TAVARES – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners received the Rural Community Transportation Coordinator of the Year Award during the 22nd Annual Transportation Disadvantaged 2014 Awards Program held July 30 in Orlando.
“The award recognizes the Community Transportation Coordinator that has performed in an outstanding manner as part of the fully-coordinated system for the transportation disadvantaged population,” said Ken Harley, manager of Lake County’s Public Transportation Division.
The Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged acknowledged Lake County for its efforts in meeting the needs of dialysis patients, the implementation of the Mary Bennett Rule, which modified eligibility requirements to include service to all dialysis clients and people with long-term medical conditions, and for making strides in the delivery of services to the transportation disadvantaged population.
“Lake County CTC is working hard to provide more effective transportation solutions that lead to better access to jobs, and more efficient transportation services in our region,” reads a letter of recommendation from the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). “With the reinstatement of employment and educational trips, the county will offer a broader range of serve that will prove valuable to county citizens who need it the most.”
Employment and education trips were reinstated on Monday, June 23 for Lake County’s paratransit service, Lake County Connection, under the Transportation Disadvantaged Program.
The Lake County Transportation Disadvantaged Program is provided primarily for individuals who are mobility and developmentally impaired, at-risk children and senior citizens. This service was established for those who do not have access to any other means of transportation, including public bus service, because of age, disability or income. It is also provided to those who do not receive services from a sponsoring agency, such as Medicaid.
The Rural CTC award is based on information reported in the Annual Operating Report, the Annual Performance Report, the Quality Assurance Performance Evaluation, the annual CTC Evaluation conducted by the Lake-Sumter MPO, the timely submission of all deliverables and letters of support from community partners.
To find out more about Lake County’s paratransit transportation system, visit: www.lakecountyfl.gov/lcc.