As more people begin to step back onto public transportation, LANTA is improving services in Carbon County.

The company will roll out a new "Flex" service this week. The goal is to provide riders in rural communities with more services at a lower cost.

"It takes parts of the shared ride, which is the door-to-door nature of it but it limits in terms of where you can go. Whereas our normal shared ride is countywide, this limits this to a defined area, on certain days of the week," said Owen O'Neil, executive director of LANTA.

The pilot route will run through the Jim Thorpe and Penn-Kidder areas. Three more will be implemented throughout the year. Along each route will be a hospital, grocery store, senior center, and pharmacy.

"It allows especially seniors in those different areas to plan out their week and maybe make some of those trips on a day when the flex is available in their area of the county," said O'Neil.

Riders will also see a fare increase for shared ride services. Starting Wednesday, a one-way ticket will cost 90 cents more.

"We've been trying to delay it as much as we can but it was time to increase the fare so we can cover the cost of the system," said O'Neil.

Seniors sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging will catch a break.. Their rates are going up 30 cents one-way but the county will cover that cost.

"There will be no direct fare increase, out-of-pocket expense to the seniors who are sponsored," said Carbon County commissioner, Chris Lukasevich.

"We're trying to work in this direction so it's a less cost to the consumer," added fellow commissioner, Rocky Ahner.

Masks are required to be worn by both passengers and drivers while on the buses.

The new Flex service and fare increase both go into effect this Wednesday, July 1st. More information can be found on the official CCCT website.