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Free LeeTran Downtown Trolley to resume

Adjustments made to other routes

November 6, 2018
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

LeeTran's seasonal downtown trolleys will resume Thursday, and with it will also come some adjustments to several routes throughout Lee County, including North Fort Myers.

Levi McCollum, LeeTran senior planner, said the Blue and gold lines won't be making changes, but there will be some locally to make the routes smoother and safer.

Both the Blue and Gold Line trolleys provide free access to and from downtown Fort Myers, which will allow residents and tourists to shop, dine and partake the entertainment the district offers without having to drive and park downtown.

The Gold Line connects North Fort Myers with downtown Fort Myers. The route runs from Rosa Parks Transportation Center, over the Caloosahatchee Bridge, and then loops back via North Key Drive to Beau Drive and Hancock Bridge Parkway, then back across the bridge, down First Street and returns to Rosa Parks.

The Blue Line runs through downtown Fort Myers. The route loops from the Oasis Condominiums to West First Street and McGregor Boulevard along First Street, then to Rosa Parks Transportation Center, Fowler and Second streets and then returns to the Oasis Condominiums.

The seasonal downtown Fort Myers trolley service continues until May 1, 2019.

Along with seasonal changes, several additional routes have permanent or seasonal changes, with two of them impacting North Fort Myers residents.

- Route 590, the North Fort Myers-Suncoast Estates loop, will offer a new schedule with minor route changes.

"We have revised the entire schedule. We reduced our run time based on data that we had too much time built in," McCollum said. "We were able to build in three additional trips throughout the day.

- Route 595, the North Fort Myers-Pondella loop, will offer a new schedule with minor route changes.

"We were making an unprotected left-hand turn into Merchant's Crossing. They will go to the light on U.S. 41 and make the left there," McCollum said. "That will make for 19 trips per day Monday through Saturday."

Route 595, the North Fort Myers-Pondella loop, will offer a new schedule with minor route changes, once again using data to shave down the time on each individual trip and add three trips.

"We were making an unprotected left-hand turn into Merchant's Crossing. They will go to the light on U.S. 41 and make the left there," McCollum said. "That will make for 19 trips per day Monday through Saturday."

Both routes run from 5 a.m. to about 9 p.m. with a reduced schedule Sunday. The schedules are on their web site www.RideLeeTran.com

McCollum said the idea was to make the routes simpler and, most important, safer.

"We want to make it simple and increase efficiency and provide more trips for our customers," McCollum said. "Safety is a top priority for us so we want to make sure we're using the lights when possible without unnecessary turns."

Permanent changes include:

- Route 20, Rosa Parks Transportation Center to the U-Save Shopping Center loop, will have a permanent route path change due to construction in downtown Fort Myers.

- Route 40, the Cape Coral Transfer Center to Coralwood Mall loop, will now have the same route path six days a week.

Seasonal changes include:

- Route 50, Southwest Florida International Airport to Summerlin Square, will offer a new schedule.

- Route 150, Bonita Grande to Lovers Key in Bonita Springs, will offer a new schedule.

- Route 600, LinC, Coconut Point Mall to Immokalee Road in Collier County, will now meet with Collier Area Transit (CAT) routes on all trips.

All schedule and route changes will go into effect on Nov. 8, and can be found at www.RideLeeTran.com.

LeeTran is the public transit provider for Lee County, providing more than 3 million rides per year. LeeTran operates 26 bus routes during season, 23 bus routes during off-season, a paratransit service called Passport, and an employer vanpool program.

 
 

 

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