A new service will be starting in Syracuse to provide transportation for lower income people who have no other options to get to and from work.
Providence Services of Syracuse Inc. begins its Shuttle To Work Program April 2.
The Shuttle will pick-up City residents at designated locations near their homes and drive them to or from their workplaces in Syracuse, East Syracuse and some Liverpool locations.
The Shuttle will serve residents whose workplace location or work hours are not served by CENTRO.
Deborah Hundley, President of Providence Services of Syracuse, says, “There’s thousands of jobs out there, there’s thousands of people who want these low skilled jobs to be able to get their foot in the door and its just sad to think we can’t come up with a solution, so this is what we spent four years doing coming up with a solution.”
Providence Services’ Board has studied transportation barriers to employment for four years and operated a successful Pilot program, called Ride To Work, which ended in November 2016.
Shuttle To Work is a modified vanpool model. Riders will reserve a seat for the days they work in a month.
The van will be driven by a licensed Livery driver who will pick up riders and transport them to or from their places of work. Each Shuttle can carry six riders .
The price is $7 per ride, to keep it sustainable for non-profit that receives no government money.
“We’re using money given to us by foundations to be able to subsidize maybe up to the first month paycheck, then the second month they got a paycheck then they start paying for the transportation themselves,” Hundley tells NewsChannel 9.
Providence Services has received support from local Foundations, private donations and the Syracuse Economic Development Corporation.
Deborah Hundley, ” There are groups of people who will need to use this program forever. Many people though can get jobs, they can save money, they can get a car, they can become independent on their own.”