FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jeff Shuler, Lee County Transit (LeeTran)
(239) 277-5012 ext. 2223
MYERS, Fla. (December 16, 2002) –
Starting Dec. 22, LeeTran will operate bus service on Sundays to Cape Coral and
East Fort Myers.
Service on Route 120, which
will run from Edison Mall to Coralwood Mall and then to Camelot Isles, via Del
Prado and Cape Coral Parkway, begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 6:25 p.m.
This marks the first time Sunday service has been offered in Cape Coral.
Service on Route 100, which
runs from downtown Fort Myers to Riverdale, via Palm Beach Boulevard, begins at
8:15 a.m. and ends at 8:10 p.m. LeeTran
also is adding a third bus to Route 140, running from Merchants Crossing to San
Carlos Park, via U.S. 41, on Sundays.
“This is really exciting,”
said Jeff Shuler, transit marketing manager.
“We believe it’s going to be a welcome addition for many riders. Getting Sunday service to riders in the Cape is a big step
“The great thing about these
service additions is that we were able to get them done without adding any more
expense to our bottom line,” Shuler said.
“We trimmed time off of several routes on Saturdays in order to provide
The changes came about because
of the recommendations of an employee team consisting of bus operators and a
route supervisor, which was spearheaded by team leader Sharon LaPage.
“All the credit has to go to
our Customers & Partners team,” Shuler said.
“They came up with a plan, brought it to management and said we want to
By studying trends in ridership
reports and gathering information from riders, the team identified areas that
would benefit the most from service on Sundays, and which routes would affect
the fewest riders when service was trimmed from them.
“We then surveyed riders
about the proposed changes, and got an overwhelmingly positive response,”
Shuler said. “This is a great thing not only for riders, but for LeeTran
as well. The employee team
accomplished a major task by creating a plan, making needed revisions, and
coming up with a great end product.”
Lee Tran 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.