Somerset County Transportation System
SCTS is operated by The Community Action Partnership for Somerset County Tableland Services, Inc.
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What Is SCTS?
In November, 1981, SCTS began operation to access transportation funds made available by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
SCTS is operated in accordance with guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Services are provided by The Somerset County Commissioners, with The Community Action Partnership for Somerset County/ Tableland Services, Inc. as the operating agency.
Transportation is provided to the general public on a demand response basis. Everyone must be scheduled at least (1) day in advance of desired service. Transportation services are scheduled daily prior to 3:00 pm. The local phone number is 444-8539. For clients living out of the local area, we have a toll free phone number, 1-800-452-0241.
The system operates Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Transportation services are not available on Somerset County holiday. Our first scheduled pick up daily is 8:15 am and all schedules must be completed by 4:00 pm.
Additional and extended hours of service are provided on an as needed basis. Passengers are requested to contact the office regarding potential early or late pickup and drop off times.
We have 18 vehicles in our present system. Twelve (12) are equipped with wheel chair lift or ramp. These vehicles are based in (6) locations in the county. The locations are: Somerset, Confluence, Meyersdale, Hollsopple, Central City and Windber. The System is set up under a fare structure with the county divided into 14 zones.
We have scheduled certain days of the week and/ or month for certain areas to assure some transportation service to people living in these areas. In this way, passengers can plan ahead and know when to make their appointments.
In the event of a cancellation, we make every effort to re-schedule. Schedules are subject to change due to weather conditions. Limited service is provided on days when adverse weather conditions cause area schools to be closed.
Who Can Ride?
Anyone can schedule a ride… But for free or reduced fare services; you must be registered as eligible for one or more of the many programs available. We have several fare reimbursed funds that passengers may qualify for. In order to evaluate the passenger's individual qualifications we request that each person visit our office to register. If needed, we can provide round trip transportation for their registration process. Please contact the office in order to determine what information is needed to register.
The Following Programs Are Available:
Area Agency on Aging - Senior Citizens
Passengers are provided service in two age categories. They are 60-64 & 65 and older. Before we can provide transportation service to any senior citizen, our office is responsible for verifying the age of all passengers.
H.S.D.F. - Human Services Development Fund
Requirements: Age 18-59, Low Income Eligible, Live in Somerset County.
There is no passenger co-pay for HSDF funded trips. However, HSDF funds are limited and SCTS allocates the funds monthly. Any income and age eligible person must come to our office and complete an eligibility form. Proof of income must be provided.
M.A.T.P. - Medical Assistance Transportation Program
This is available to anyone who has a current access card from the Department of Public Welfare. Any eligible person can utilize the van service or can be reimbursed mileage to and from appointments when using their own vehicle. These persons must first come to our office to enroll for this program. Transportation to and from medical appointments and pharmacies are the only trips that are eligible. This funding pays 100% of the fare.
Persons With Disabilities, Rural Transportation Program
Provided to Somerset County residents who are certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Must be between ages 18-64. Will pay for 85% of the fare, passengers pay 15%. Can be used to commute to and from work site and other destinations such as bank, post office, etc. Pre-registration is required.