ECAT To Launch Expanded Local North Escambia Service Next Month

January 9, 2019

Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) will soon roll out an expanded local service in North Escambia on February 20.

Smaller 9-10 passenger vehicles will be used to run an “on demand” service serving the area north of Quintette Road, including Century, Bratt, McDavid, Walnut Hill and Molino.

Riders will call ECAT a day in advance to schedule a ride in the area with pickup at the their home or other location and local transport within the area. Riders must live within the service boundaries and will be asked to complete a one-time form with their address. Rides are expected to cost between $1 and $2 each direction.

Rides will be available for residents of Century, Molino and McDavid on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The bus will be available for Walnut Hill, Davisville and Bratt residents on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

The vehicles will not run fixed-stop routes and will operate 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ECAT Transit Division Manager Tonya Ellis said local system will connect to current fixed route ECAT service to Pensacola. The current route between Century and Pensacola arrives and departs outside the daily scheduled ECAT bus to Pensacola, but Ellis said changes will be considered.

ECAT is planning a series of public meeting to provide additional information and receive public input. Meeting dates and locations will be published on NorthEscambia.com.

The service will be funded by a $50,000 grant and an additional $16,000 Community Development Block Grant.

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Comments

9 Responses to “ECAT To Launch Expanded Local North Escambia Service Next Month”

  1. Ms Shawty Redd on January 13th, 2019 3:29 pm

    I Love everything about this!!!! This will benefit EVERYONE in my house. This is the perfect solution for elderly people, PSC students without cars and unlicensed drivers. I work in Pensacola but I hate to drive so, will be using this service.

  2. MM on January 11th, 2019 10:52 am

    Not sure about the seemingly complaints, since they read incoherently.
    I’m very grateful for the option. Since not every young adult drives, and disabled and handicap can be more independent, etc

    Wondering:
    how to get an application for this service – Thank you

  3. K on January 10th, 2019 4:46 pm

    @just sayin:

    “This is a crime to send this van with a paid driver all the way..”

    (1) a feasibility study was done to determine what the demand would be.
    (2) take note that in order to increase demand for service, certain areas would be served on different days.
    (3) that’s why it’s offered as a government service. between the value added gas tax, a couple of other taxes, and a block grant – the grant mentioned in the article, the remaining cost can diffused via the drivers as a small fee.

    it mentions in the article that the small fee is not the only source of funding…

  4. CC on January 9th, 2019 8:21 pm

    That’s a good thing. There are a lot of us elderly people who can’t drive. Will it include Cantonment?

  5. Lady on January 9th, 2019 8:15 pm

    I think it is wonderful. We have been overlooked in this area all my life. It is time we get to use some of our tax money like the ones who live in Molino, Cantonment,and Pensacola. We probably pay more taxes than the others do because we have acreage with high taxes. We also need a Health Clinic in Walnut Hill, Davisville or Bratt area up here. Thanks Escambia County!

  6. Kate on January 9th, 2019 3:11 pm

    just saying, your paying a added gasoline tax to pay for bus service for locals in Pensacola, why not get some added service out her for the tax you pay.

  7. It's A Steal on January 9th, 2019 1:59 pm

    This would be a good way to save on gas money if you work in Pensacola. I know I would take advantage of this if I lived in those areas.

  8. just sayin on January 9th, 2019 7:20 am

    This is a crime to send this van with a paid driver all the way to the north end to pick up a rider and only charge 1 maybe 2 dollars.

  9. Dan on January 9th, 2019 3:02 am

    Pick you up at your house in century and take you to Pensacola for a dollar or two each way that’s awesome at least people in the north end get to benefit from the commission wasting money for change





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