For immediate release - August 8, 2008

2020 Transit Development Plan Lake~Sumter MPO Hosts Second Round of Public Workshop Sessions

LEESBURG – Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has scheduled the second round of Public Involvement Workshops for the major update to the Lake County 2020 Transit Development Plan. During this second round of open house public workshops, we are asking you to help us prioritize the recommendations that we developed based on the input we received from our May & June meetings. The workshops are very informal “drop-in” style so take a few minutes and stop by and tell us what you think. All interested citizens are welcome to attend.

The new alternatives in the draft 2020 TDP look at improving the existing LakeXpress service along the US 441 corridor, and also a financially-feasible way to begin LakeXpress service in south Lake along the SR 50 corridor. The draft plan also examines the opportunities for regional connections with LYNX (Orlando area) and with Sumter and Marion counties. The TDP will be completed and presented in August to the MPO and Lake County BCC for final approval and adoption. The 2020 TDP will serve as the guide for the expansion or establishment of fixed-route services throughout the area.

TDP Public Workshop Schedule:

Monday, August 11, 2008, 10 a.m. - Noon
Lake County Administration Building, Rotunda
315 West Main Street, Tavares, FL

Monday, August 11. 2008, 2-4 p.m.
Eustis City Hall, Lobby
10 N. Grove Street, Eustis, FL 32727

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 10 a.m. – Noon
Mount Dora City Hall, Lobby
510 N. Baker Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757

Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 2-4 p.m.
Minneola City Hall, Lobby
800 N. US Hwy 27, Minneola, FL 34715

Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 10 a.m. – Noon
Fruitland Park City Hall, Lobby
506 W. Berckman Street, Fruitland Park, FL 34731-3239

Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 2-4 p.m.
Leesburg Library, Meeting Room A
100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748

"It is very important that Lake County residents participate in the Public Involvement Process, helping us in meeting the future transportation needs for our region. Mobility is a crucial component of everyone’s quality of life. Compared to other areas Lake County has a high and growing percentage of senior citizens and households for whom driving simply is not a viable option", said T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Lake~Sumter MPO.


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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445