The shortest distance between two points is always a straight line. In order for one point of a transit system to work effectively with another, there must be a link between these two points (a route, a bus, a connection, or a transfer hub.) Connectivity can be illustrated using a spider's web. When there are many strands connecting one point of the web with another, the web is stronger. When a transit system offers the most direct route to get to a destination, the system functions better because the passenger is not forced to travel in circuitous fashion, but can arrive at his or her destination in a direct way and in the shortest amount of time.
A strong sturdy web on the left weaved by a healthy spider -- a weaker web was done by a spider under the influence of LSD on the right.
Presently, passengers from Florida Gulf Coast University must travel circuitously to Southwest Florida Airport (blue, gold and red lines,) but the most direct route is simply the maroon and green line, using Ben Hill Griffin Road. A round-trip from the University to the Airport and back through LeeTran service currently averages 4 hours and 17 minutes, (116 minutes over and 141 minutes back equals 257 minutes,) but a direct round-trip route, utilizing the University's West Lake Shuttle in tandem with LeeTran service, takes only 53 minutes (30 minutes over and 23 minutes back,) saving over three and a half hours in round-trip transit time!