Wells on Wheels presents annual report to county

January 18, 2012 — By DAVE SCHULTZ

The Wells County Council on Aging’s Wells on Wheels public transportation program continues to grow, its leaders told the Wells County Commissioners Tuesday morning. To read and/or download the full report, click here
The program made 34,560 trips for 864 different riders in 2011, which was up 2.3 percent from the 33,774 trips that were made in 2010. There were 864 different riders, up 2.6 percent from the 842 different riders who used the service in 2010.
Bonnie Valind, director of the Council on Aging, and Betsy Collier, the transportation program manager, brought the statistics to the commissioners. The numbers showed increases in all age groups except for school-age children, which dropped only one from 2010 to 2011.
“We’re finally getting to that point where it’s not fluctuating quite as much,” Woodward noted. “From where it started way back when, it’s proven itself.”
WoW has a sliding scale of costs for seniors, for trips within Bluffton, and for trips to other areas of the county. Collier said that the program’s limit is 50 miles; costs to Fort Wayne or other areas within the 50-mile radius are much more expensive.

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