LeeTran to resume collection of bus fares

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Photo courtesy of lee.gov.

LeeTran is set to restart the collection of bus fares beginning Sept. 8.

Fares were suspended in the spring at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic as part of Lee County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts for contactless interaction.

LeeTran also said riders will once again be allowed to board at the front of buses rather than at the rear.

The county has installed driver shields and customer-service safety barriers, resumed selling fare passes and reopened its Rosa Parks Transit Center, LeeTran Headquarters and Transit Vending Machines.

LeeTran also has upgraded its technology with new fast-fare boxes and fare-collection system. The new electronic fare boxes will provide an improved rider experience while offering payment methods that minimize touch while boarding buses.

In anticipation of the new fare box rollout, LeeTran has started the exchange process of old fare passes for new ones. Riders who have old or unused fare passes can exchange them for new passes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two LeeTran locations:

  • Rosa Parks Station, 2250 Widman Way, Fort Myers;
  • LeeTran headquarters, 3401 Metro Pkwy., Fort Myers.

Riders still can use cash and old fare passes for a transition period. A smart-phone app affiliated with the new fare collection system will be launched in November.

Riders can access schedules for routes here. Fixed-route buses continue to run on Saturday schedules from Monday through Saturday. Sunday service is unaffected. For fares, service-related updates or to learn more about LeeTran, go to www.RideLeeTran.com.

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