LEETRAN LAUNCHES RIVER DISTRICT TROLLEY SERVICE
FORT MYERS, FL – Historic trolleys will carry passengers around downtown Fort Myers thanks to two new trolley routes that start running on Monday, Nov. 26.
Funded by the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency, the service is free and will run during peak season, through April 17, 2013.
The two routes are designated Blue and Gold. The Blue Route serves the central downtown between Monroe Street and Royal Palm Avenue. It runs every 15 minutes and will stop at any intersection for boarding and disembarking.
The Gold Route connects luxury highrises The Oasis, St. Tropez and the Riviera with the downtown and continues to the Edison-Ford Estates. It runs every 35-40 minutes.
Both routes run from 11 am to 8 pm Monday through Thursday, and from 11 am to 10:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
The City of Fort Myers commissioned a study to assess the need for transit in the downtown area and gathered public input on the best routes and times for service. “We’ll evaluate usage and get more public input as we work to make this a success,” said LeeTran Director Steve Myers. “Funding is in place for two seasons, which will give us time to grow ridership and hopefully make this service permanent.”
Trolley passengers who wish to connect with the LeeTran bus system can transfer to the Route 20 bus at several locations along the routes.
“Downtown Fort Myers is the ideal environment for pedestrians and transit,” explained Myers. “We hope to reduce vehicular traffic, which will add to the ambiance of the historic district.”