CamTran shouldn’t limit its service

I applaud the Cambria County Area Agency on Aging for recognizing just how devastating CamTran’s cuts are for seniors in our area. I appreciate their trying to compensate for CamTran’s callous decision.

However, the Area Agency on Aging’s renting a 15-passenger van will never even come close to replacing the thousands of trips cut by CamTran this year.

CamTran is claiming PennDOT informed leaders that it wasn’t permitted to take special trips because “shared ride does not include exclusive ride taxi service, charter, group or party services, sightseeing services, non-public, transportation, school bus or limousine service.”

According to CamTran, the shared ride program doesn’t permit trips to the Flight 93 National Memorial, the Quecreek Mine Rescue site in Somerset, Fort Ligonier in Westmoreland County, Old Bedford Village or the Fort Bedford Museum.

Could CamTran explain how it’s possible for seniors to use the shared ride program to take special trips in Blair County to DelGrosso Park, Oak Spring Winery, Fort Roberdeau, Horseshoe Curve and Canoe Creek State Park, but no trips are allowed in Somerset, Bedford or Westmorland?

If it’s OK to visit museums, forts and national parks in in Blair County, then why can’t we go to similar places in Somerset, Bedford or Westmorland counties?

All seniors want is to enjoy all that the Laurel Highlands has to offer.

Linda Gregg

Hastings

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