LeeTran recently moved into its new headquarters facility on 24 acres at 3401 Metro Parkway in Fort Myers.
The site is adjacent to the Metro Parkway Extension, which will connect Metro Parkway with Evans Avenue. This FDOT project is due to be completed in the fall of 2015. Meanwhile, the new facility can only be accessed from the north.
The new headquarters includes administration, operations and maintenance buildings and allows LeeTran to house all of its employees in one location. It was designed to accommodate projected growth for the next 30 years.
AECOM Technical Services provided design and engineering services for the new facility. Gilbane Building Company was the construction manager.
LeeTran's previous site of 4.5 acres was inadequate to meet current needs, requiring that additional space be leased for both offices and vehicle parking. There was no opportunity for expansion at that site.
The project was funded with federal and state grants.
Progress Continues on Bus Shelter Project
In the past three years, LeeTran has installed more than 100 new bus shelters with design, permitting and installation ongoing. Sites are selected based on the number of people boarding at a particular stop, or the need to upgrade a stop's accessibility. All shelters have solar lighting, trash receptacles and bike racks.
Beach Park and Ride
LeeTran has purchased a 5.5-acre parcel of land at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive to use as a Park and Ride lot for the islands. Preliminary plans for the site call for a building with six bus bays, covered waiting area and public rest rooms, and 240 parking spaces. Design and construction is anticipated to take 24 months and cost $4.85 million, which will be funded equally by the Florida Department of Transportation and Lee County.
LeeTran received a federal grant of approximately $1.4 million to develop an information system to make transportation more accessible for veterans. The system will include kiosks at high-traffic locations and real-time arrival information for all bus routes. A request for proposals was issued in the second quarter of 2015, and a vendor will be selected before the end of the year. The project is expected to take one year to complete.