Representatives from Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) recently announced the launch of ‘Your Service, Your Say,’ a 10-year Transit Development Plan to reimagine the future of local transportation. The first phase of this initiative focused on surveying current riders to evaluate their overall system experience. ECAT is now kicking off the second phase of this project by inviting all community members, regardless of their current mode of transportation, to participate in an online survey to help identify future transportation demands throughout the county.
Individuals are encouraged to voice their experiences and opinions at www.YourEscambiaTransit.com. Survey responses will help shape the future of transit in Escambia County, allowing the ECAT team to implement route improvements and amenity upgrades that will be incorporated into the 10-year plan.
“As Escambia County works to recover from the effects of COVID-19 and Hurricane Sally, we are excited to continue moving forward with improvements to our local transportation system,” said Tonya Ellis, Director of Mass Transit at Escambia County Area Transit. “By involving community members at this phase of the project, we hope to continue developing a system that truly prioritizes the needs of all residents. From local business owners and leaders to tourists and full-time community members, your feedback is important to us.”
The ‘Your Service, Your Say’ initiative will focus on updating the current ECAT fixed-route system to provide users with more frequent and reliable options. This plan also seeks to integrate innovative transportation concepts and varying modes of transportation.
The outcome of this effort will be a Transit Development Plan (TDP), which is a Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) requirement. The TDP will support the development of an effective multimodal transportation system in Escambia County and define public transit needs, which is a prerequisite to receive state funds. For questions about the project or for more information, please visit www.YourSayEscambia.com.