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Board Meeting Dates for Year 2014

Wednesday     January 22, 2014

Wednesday     February 26, 2014

Wednesday     March 26, 2014

Wednesday     April 16, 2014

Wednesday     May 28, 2014

Wednesday     June 25, 2014

Wednesday     July 23, 2014

NO MEETING IN AUGUST

Wednesday     September 24, 2014

Wednesday     October 22, 2014

Wednesday     December 10, 2014 (November & December meeting combined)

BeST Transit extends reservation cut-off time

BeST Transit recently announced it will extend its morning deadline to make reservations for its Door-to-Door Shared Rides by two hours beginning  Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.

Passengers will now have until 11 a.m. the business day prior to their scheduled appointment to call BeST. BeST Transit provides public transportation in Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties.

“We listened to our consumers who said the 9 a.m.-deadline the day before was too early,” said a BeST Transit spokesperson. “Those two extra hours will allow passengers a little bit more of a window to call our reservationist at BeST.”

Customers, however, can call up to several days or even weeks to schedule a ride with BeST Transit.

DOOR-to-DOOR SHARED RIDE SERVICE

There are three major transportation programs that serve many qualified residents of Bradford, Sullivan and Tioga counties.

BeST Transit’s transportation programs are funded through various state agencies. These agencies regulate the qualification requirements. The programs include:

Senior Shared Ride:

Residents, within the coverage area, who are 65 years of age or older are eligible for the program. The program is funded through the Pennsylvania Lottery Program. The lottery program funds 85 percent of the program and Area Agency on Aging funds the remaining 15 percent, minus a 75-cent co-pay. The trips can be used for almost any reason Monday through Friday within the three-county coverage area.

Persons with Disabilities Transportation Program:

Residents who are between the ages of 18 and 64 and have a certifiable disability are qualified. There is a mileage-based co-pay that ranges from $2.50 to $7.50 per destination. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The trips can be used for almost any reason Monday through Friday within the three-county coverage area.

Medical Assistance Transportation Program:

Applicants must have Medical Assistance through the Department of Welfare to qualify for this transportation program. This service can only be used for medical appointments or to have prescriptions filled. There is no co-pay, as the Department of Welfare reimburses BeST for the trips.

SHARED RIDES OUTSIDE COVERAGE AREA

BeST Transit can also travel to Williamsport, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton, Elmira, Coudersport, Tunkhannock and even Danville on certain days of the week for medical appointments.

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2011: The following are the days EMTA will travel for medical appointments only outside EMTA's three-county coverage area:

  • Binghamton, N.Y.: Mondays
  • Coudersport (Tioga County only): Mondays
  • Danville/Williamsport: Wednesdays
  • Elmira, N.Y.: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: Tuesdays
  • Bath, N.Y. (Tioga County only): Thursdays
  • Bradford/Sullivan to Tioga County (Pa.): Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays
  • Tioga County (Pa.) to Bradford/Sullivan counties: Tuesday Wednesday and Thursdays

Remaining the same will be:

  • Within Bradford/Sullivan: Monday through Friday
  • Within Tioga County: Monday through Friday

Passengers are asked to make their respective drop-off times between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. All reservations must be made by 9 a.m. the business day before.