To celebrate Earth Day, LeeTran will once again offer free rides on Thursday, April 19, throughout Lee County.
"Try Transit Day" is part of a month-long, 12-county initiative called "Taking It to the Street." Cities, counties, transit agencies and private employers are challenging citizens to find an alternative to driving a private automobile. Options such as biking, walking, carpooling, transit and teleworking can all save money, conserve fuel, and reduce congestion and pollution.
Participants who reduce their driving during the month have an opportunity to win prizes by registering at Commuter ServicesFL.com and tracking their alternative travel.
Residents who are interested in bus travel can visit rideleetran.com and use its Transit Savings Calculator to determine how much money they can save by commuting on LeeTran. The LeeTran site also has a Carbon Savings Calculator that shows passengers how much their alternative travel is reducing pollution.
LeeTran experienced a ridership increase of nearly 50 percent on last year's "Try Transit Day."
"It's the perfect opportunity for someone who has never ridden a bus before to give us a try," says Transit Director Steve Myers. "They can just enjoy a stress-free ride without having to handle money."
First-time riders can find route maps and schedules at rideleetran.com, or call LeeTran customer service at 533-8726 (LEE-TRAN), option 1, for help in planning their travel.