Three weeks ago we reported on the Lee Tran Park and Ride nearing completion at 11101 Summerlin Square Drive, Fort Myers Beach diagonally across Pine Ridge Road from the Walgreens. We reported that we tried to reach out to Lee Tran marketing manager Katie Meckley, but we're unable to reach her, first thing last Thursday morning we did hear from Katie via email.
She informed us Lee Tran will be a hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on location Monday December 18th at 10 am. and invited us to attend.
The grounds have improved much in the past three weeks, grass seeded areas are now lush green and the remainder of the parking lot has been finished to one hundred and twenty five parking spaces for beachgoers to park free and take the trolley to the beach. The trolley provides a stress-free way to travel to the beach and eliminates the need to sit in traffic and find parking on the island.
The ribbon cutting on Monday is open to the public but the facility is scheduled to be fully operational as of Tuesday, Dec. 19.
The Beach Trolley, as well as routes 130 and 50, will use the new Beach Park & Ride. Route 50 travels from the Beach Park & Ride to Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) and the Route 130 travels through south Fort Myers between the Beach Park & Ride and the Edison Mall Transfer Center. The five and a half acre parcel new facility cost of more than $5 million, and was designed to resemble the Edison Mall Park n Ride.
It has space for five bus terminals with overhead canopy for covered walkways, passenger info kiosks, an employee office, restrooms and was planned to be able to expand it's parking to 240 spaces.
The facility offers WiFi, has a PA system, surveillance cameras and a detention pond, it will be fully ADA compliant and even offer electric car charging stalls