The 140 route is the backbone of the LeeTran operation, but it too is not synchronized with the rest of the transit system. Presently, the 140 has a 125-minute circuit, which results in a headway of 20.83 minutes. We could have more consistent times if we made the route a uniform 120 minutes, but important also is making sure that the 140 drivers have their 15-minute recovery time every circuit! This can be accomplished by inserting an extra bus into the rotation about midway through the work day. On-call drivers can run one hour during the middle of the work day to provide their co-workers additional break time. Even though the 140 Route would be tightened up by five minutes, drivers would still be able to enjoy one hour of recovery time during their 8-hour work day.
By normalizing the headway of the 140 Route to 120 minutes, we are able to ensure that there is a regularity of meets as Rosa Parks, Edison Mall and Bell Tower. For example, at Rosa Parks, the 140 Buses always meet at :12, :32 and :52 after the hour. At the Edison Mall, a 140 Bus appears every ten minutes throughout the entire day. At the Bell Tower, a 140 bus always appears at :17, :37 and :57 after the hour.
The rows that are highlighted in yellow are the main transfer times down US 41. Every hour, a passenger can make it from Merchant's Crossing to Creekside Naples in two hours and twenty-four minutes. In contrast, it takes LeeTran an average of over three and a half hours to make the same trek, a savings of over an hour!