FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 28, 2011) - Beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, passengers can travel cross-county via a highly anticipated new bus route that will connect Lee and Collier counties.

The new service, called LinC for LeeTran in Collier, will operate every 90 minutes, seven days a week. The new route runs from 5:30 a.m. until 7:16 p.m. The fare is $1.25.
The bus route will be launched with a celebration Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Creekside Transfer Center near the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and Immokalee Road in North Naples. The public is invited to join the ribbon-cutting and inauguration at 10:45 a.m. Reservations are required by calling 239-277-3963.

LeeTran's LinC Route 600 will provide a commuter bus route connecting the system's southernmost transfer point at U.S. 41 and Bonita Beach Road, to Collier's northernmost transfer point at U.S. 41 and Immokalee Road. At Coconut Point Mall, the LinC will meet LeeTran's Route 140, which travels on U.S. 41 as far north as Merchants Crossing in North Fort Myers.

The new service is funded by a partnership among the Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, City of Bonita Springs, Lee County and Collier County.

"This is a great opportunity for passengers to save time and money traveling between Lee and Collier counties," said Steve Myers, transit director with LeeTran. "Reducing the number of vehicles on the road will reduce our carbon footprint."

At the same time, LeeTran will change the Bonita Springs Route 150 to become primarily an east-west route. Service on West Terry Street will be added, as well as the segment of Bonita Beach Road between U.S. 41 and Lovers Key State Park, which currently is covered by LeeTran's trolley route. Route 150 will connect with the LinC at Bonita K-Mart and at Old 41 Road and Reynolds Street. Route 150 will also run every 90 minutes, seven days a week.

Also effective Oct. 6, Route 140 service between Bell Tower and Coconut Point Mall will run at 40-minute intervals Monday through Saturday. Between Merchants Crossing and Bell Tower Shops it will continue to run every 20 minutes, Monday through Saturday. The Sunday Route 140 schedule will not change.

For more information about the new cross-county bus service: in Lee, call 239-533-8726 or visit www.rideleetran.com in Collier, call 239-252-7777 or visit www.colliergov.net/cat.