FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Steve Myers or Jeff Shuler, LeeTran
(941) 277-5012, ext. 2223
NEW BUS TRANSFER CENTER IN CAPE CORAL SET TO OPEN
MYERS, Fla. (April 18, 2002) – The Board of Lee County Commissioners will
officially open the new bus transfer center in Cape Coral on Monday (April 22).
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m. at
820 S.E. 47th Terrace, north of Cape Coral Parkway between Del Prado
and Coronado boulevards. Commission
Chairman Bob Janes will be the master of ceremonies.
The LeeTran Cape Coral Transfer Center cost
$913,000 and provides a central location downtown for riders to easily board and
transfer buses. The previous downtown
transfer point on Leonard Street had only one small shelter and the buses had to
wait on the street.
The new facility –
which took seven months to complete – has bays for each of the four routes
servicing the Transfer Center and buses will be able to pull off the street,
improving traffic flow and pedestrian safety.
It also has 57 parking spaces. The
center complements recent improvements in bus service, including improved
service between downtown Cape Coral and Edison Mall via Route 120.
riding Lee Tran between the two cities, residents can easily avoid both tolls
and wear and tear on their vehicles – saving money
and decreasing traffic congestion along one of the county’s main east-west
corridors. The center was designed
with the future in mind. One of the
bays is large enough for an inter-city bus to use, in the event that Greyhound
or another bus company decides to make a Cape Coral stop.
This is the second such intermodal transfer
center to be built. In November,
the 21,000-square-foot Lee County Intermodal Transfer Center opened in downtown
Fort Myers offering similar services as well as ticket
counters for LeeTran and Greyhound.
The new LeeTran Cape
Coral Transfer Center is made possible through the cooperation of a number of
government agencies, including the United States Federal Transit Administration
(FTA), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Lee County government, the
City of Cape Coral and the Cape Coral Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
The project if being funded through a $511,000 FTA grant, a $370,000 FDOT
grant, and $32,000 from the Cape Coral CRA.
The City of Cape Coral has generously allowed Lee County to use the land
where the transfer center is being built.
LeeTran operates 20 bus routes in Lee County and its cities, as well as a trolley service on Fort Myers Beach. The system operates 43 buses and eight trolleys, employs 163 people and has an annual budget of $15 million. This month, the system introduced new electronic fareboxes on its buses and trolleys that read magnetically encoded passes and speed up the time it takes to pay fares.