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. In this case, the 340 Bus which works only a half-day in Cape Coral can be brought into the 140 rotation for one cycle at 10:57am at Merchant's Crossing in North Fort Myers. This would result in the 140 drivers having a 25-minute break in the middle of their day for lunch. (In the left-most column in the graphic below, the 340 Bus becomes the 140-9.) 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 :02, :25 and :42 after the hour. At the Edison Mall, a 140 Bus appears every ten minutes throughout the day. At the Bell Tower, a 140 bus always appears at :05, :25 and :45 after the hour.
A new development in the system is the ability to travel from North Fort Myers to Naples with no waiting at any point during the trek. The tiny asterisks in the center of the graphic above (between the Bell Tower columns) indicate when such a trek would be possible. The entire distance can be covered in two and a half hours.