LCTA Approves Rate Hikes
The cost of public transportation in Luzerne County will rise next year.
The Luzerne County Transportation Authority board of directors this week approved rate adjustments for 2018, that will take effect on Jan. 5.
The new rates include the first increases in the regular fare to ride an LCTA bus in 12 years, as well as increases in the cost of transfers and passes.
The regular fare will increase from $1.50 to $1.75; half-fare will rise from 75 cents to 85 cents and transfers will increase from 50 cents to 75 cents, under the new rate structure.
The rates for multi-day and multi-ride passes will also increase, but a one-day pass will remain at $4.
The rate increase is needed to keep pace with inflation, the rising cost of health care, fluctuations in the price of diesel fuel and uncertainties over future funding, LCTA officials said, in a news release.
Revenue from the revised rates will help LCTA to expand evening service, authority officials said at a forum to take public comment on the rates, held last month at Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre.
The new fare structure brings LCTA’s rates in line with other transportation systems in eastern Pennsylvania, including the County of Lackawanna Transit System, or COLTS.
That will allow LCTA and COLTS to honor passes from one system to the other — which will make life easier for those traveling by bus between the two counties, LCTA Executive Director Norm Gavlick said at last month’s forum.
“You could travel from the lower end of Luzerne County to the upper end of Lackawanna County on one pass,” Gavlick said.
For more information about LCTA and the new fares, see: www.LCTABUS.com.