PAISLEY — Lake County Connection, which operates van and bus transportation services that provide door-to-door transportation for individuals regardless of disabilities, is adding a new deviated fixed route in northeast Lake County.
Beginning Friday, Aug. 4, residents of communities in northeast Lake County can ride the bus to DeLand or Eustis. The Paisley-DeLand-Eustis Express will operate each Friday for a three-month trial period. Passengers will not be charged a fare during the trial period.
During the trial period, the Lake County Department of Community Services contracted operator for Lake County Connection, MV Transportation Inc., will gauge the community’s interest in the new bus service.
“Ten people per trip would be a successful venture,” said David Hope, General Manager of MV Transportation. “If the ridership average after three months is 10, the bus service in northeast Lake County will continue.”
The new route operates as a deviated fixed route as the bus may deviate from its scheduled route by one-quarter of a mile to pick up additional passengers. The bus will deviate only once per trip. In addition, there are no bus stop signs along the route. Residents may flag down the bus at any point along the route. A common stop along the route includes the Volusia County Administration Center in DeLand. From there, residents can transfer to the Votran bus service in Volusia County.
For the past three months, Lake County Connection has offered an express route from Paisley to DeLand. According to Hope, ridership peaked to more than 10 passengers per trip, but in the last month ridership had fallen off to between four and six passenger per trip. Instead of canceling the service, Lake County Connection is attempting to add an additional route to Eustis to increase community interest.
For more information about Lake County Connection or for scheduled times of the Paisley-DeLand-Eustis Express call (352) 326-2278.