TAVARES — The Lake County Public Transportation Division is joining the American Public Transportation Association and transit systems across the country to celebrate the Sixth Annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16.
As part of the celebration, Lake County will be offering free rides for passengers of LakeXpress who donate a non-perishable food item when boarding the bus. The food collected will be donated to The Salvation Army and the Lake Cares Food Pantry.
The national effort is designed to encourage people to get out of their cars and ride public transportation to raise awareness of the financial benefits of transit. Public transportation has the ability to save people money, conserve gasoline and reduce the harmful greenhouse gases emitted into the environment.
“We encourage everyone to use LakeXpress on June 16 for Dump the Pump Day,” said Ken Harley, Director of the Lake County Public Transportation Division. “By doing so, you will be supporting local transportation, as well as our local food banks.”
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.
For more information about LakeXpress or to view a bus schedule, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com.