EUSTIS — LakeXpress, Lake County’s fixed-route public transportation service, celebrated its 2 millionth rider on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Passenger Vanessa Cumber of Lady Lake was awarded a free annual bus pass.
“It’s a blessing,” said Cumber, who recently began using LakeXpress in lieu of a car. “You take transportation for granted until you don’t have it.”
Cumber became the service’s 2 millionth rider as she boarded the bus at the Lake Tech bus stop, which serves as a transfer point for Routes 3 and 4.
LakeXpress began operation on May 21, 2007, and offered public transportation primarily along the U.S. Highway 441 corridor from the Villages to Eustis, with a circulator route in Leesburg. In July 2008, a circulator route was added in Mount Dora, and in July 2009, a fourth route was added to transport passengers along State Road 19 from Umatilla to Zellwood.
The new Route 50 will launch in December, providing service between Mascotte and the Winter Garden Regional Shopping Center in Orange County. The route will make fixed stops along State Road 50 to the Orange County line, where passengers may transfer to LYNX Link 105 to Orlando. Route 50 is a standalone service of LakeXpress, without connections to U.S. Highway 441.
LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fares for LakeXpress are $1 for all trips. Half-fares are available for riders 60 years or older and individuals with disabilities. Free fares are available for students and children under five years of age, who are accompanied by a fare-paying chaperone.
For more information about LakeXpress, call 352-326-8637 or visit www.ridelakexpress.com.