TAVARES // LakeXpress, the county’s public busing system, has a new route that connects South Lake to Orange County.
The new route provides service between Mascotte and the Winter Garden Regional Shopping Center. LakeXpress will make fixed stops along the route, including Mascotte City Hall, South Lake Hospital, and the South Lake campus of Lake-Sumter State College.
“We are thrilled to announce this route, which is so important for our South Lake County commuters traveling to work,” said Dottie Keedy, director of the Lake County Community Services Department. “We anticipate Route 50 will be widely used by both residents traveling to and from work, as well as students and shoppers.”
Route 50 operates Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fares are $1 for all trips, and half-fares are available for riders 60 and older and individuals with disabilities.
Speaking of buses…
Mount Dora // The Fun Bus has turned the heads of motorists and pedestrians alike as it makes its way through the downtown streets of Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares. Passengers receive a 90-minute narrated tour while learning about the area’s most fascinating sights and historical events.
A crew consisting of a driver and two comedic characters provide plenty of laughs for the family-friendly tour. The remodeled 28-passenger bus has black-and-white checkered floors, festive lighting, a flat-screen monitor, and a rooftop consisting of a tandem bike, chicken coop, and a kitchen sink.