TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners recently approved a measure to allow the Public Transportation Division to waive student fares, with valid student ID, on LakeXpress.
The purpose of offering free fares to students is to help educate them about the benefits of using public transportation. By encouraging students to try LakeXpress, County staff hopes they will find that it is a cost effective means of travel, it is safe and it has significant benefits by reducing traffic congestion on the roads.
“By offering free rides to Lake County students, we hope to bring awareness of LakeXpress and the advantages of public transit,” said Ken Harley, manager of the Lake County Public Transportation Division. “We are getting more students who rely on the buses to get to school, and we want to motivate and encourage them to become loyal users of the service.”
LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 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 for questions about bus schedules, call 352-326-8637 or visit www.RideLakeXpress.com.