South Area Transfer/Multimodal Center
south area of Fort Myers has developed substantially over several years, out
growing the transfer area at Bell Tower Shops. LeeTran is moving forward with a
new transfer/multimodal in the south Fort Myers area located on property owned
by Lee County at 13180 S Cleveland Ave in Fort Myers to replace Bell Tower. The
concept plans for the site calls for seven bays, proportionate space for
bicycle storage, covered waiting area and public restrooms and he 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. This project has an estimated cost of approximately $3 million
and LeeTran will apply for a grant to subsidize the project.
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 grants.
Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)
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 LeeTran TDP is not due until the year 2021
however, FDOT requested that we align our timeline with the surrounding
counties of 2020 and it will be completed prior to the end of this year. 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
Passenger Amenities Program (PAP)
The PAP is a consultants assessment of existing infrastructure including transit bus stops, amenities and bus route infrastructure improvements. This project will continue forward once we have results of the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) and Transit Development Plan (TDP).