Published: Jul 27, 2011 9:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 5:17 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Whether you ride public transportation or not, changes to Lee Tran service will affect you.

The plan is to better utilize existing routes and get rid of those that are scarcely used. It will have an impact on riders, as well as drivers because better use of bus transportation will mean fewer cars to contend with during your commute.

Riders will notice two big changes that should also impact motorists: Lee Tran will begin offering service to Collier County from Bonita Springs to North Naples beginning in October.

Officials tell us that's a high demand route, but they've only just recently secured the funding through state and federal grants. Lee Tran's current budget is about 20 million dollars a year, half of which comes from tax payers through the county's operating budget. It gives about 8,000 rides a day.

Lee Tran will also tweak its current route to and from Lehigh Acres to alleviate some of the overcrowding.    

If you want to weigh in on the proposed changes, you can do so Wednesday, July 27, in Lehigh Acres. You can review the new routes and ask questions at the East County Regional Library tonight at 5:30 p.m.