It is very difficult to extend coverage to an area without adding more buses to the system; however, with the addition of extra runs to and from Lehigh Acres to the Hilton Hotel on Alico Road, the Pulse Plan has not only created new avenues of service, but new areas of service as well -- in this case, the neighborhoods off 23 St. SW in Lehigh Acres, the Gateway Community and Jet Blue Park which previously had no bus service, now can in fact have it. The Pulse Plan also envisions Sunday service to Sunsplash Water Park in Cape Coral by having three different routes converge on that location -- the 590 from the North, the 330 from the south and the 320 from the east. The 320 arrives every hour, and the 330 and 590 arrive every other hour. Sunday service is extended throughout Central Cape Coral on Santa Barbara, and to East 12th St in Lehigh Acres! On a Sunday, it seems reasonable that public transportation should provide transportation to places of recreation! It is one of the main reasons why weekend public transportation exists!
Lastly, service in Lehigh Acres can be improved by adding a supplemental route running only in the early morning and evenings (similar to the way the 40 Route in Cape Coral is run.) This is preferential to eliminating a fixed-route and replacing it with a microtransit route. The question isn't about saving $435,000 a year on operating expenses to offer a woefully inadequate service, but rather to set the bar for superior service on a budget which is already spending 24 million dollars a year. The cost to offer this supplemental route is less than 1% of the operating budget! To check out the plan for this increased coverage to Lehigh Acres, see the page on Lehigh Microtransit.