TAVARES — Staff from LakeXpress, Lake County’s public transportation service, is encouraging its riders to participate in the Florida Public Transportation Association’s “Tell Your Story” contest for a chance to win a 42-inch flat screen television.
The association is seeking true stories from Floridians and visitors that benefit from using any of the 28 public transportation systems in Florida. Riders can tell their positive experiences using public transit by submitting a short video, a photograph and caption, or a short essay.
The public is invited to be creative and tell www.floridatransit.org what they are doing with all the money they save by taking transit. The rules are posted on www.floridatransit.org. The first-place winner will receive a 42-inch flat screen television. The entries that finish second and third will each receive a third generation iPod Touch.
All submissions must be received by May 31, 2010. The judges are especially looking for stories, photographs and videos that can be used in a statewide campaign to educate the public on the benefits of transit and to show how individual Floridians enjoy the ride.
The nonprofit Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) includes every major public transit agency in Florida, as well as interested citizens and businesses. The FPTA acts as a collective voice in promoting the recognition, use, expansion and enhancement of public transportation in the state. The transit industry in Florida employs tens of thousands, transports about 262 million riders annually and creates billions of dollars in annual economic activity.
LakeXpress includes four routes. Route 1 runs from The Villages to Eustis, primarily on U.S. Highway 441. Route 2 circulates in downtown Leesburg. Route 3 circulates in downtown Mount Dora. Route 4 runs from the Altoona Post Office on State Road 19 to the community of Zellwood on U.S. Highway 441 where passengers can transfer to LYNX route 44.
LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Fares for LakeXpress are $1 for all trips. Half-fares are available for riders 60 years or older, students and individuals with disabilities (buses are equipped with lifts). Free fares are available for children under five years of age, who are accompanied by a fare-paying chaperone.
For more information about LakeXpress or to view a bus schedule, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com.