South Area Transfer/Multimodal Center
South area of Fort Myers has developed substantially over several years,
outgrowing the transfer area located at Bell Tower Shops. LeeTran is
moving forward with a new transfer/multimodal station in the South Fort Myers
area, located on property owned by Lee County at 13180 S Cleveland Ave in Fort
Myers. This new location will replace the existing transit transfer point at
Bell Tower. The concept plans for the site calls for seven bays,
proportionate space for bicycle storage, covered waiting area and public
restrooms and the design and construction is anticipated to take 36 - 48
month. LeeTran has received a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
grant of approximately $160,000 for design and $2.4 million for construction
and additional Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding in the amount of $3
million to develop a south area transfer/multimodal center.
Lehigh Acres Park and Ride
within Lehigh Acres has grown significantly by approximately 30% since 2010
creating a demand for additional transit services. LeeTran has an
opportunity to centrally locate a Park & Ride facility within Lehigh Acres
along Williams Ave that will provide additional services to and from the
community. Many residence work or frequent areas outside of Lehigh Acres
and a Park & Ride will give residence the option to park their vehicle and
ride a bus to these locations not only reducing their fuel cost but also
decreases traffic on the roadways.
electronically registers and collects fares on board its fixed-route vehicles.
LeeTran will be replacing the current equipment as it is very old and as
a result, it breaks down frequently having a negative impact on the patrons
boarding process, efficient operation of service due to increased times at
bus stops and additional breakdown along routes. It is also difficult to
maintain due to the inability to find parts for the current equipment.
The new Farebox will have new equipment in all fixed-route buses that meet the
current and future identified needs related to fare collection and media,
corresponding cash drop and probe equipment to accommodate the new farebox
equipment’s vaults/technology and electronic media on fixed-route buses.
Additional benefits are data reporting functionality to meet planning, finance,
and other organizational data needs related to farebox-collected information,
point of Sale locations throughout Lee Tran’s service area, ticket vending
machines on several of our transfer points and mobile ticketing are among the
upgrades. Anticipated implementation for this farebox technology will be
the later part of 2020 and will be funded from two Urbanized Area Formula
Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)
Transit agencies periodically perform a COA to identify system inefficiencies and propose budget-conscious and innovative solutions that an agency can implement through its Transit Development Plan. LeeTran will have the analysis performed and completed prior to the end of this year.
Transit Development Plan (TDP)
is a 10-year plan that will serve as a guide for the future of public
transportation in Lee County for 2020–2030. It represents the transit
agency's vision to promote transit growth and improvement in Lee County and the
region over the next decade. Florida is one of the few states that require
transit agencies to prepare TDPs as a stipulation to receive state funding
however, transit agencies have made it a practice to use their plans to not
only satisfy Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) requirements, but to
foster consensus among local decision-makers on how to strategically implement
the long-term vision and achieve community goals. The COA is
instrumental to the TDP and will be done in conjunction. This project
will be funded through the Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization
(LeeMPO), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and The Federal
Transit Administration (FTA).
Passenger Amenities Program (PAP)
The PAP is a consultant's assessment of existing infrastructure including transit bus stops, amenities and bus route infrastructure improvements, emphasizing ADA improvements, at various bus stop locations throughout Lee County. This project will continue once LeeTran receives the results and recommendations from the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and Transit Development Plan (TDP).