For immediate release - November 19, 2008

Commissioner Debbie Stivender Steps Down as Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board Chairman

LEESBURG - Lake County Commissioner Debbie Stivender accepts an award of appreciation from TJ Fish, Executive Director of the Lake~Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Ken Harley, Program Manager for Public Transportation for Lake County government.

Commissioner Stivender has served as the Chairman of the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB) for most of the last 8 years. Commissioner Stivender did not run for re-election to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners opting to successfully run for a position on the Lake County School Board. “Debbie is an avid supporter of the TD program and LakeXpress for Lake County, and her knowledge and passion for the program will be missed” said Mary Bennett, long time board member. The Lake~Sumter MPO will appoint a new TDCB Chairman at the regular meeting to be held on December 3rd at the Tavares Civic Center.

A state-funded program, the paratransit service, Lake County Connection, provides low-cost transportation throughout Lake County to individuals who qualify as “transportation disadvantaged” as defined by state statutes. Lake County Connection is primarily intended for mobility-impaired, mentally-impaired and senior citizens. The service is provided for individuals who do not have access to any other means of transportation, including public bus service. Lake County Connection provides more than 750 scheduled passenger trips per day, using a variety of vehicles specially equipped to transport individuals with various disabilities.

For more information about Lake County Connection, call (352) 742-6580 or visit the Lake County Connection page. To contact the Customer Call Center, call (352) 326-2278 [Florida Relay voice: (800) 955-5770; TTY: (800) 955-8771]. Reservations can be made Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lake County began the fixed-route service, LakeXpress, on May 21, 2007. The bus service runs every hour from The Villages to Eustis with circulator routes in the cities of Leesburg and Mount Dora.

Primarily, LakeXpress provides public transportation along the U.S. Highway 441 corridor, including the municipalities of Eustis, Fruitland Park, Lady Lake, Leesburg, Mount Dora and Tavares. In years to come, the service will be expanded to other urban areas of the County.

LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Buses do not run on Saturdays, Sundays and the holidays of New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

For more information about the LakeXpress, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to A route and schedule brochure is available on the Web or at public libraries and various local government offices.


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