TAVARES — Officials from Lake County, City of Umatilla and the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newest LakeXpress route from Umatilla to Zellwood on Wednesday, July 1, at 9 a.m. at Cadwell Park, located at 4 Cassady St. in Umatilla.
Speaking at the ceremony are Lake County Commission Chairman Welton Cadwell, Umatilla Mayor Benita Dixon, Umatilla Council President Holly Curley and T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization.
The new bus route for LakeXpress will run from the Altoona Post Office on State Road 19 to the community of Zellwood on U.S. Highway 441 where passengers can transfer to LYNX route 44. On July 1, LakeXpress and LYNX busses will begin providing inter-county service. Passengers will not be required to pay two fares to ride between counties. Passengers transferring from LakeXpress to LYNX should request a transfer from the LakeXpress driver. The two busses will meet in Zellwood at approximately 8:20 and 10:20 a.m. and 12:20, 2:20, 4:20 and 6:20 p.m. Mon.-Fri. Transfers will be made at the Anthony House, located at 6215 Holly St.
The new route is the fourth for LakeXpress, and it will be free to ride for an introductory period until July 31. Routes 1 and 2 opened in May 2007. Route 1 runs from The Villages to Eustis, primarily on U.S. Highway 441 and Route 2 circulates in downtown Leesburg. Route 3, which circulates in downtown Mount Dora, opened in July 2008.
LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Fares for LakeXpress are $1 for all trips. Half-fares are available for riders 60 years or older, students and individuals with disabilities (buses are equipped with lifts). Free fares are available for children under five years of age, who are accompanied by a fare-paying chaperone.
For more information about LakeXpress or to view a bus schedule, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com.