County awards design contract for LeeTran facility | News, Sports, Jobs

The Lee Board of County Commissioners voted last Tuesday to award a contract to design a new park and ride facility in Lehigh Acres.

The facility will meet the growing demand for LeeTran transit services in the community, officials said.

Under the contract, Johnson Engineering Inc. will provide professional design, engineering and architectural services for a new bus facility on Williams Avenue and Village Lakes Boulevard.

“Johnson Engineering was ranked the highest of nine proposals in response to a competitive negotiation request.” District officials said in a press release.

“The number of bus drivers in Lehigh Acres has increased by around 30% since 2010, creating a demand for additional transport services.” the release states. “LeeTran’s park-and-ride facility gives residents the ability to park their vehicle and take the bus to their destination, which not only lowers their fuel costs, but also reduces traffic on the roads.”

The design includes up to four bus bays and bus shelters with benches, toilets and parking spaces according to ADA standards. The facility will also have paved bus transport with loading and unloading ramps, depot facilities, a technology room and a Mobility on Demand drop-off service that will provide passengers with innovative real-time transit information.

The project also includes an updated design for Village Lakes Boulevard from Williams Avenue to the western property line that includes sidewalks, drainage, and other improvements.

The design effort is expected to take approximately 11 months and will be fully funded by grants from the Federal Transit Administration.

LeeTran is the public transportation operator for Lee County, serving nearly 3 million rides per year. LeeTran operates 27 bus routes, the ADA paratransit service called Passport, and an employer Vanpool program. LeeTran employs around 280 people and has a fleet of 53 large buses, 11 trolleys, 5 seasonal trams and 50 paratransit vans.

For timetables or to learn more about LeeTran, visit www.RideLeeTran.com. Contact LeeTran Customer Service at 239-533-8726 and press option 1 or email [email protected]

Source: Lee County

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