses

February 18, 2003|by STACEY DANZUSO

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A countywide transportation system many seniors rely on for trips to the doctor will replace part of its fleet of buses this spring.

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a contract to Leibensperger Transportation Sales Inc., of Macungie, Pa., for $125,262 for three handicap-accessible buses.

Franklin County Transportation has a fleet of 21 vehicles, and the new buses will replace some aging vehicles, said Beverly Freeman, director of Franklin County Transportation.

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The buses can seat up to 12 people, depending on whether any are in wheelchairs.

The service will pick up any county resident and take them anywhere in the county if they call 24 hours in advance to make an appointment, Freeman said.

For the general public, that cost is $17.50 round trip.

Through a medical assistance grant to the county, however, the agency will take qualifying residents to doctors appointments. Other agencies, like the Department of Mental Health, will pay to have some of its clients driven to appointments, she said.

Primarily the service is used by seniors 60 and older who pay 50 cents a trip to various senior centers, barber shops, lawyers offices and other appointments. The cost is offset by funding from the Area Agency on Aging.

Although the Board of Commissioners had to approve the bid on the buses, the county does not actually pay for them. There is state funding that will cover the costs of the buses, Commissioner Cheryl Plummer said.

Franklin County Transportation averages 248 trips a day, Monday through Friday, Freeman said.

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