Welfare to Work Transportation

Purpose: To assist and transport eligible participants transitioning from unemployment/under-employment into self-sustaining employment. 

Vision: Individuals overcome transportation barriers, allowing them to successfully obtain and retain employment and develop the capacity to earn a life-sustaining income.

Program Overview – As part of STEP’S Workforce Development Pathway, the Employment Transportation Program utilizes existing transportation assistance systems and case management to assist participants in obtaining and retaining employment.  Transportation subsidy assistance is provided on a gradually declining basis as participants achieve longevity in their employment and have the opportunity to develop self-sufficient means of transportation.

The program utilizes already existing coordination structures among the River Valley Transit public transportation system, STEP’s Shared-Ride system, and Lock Haven Taxi system to provide the most cost-effective means of transportation assistance. Transitional transportation assistance is available through bus passes, shared-ride transportation, vehicle repair subsidy, mileage reimbursement and child care transportation.  Participants are limited to receiving benefits for a maximum of one year.  Participants are also limited to a maximum lifetime allowance of $5,000 in benefits.

Benchmarks of Success

  • Individuals overcome transportation barriers that hinder their ability to search for, find, be hired and maintain life-sustaining employment.
  • Individuals develop a knowledge of cost-effective transportation options.
  • Individuals manage their resources in order to establish a plan for self-sufficient employment transportation.