posted on Friday, January 22, 2016
Chuck MacNeil delivered the news to board members
of the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority on Thursday
evening during its monthly meeting.
"A lot of work went into rolling this out this wee," he said,
and the new routes are being made possble with funding from Genesis
Health Care. "We'll continue to do everything we can to make sure
the service is everything we need and we'll adjust
MacNeil said he's happy and relieved th long-awaited new routes
are in place.
"It's a milestone for the PDRTA," he said.
On Mondays from 8 to 8:25 a.m., residents of Lamar can hop
aboard a bus and head to Timmonsville and then Darlington. That
route will loop back three more times throughout the day and finish
from 4:50 to 5:10 p.m. in Lamar.
Fares are $1 within one city and $3 for all other trips. Genesis
patients with IDs ride free to and from Pee Dee Health Care and
pharmacy. People 65 and over, persons with disabilities, veterans
with ID and Medicare card holders ride for half fare. Children
under 42 inches ride free, children above 42 inches ride for
Tuesdays will see residents of Coward getting on the bus from
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. with access to Scranton, Lake City and Olanta.
That route continues at regular intervals throughout the day until
5 to 5:35 p.m.
The fare is $2 within one city and $3 for all other trips one
way. The same rules apply regarding Genesis patients, seniors,
vets, persons with disabilities and children.
On Wednesdays, residents of Coward will see service get underway
at 6:45 to 7:05 a.m. and head to Darlington from Scranton, Lake
City, Olanta, Lamar and Timmonsville. From 10:10 to 10:30 a.m.
there will be inbound trips from Darlington to Lamar, Timmonsville,
Olanta, Lake City, Scranton and Coward.
One-way fares are $1 within one city; fares are $4 for Olanta to
Darlington and $3 for all other trips with the same rules.
In looking at the authority's finances, MacNeil said halfway
through the fiscal year, there's a $42,000 surplus.
"So for a $2.5 million budget, that's pretty good," he said,
adding that "every month is an adventure" because cash flow is
inconsistent. Insurance payments, which total about $100,000 a
year, cause spikes when they're due.
The board agreed on a 5 p.m. April 21 retreat before its regular
meeting to informally get to know each other better and to
As required under a pending review from the S.C. Department of
Transportation, MacNeil had to submit thousands of pages of
documentation to ensure compliance with state regulations, and he
expects DOT representatives to visit in February.
The board also updated drug and alcohol use policies with only
minor changes. One involved the authority no longer needing an
on-staff counselor; employees would be counseled off site. Training
for the management to keep current with drug and alcohol policies
would now only need to be done every three years instead of each
Financial management software updates were also approved, and
would see $7,360 spent to bring up to date general ledger
accounting, a fixed asset module and a human resources component.
Federal grants would pay for the bulk of the updates, said Sandy
Garris, the purchasing manager.
MacNeil also informed the board that Garris, who has been in
charge of purchasing for the last 12 years, will retire at the end
We certainly are very grateful for all the work she's done," he
said, as she's been "very involved with the board," and has put in
"a l ot of work and a lot of time."
For more information about the bus routes, call 843-665-2227
ext. 2 or visist www.PDRTA.org.
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