New trolley service coming to Fort Myers Beach

After 10 years in the making, LeeTran has officially announced the opening of its new trolley service, Beach Park & Ride.

Starting Dec. 19, Beach Park & Ride will offer beach goers a lift to the beach for 75 cents a ride or $2 a day.

“I think it’s marvelous,” said snowbird Judy Brekke. “It’s the best thing that has happened in this area.”

Lee County leaders celebrated the completion of LeeTran’s Beach Park & Ride service Monday with a ribbon cutting in front of the new location at the corner of Pine Ridge Road and Summerlin Square Drive.

“This just represents one of several investments that we’re making in transportation,” said Lee County Commissioner Larry Kiker. “I think everyone notices the need for transportation in Lee County is critical.”

The new facility has more than 100 parking spaces so people who are utilizing the Beach Park & Ride can park for free. There is also free Wi-Fi, restrooms, kiosks with real-time bus information and charging stations.

“I think it is going to benefit by easing the congestion on the beach, certainly giving folks an easier way to get to and from the beach,” said Fort Myers Beach Chamber President Jaci Liszak. “Less stress, cost less and they don’t have to worry about parking or hauling all your stuff around.”

The Beach Park & Ride service begins at 5:30 a.m. and will run until 10:30 p.m. Soon there will be an app available to download that will list the running times.

Reporter:Taylor Bisacky
Writer:Emily Ford
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