For the second consecutive year, the Endless Mountains Transportation Authority has seen a significant cost savings in transporting area youth to summer therapeutic camps, officials said Wednesday.
The authority provided mileage reimbursement to families and subcontracted with local social service organizations again this summer after doing so in 2012 resulted in a large savings, said Timothy Geibel, who manages shared ride services.
EMTA is required to provide transportation to and from the camps as part of the state's Medical Assistance Transportation Program.
Previously, the authority had subcontracted with a local school transportation company to provide the summer camp service. In 2011, the last year EMTA subcontracted with local busing companies, the authority paid $41,088.88, according to figures presented at Wednesday's board meeting.
In 2012, the authority switched to mileage reimbursement to families where possible and subcontracted with social service providers to transport campers who had no alternative means of transportation. The changes resulted in EMTA paying a total of $5,102.32 to operate the program that summer.
This year, the authority, now operating as BeST Transit, reduced expenses even further, paying $3,470.59 in mileage reimbursement to two subcontractors and seven families.
EMTA reimbursed organizations and families at between 48 and 55 cents per mile, a greatly reduced rate from the $3 to $3.50 per mile it had paid bus companies, Geibel said.
Acting general manager Bill Nichols praised the results of the changes. "I think we did this very efficiently," he said.
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