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River District Trolley to make NFM stop

November 23, 2016
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

This past week, the River District Trolley service started up again for its seasonal trips through the downtown area.

However, there will be an expanded presence this year. For the first time, the popular service will connect with North Fort Myers to create a second line downtown.

The River District Trolley is a free trolley route through historic downtown Fort Myers. The trolley connects the high-rise condominiums in both Fort Myers and North Fort Myers to downtown for shopping, dining, theater and entertainment.

Katie Meckley, marketing manager at LeeTran, said they have wanted to expand the trolley, which is paid for by the city of Fort Myers as well as through a grant.

"We got a grant through the Florida Department of Transportation, so we expanded it over the bridge to the north so we can get folks to and from North Fort Myers," Meckley said.

The trolley service began Nov. 17 and runs through April 19. It operates from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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The trolley service began Nov. 17 and runs through through April 19. It operates from noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

The first line, the Blue Line, will continue to provide service at and around downtown. It travels west from the Oasis Condominiums along West First Street through downtown to McGregor Boulevard. Then it travels east to the Rosa Parks Transportation Center before continuing to Fowler and Second streets and returning to the Oasis Condominiums.

The new Gold Line runs from Rosa Parks Transportation Center in downtown over the Caloosahatchee Bridge. It loops back via North Key Drive to Beau Drive and Hancock Bridge Parkway before traveling back across the bridge, down First Street and returns to Rosa Parks.

Both lines will do their continuous loops every 20 minutes or so, Meckley said.

"We're hoping to make it easier for people to access downtown and enjoy all the River District has to offer," Meckler said. "It offers an easy way to park and not worry about the hassle of parking."

Trolley stops are located throughout the travel area, though riders can wave down a trolley on First Street between Lee and Monroe streets.

For a map, go to www.RideLeeTran.com and click on "trolley map."

 
 

 

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