Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LeeTran announces improvements to Route 60, serving San Carlos Park/Estero and FGCU

The need to improve Route 60 was proposed in 2013, back when FGCU withdrew its contributions to the funding for Route 60.  It's nice to see the suggested improvements finally coming to fruition. Hopefully, the better route and shorter headways will promote more usage of this route by FGCU students and others in the area.  Naples Daily News 7/30/15 article on announcement.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--LeeTran                                                                                                                                                

FORT MYERS, FL, July 29, 2015 – LeeTran will revamp its Route 60 starting Thursday, Aug. 6, to make more frequent trips while continuing to serve the same locations.

Route 60 operates Monday through Saturday in the San Carlos Park/Estero area. It serves Florida Gulf Coast University, Miromar Outlets, Gulf Coast Town Center and the South County Library.

Instead of traveling the entire route in both directions, the bus will make a loop south on Three Oaks Parkway, east on Corkscrew Road and north on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway. It will enter FGCU by the north entrance, stop at the Student Union, and exit the same way. The first two morning trips will continue to be express service to FGCU.

The new routing improves frequency from 130 minutes to 85 minutes. The number of trips per weekday will increase from nine to 12.Saturday trips will increase from eight to 10. The revamped service is starting prior to the first day of FGCU's fall semester, Aug. 19.

“What our riders want most is more frequent service,” said Transit Director Steve Myers. “The new route cuts 45 minutes off the length of each trip without adding any expense. It also makes more connections with Route 240 which travels on U.S. 41.”

LeeTran operates 22 fixed bus routes in Lee County with connecting service to Collier County. In its last fiscal year it provided 3,939,812 passenger trips with 178,752 hours of service and traveled 2,803,150 miles in service. For LeeTran information and schedules, or call (239) 533-8726 (LEE-TRAN).

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