Votran will have limited service on Memorial Day
Votran will operate a limited service schedule Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.
West Volusia routes 22, 24 and the Route 60 will not operate. Connecting SunRail Routes 30, 31, 32 and 33 will not operate, as there will be no SunRail service on Memorial Day. Route 20 will operate every two hours beginning with the 7:32 a.m. southbound trip at Northgate Plaza.
Northbound trips will depart Market Place every two hours from 8:35 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Routes 21 and 23 will operate on a Saturday schedule.
East Volusia routes 1, 3, 4, 10, 15 and 17 will operate on the Sunday schedule. Buses will operate from the Intermodal Transfer Facility (ITF), not the Transfer Plaza. Routes 40 and 41 will operate every two hours.
Route 40: The first Route 40 southbound trip will depart Dunlawton Avenue and U.S. 1 at 6:47 a.m. Northbound trips will depart Canal Street and U.S. 1 every two hours beginning at 7:47 a.m. through 5:47 p.m. Since there will be no buses on Swallowtail Drive for Route 40 to transfer passengers, the Route 40 will meet the Route 4 at Dunlawton Avenue and Church Street to transfer passengers going north. Route 40 will depart Wal-Mart every two hours from 8:14 a.m. through 4:14 p.m.
Route 41: The first Route 41 southbound trip will depart Canal Street and U.S. 1 at 7 a.m. Regular trips depart every two hours from 8:50 a.m. through 4:50 p.m. The 2:50 p.m. trip departing Canal Street and U.S.1 will be the only trip serving Oak Hill.
All other routes and New Smyrna Beach Flex service will not operate. Votran Gold will run limited schedule and times to coincide with the Memorial Day fixed route service. For Votran Gold service changes, contact a reservationist.
Votran riders are encouraged to visit www.votran.org and click the “subscribe” button at the bottom of the homepage to receive timely notices about bus service changes. The website also provides up-to-date alerts and real-time bus information.
Free bus rides to SunRail now over
The free Votran shuttles taking passengers from Gemini Springs Park and the Deltona Plaza to the DeBary SunRail station ended May 16.
On Monday, SunRail began collecting fares for all boarding passengers.
“This has been a very good opportunity for riders to learn about SunRail,” said Steve Sherrer, Votran’s general manager. “During the first week of the free Votran shuttle, we transported nearly 2,000 passengers to and from the DeBary station.”
Votran will continue to operate SunRail routes 30, 31, 32 and 33 to and from the DeBary station.
Service on these routes will be provided during peak commute times in the morning and in the evening.
SunRail is a commuter rail system that operates Monday through Friday with most frequent service provided during peak morning and evening commute periods. Trains run less frequently between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., so passengers should refer to the SunRail schedule to plan their commutes.
SunRail schedule information can be found at www.sunrail.com.
Funds available for children’s and community programs
Contingency grant funds are available for fiscal year 2014-2015 programs in Volusia County that serve children and the community.
Applicant organizations must be incorporated in the State of Florida and registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and be able to demonstrate a minimum of one year of successful service delivery. Additional criteria regarding eligible services, agency capacity, and financial stability are also applicable.
A workshop to review the application will be conducted at 9 a.m. May 23 in the first-floor training room of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave., DeLand.
Applications for contingency funds may not include requests for the following services:
• Services for persons with disabilities
• Infant and maternal health and early childhood
• Services to seniors ages 60 and over
• Nonschool-hour services for school-age children or youth development and academic programs
• Services for adolescents ages 10 to 17
• Family-based intervention, counseling services, and prevention and intervention services
• Basic needs services, including emergency intervention and assistance and financial stability
Applications, funding criteria and a list of eligible services are available on the county website at http://volusia.org/community_assistance/applications.stml or by contacting Children and Community Programs Coordinator Peggy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-736-5955, ext. 15694.
Salvation Army to benefit from Pantry Cook-Off Event
The Salvation Army’s first Pantry Cook-off Event is May 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at 1555 LPGA Boulevard, Daytona Beach.
The event is to raise awareness of the food pantry. Guests are asked to take canned goods and donations.
Tobacco Free Partnership to meet June 2
The Tobacco Free Partnership of Volusia County (TFP-VC) will have an educational session on electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) at its next meeting on Monday, June 2 at 4 p.m. at the Volusia County Health Department (1845 Holsonback Road, Daytona Beach).
Vicki Evans of NE Florida AHEC, a health education center, will cover health warnings, safety concerns, current use and regulation of e-cigarettes.
The TFP-VC is a countywide, locally organized group committed to saving lives and improving the overall health and wellbeing of residents and visitors by reducing and/or eliminating the use of tobacco products.
The partnership is organized to advocate on the local, state and national level for: prevention of the initiation of tobacco use among youth; protection from secondhand smoke; and, promotion of tobacco cessation.
Anyone is welcome to attend this and any of the TFP-VC meetings.
For more information, call Kristen Mialki at 386-274-0601.