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For immediate release - May 16, 2008

LakeXpress to celebrate one-year anniversary on Wednesday, May 21, by offering free rides

TAVARES — LakeXpress, Lake County’s public transportation service, is celebrating its one-year anniversary on Wednesday, May 21, by offering coupons for a free bus ride available in the Monday edition of local newspapers.

During its first year of service, LakeXpress ridership is averaging about 400 trips per day, which is about 14 percent higher than expected when the service began operation.

“With the high price of gas, LakeXpress is an economical and dependable alternative,” said Ken Harley, Director of the Lake County Public Transportation Division. “Clip out a coupon in the Daily Sun, Daily Commercial or Lake Sentinel and try LakeXpress for free on Wednesday.”

LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. and buses run every hour from The Villages to Eustis with a circulator route in downtown Leesburg. A second circulator route in downtown Mount Dora is expected to begin in July.

Fares for LakeXpress are $1 for all trips. Half-fares are available for riders 60 years or older, students 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.

Passengers can “flag” a bus down anywhere along the route by raising their hand and motioning to the driver as the bus approaches. The driver will determine the most safe and convenient spot to allow passengers to board. Passengers may depart the bus in a similar manner by notifying the driver of their desired drop-off location. The driver will again determine the most safe and convenient spot to allow passengers to exit the bus.

For more information about LakeXpress or to view a bus schedule, call (352) 326-8637 or log on to www.RideLakeXpress.com.

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Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
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