EUSTIS — The Lake County Department of Economic Development & Community Services, Public Transportation Division, will participate in “Transportation Day” on Wednesday, June 2, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Eustis Heights Elementary, located at 310 W. Taylor Ave. in Eustis.
“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase LakeXpress to young students,” said Ken Harley, Director of the Lake County Transportation Division. “If public transportation is going to continue to make successful strides in Lake County, it’s imperative we continue to educate children about LakeXpress and its benefits to the community. In fact, we met Wednesday with Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley to discuss plans to be able to promote public transportation next year at the schools where LakeXpress services are available.”
The Eustis Heights event will also feature vehicles from an assortment of other agencies, including Eustis Fire and Police departments, Lake-Sumter EMS and School Board.
“Our Pre-K through second grade students are going to go to all these different vehicles and the representatives will be talking about what they do with the vehicles and their careers,” said Cheryl Parmelee, Eustis Heights’ Curriculum Resource Teacher.
Parmelee said the school has hosted “Transportation Day” in the past, but hopes to reintroduce the event on an annual basis. On June 4, speakers from the agencies will be invited to school to talk to some of the older students about their careers.
LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. The LakeXpress service includes four routes. Route 1 runs from The Villages to Eustis, primarily on U.S. Highway 441. Route 2 circulates in downtown Leesburg. Route 3 circulates in downtown Mount Dora. Route 4 runs 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.
Fares for LakeXpress are $1 for all trips. Half-fares are available for riders 60 years or older 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. Students with a valid ID can ride free on LakeXpress from June to August.
For more information about LakeXpress or to view a bus schedule, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com.