Published: Jul 15, 2013 11:29 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2013 6:44 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - LeeTran will start construction of eight new passenger shelters this summer in the next phase of a project that has added 50 new, solar-powered shelters to its inventory of passenger amenities.

 The eight new locations include three in the City of Fort Myers, four in unincorporated Lee County, and one in Fort Myers Beach, at a total cost of $154,484.

 "When we ask our users how we can improve their transit experience, one of their top requests is more amenities, specifically shelters," explains Transit Director Steve Myers. "We launched this initiative in 2010 and the response has been overwhelmingly positive."

 The shelters are engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds. They are mounted to a concrete slab that is designed to meet state requirements for ADA accessibility. In addition to the solar security lighting, each shelter site has a bicycle rack and trash receptacle. The total investment for the completed amenities is just over $2 million.

 In determining where to site shelters, bus stops are evaluated for number of boardings, presence of any special-needs users, and availability of right-of-way. Passenger requests are also taken into consideration.

 The locations for the eight new shelters are:

-Colonial Blvd. & Veronica Shoemaker Blvds., Fort Myers

-Palm Beach Blvd. & Bellair Rd., Lee County

-Winkler Ave, Ext. & Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers

-Pondella Rd. & N. Cleveland Ave., North Fort Myers

-U.S. 41 & Brown Rd., North Fort Myers

-Fifth Ave. & San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

-Summerlin Rd. & Hawks Landing Dr., Fort Myers

-Gladiolus Dr. & Bass Rd., Lee County

 LeeTran expects all to be completed by the end of the calendar year.