FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Brian Martin, LYNX, 407-841-2279 Ext. 3206
Lauren Hames, City of Orlando, 407-246-3106
LYNX AND CITY OF ORLANDO TO
INTRODUCE WAGES PARTNERSHIP
Orlando, Fla. (March 22, 2004) – LYNX, The Central Florida Regional
Transportation Authority, the City of Orlando’s Department of
Families, Parks and Recreation and Department of Housing and the new
Hispanic Office of Local Assistance (HOLA) have partnered to help
improve the quality of life for low income residents through the
WAGES Transportation Program. The official partnership launch will
be held March 31, 2004 at 10 a.m. at the Callahan Neighborhood
The Work And Gain Economic Self-sufficiency (WAGES) Transportation
Program provides transportation subsidies to qualified low income
and welfare transition residents in Orange, Seminole, Osceola and
Lake counties. Through the WAGES program, residents will have an
opportunity to obtain long-term employment and self-sufficiency by
receiving transportation benefits such as bus passes, commuter
vanpool vouchers or donated bicycles.
The partnership with the City of Orlando departments will feature
LYNX-conducted transportation-training seminars in four communities
identified by the City’s Department of Families, Parks and
Recreation, in addition to seminars conducted at the HOLA Office.
The four communities are Parramore, Englewood, Ivey Lane and Citrus
“This is a terrific opportunity for the City of Orlando and LYNX to
partner together to help enhance the quality of life for WAGES
participants,” said Bill Schneeman, LYNX Acting Executive Director.
The Department of Housing and LYNX will also conduct “Family Day”
events in two of these communities to register residents for WAGES
program benefits and inform citizens about other City of Orlando
The City of Orlando’s Department of Families, Parks and Recreation
focuses its activities on community programs that benefit youth,
families and seniors. “We are excited about the WAGES program
helping City of Orlando residents and LYNX's efforts to aggressively
communicate information about it,” said Families, Parks and
Recreation Director Byron Brooks.
The City of Orlando fully supports LYNX objectives to offer
transportation benefits to residents to actively participate in the
workforce. The WAGES Transportation Program will be a key to
unlocking many opportunities for self-sufficiency.
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