By AMY GAREIS     News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Rural Transit riders will see some fee changes heading their way after Harrison County Commissioners approved the submission of rate increases last Wednesday.

A public hearing was held during the regular meeting for the transit authority to apply for an operating grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio Public Transportation Grant Program. Rural Transit Director Karen Couch said the funding would help with public transportation service for Calendar Year 2013. Service is currently available weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and wheelchair users are advised to schedule rides 24 hours in advance for in-county trips and five days’ advance notice for out-of-area transports.

“Fares are presently $1 to $2.50 per one-way trip within the county. Harrison County Rural Transit is planning on a rate increase of 50 cents per one-way trip, so fares will increase to $1.50 to $3 per one-way trip upon approval from ODOT,” she said, adding that children under 5 ride free and all trips depend upon availability.

You’ll find the complete story in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.