The Citrus Connection is promoting Multimodal Month with a number of events that introduce art in the daily commute. Citrus Connection riders will be able to vote on their favorite artistic bus wrap. Fine art disciplines that include painting, poetry, music and dance will be featured June 18 – 22 on various bus lines during peak travel times starting in the mornings at 8-10 a.m. and the afternoons from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
On Monday, June 18 at 11 a.m. there will be a groundbreaking for the new Park & Ride lot located at 1-4 and North 98 and at 3:38 p.m. caricature artist, Dennis Hart will depart Plantation Square Publix on the (3) Lakeland Hills Blvd Route (Southbound) he will ride the loop sharing his caricatures with route riders. He will return to Plantation Square Publix at 4:38 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19 at 11:15 a.m. violinist, Bev Hendricks & Friends will provide live music departing the Lakeland Downtown Terminal on the (3) Lakeland Hills Blvd. Route (Northbound). They will ride the loop and return to Lakeland Downtown Terminal at 12:05 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 painter David Collins of Paint Along Studios rides the (10) Connector Route departing from the corner of South Iowa Avenue and East Orange Street at 8:01 a.m. He will paint a field of poppies during the route and arrive back at the S. Iowa Ave/E. Orange St. location at 9:01 a.m.
Thursday, June 21 will bring a poetry slam on the (1) Florida Avenue Corridor (Southbound) Route that will depart the Downtown Lakeland Terminal at the 4:38 p.m. to Lake Miriam Square and returning to the Lakeland Downtown Terminal at 5:38 p.m.
Friday, June 22 will include random acts of live art at the Lakeland Terminal during the day, including ISO musicians Christine Collister and Norma Vaillette playing Celtic fiddle music from 4:30-5:15 p.m., dancers from Florida Dance Theatre will perform and the art showcase will have a climatic flash mob fashion show by What’s New Consignment at 5:30 p.m. to end the day.
Multimodal planning includes the design of a safe, comfortable and attractive pedestrian environment, with convenient interconnection to transit. Common elements include the presence of mixed-use activity centers, connectivity of streets and land uses, transit-friendly design features, and accessibility to alternative modes of transportation. For more information and to find a calendar of all the events planned for Multimodal Month, please visit www.commuterservicesfl.com. Commuters and multimodal participants will find a host of useful items on the site including a tool to track walking, biking, carpooling and mass transit use.