posted on Friday, March 15, 2013
PDRTA DRAMATICALLY REDUCING
SERVICES March 2013
After decades of providing Medicaid transportation under
contract, the PDRTA will end this service on April 12, 2013.
Other transportation providers in the Pee Dee Region will be used
by the broker under contract with the South Carolina Department of
Health and Human Services to continue providing Medicaid
transportation to those who are eligible.
This service became too costly for PDRTA to continue. As
this work was the largest part of PDRTA's network of transportation
services in many rural communities, PDRTA expects to end its
presence in Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Dillon Counties by May of
this year. PDRTA further expects to end ALL
demand response services except those in proximity to existing
fixed route (scheduled) bus service.
In addition, PDRTA is working hard to seek new local revenue,
previously earned through our Medicaid work, necessary to access
state and federal funds in support of public transportation.
Without any new revenue from a local source, PDRTA will further
reduce services to the point that can be sustained through existing
and future local revenue. Funding requests have been
submitted to many area governmental entities where fixed route
service exists. Presentations have also been made in several
areas to provide additional information as to service costs and the
economic benefits of public transportation in the communities.
The public is welcome to submit comments regarding this
situation. In addition to various public meetings ongoing
around the Pee Dee to obtain public input, comments may also be
submitted to PDRTA by mail (313 S. Stadium Rd., Florence, SC
29506), by telephone to Don Strickland, PDRTA Transportation
Manager (843-665-2227, ext 135), or by e-mail through this website
(click on the link to "Inquiries"). All public comments will
be presented to the PDRTA Board of Directors at their March 28,
2013 meeting. Comments must be received in advance of the meeting
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