EUSTIS — On Wednesday, staff from LakeXpress visited Eustis Heights Elementary to participate in the school’s “Transportation Day.”
Ken Harley, Director of the Lake County Transportation Division, and David Hope, Fixed Route Coordinator for the Transportation Division, gave a tour of a LakeXpress bus to the elementary students. The two County staffers talked to the students about how LakeXpress operates, where the buses travel to in Lake County and how they can the ride the bus free this summer.
The event included Pre-K through second grade students visiting with various agencies and their vehicles. Other participating agencies included the Eustis fire and police departments, Eustis public works, Lake County Public Works, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Lake-Sumter EMS.
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.