A fare decrease for some trips made with Wheels, a Lexington transportation service for people with disabilities, starts Wednesday.
Riders will pay $2 instead of $3 for trips that take Wheels vehicles more than three-quarters of a mile outside Lexington Transit Authority bus route boundaries. Those rides will continue to be provided on a space-available basis, said LexTran spokesman Dave Riggins. The fare decrease also applies to trips made after regular LexTran route hours in a given area.
The local American Red Cross chapter operates Wheels with funding from LexTran.
The rate for the Wheels trips was raised on March 1, nearly a year after a Federal Transit Administration audit showed a lack of oversight and capacity problems in the Wheels program.
The FTA auditor recommended a higher fare for the longer trips and trips made after regular LexTran operating hours and said that the fare for those rides could be higher than $3, Riggins said. The FTA also said service beyond the three-quarter mile limit did not have to be offered at all.
Urban County Council members asked LexTran to consider lowering the fare.
Regular Wheels rides will remain at a one-way price of $1.60.