ECAT Plans To Eliminate Or Cut Back Underperforming Routes

September 22, 2019

Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) is planning to eliminate or cut back on several underperforming routes.

None of the route changes are in the North Escambia area.

The route changes proposed are:

41 – East Pensacola Heights

  • Keep route, except Hyde Park Rd to Firestone Blvd. portion
  • Add service to Pensacola International Airport (Route 59A portion)

57 – NAS/Corry/Downtown

  • Keep Saturday service
  • No service beyond Corry Station Main Entrance Gate
  • Add service to Peachtree Commons (Twin Oaks) Apartments

59A – NAS/Corry/Airport

  • Portions of Route 59A are added to Routes 41 and 59X

59X – NAS/Corry/Downtown/Cordova

  • Add service at 10:00 AM and last trip at 8:35 PM (weekday)
  • Sunday – Thursday service starts at 10:00 AM, ends at 7:50 PM
  • Friday – Saturday service starts at 10:00 AM, ends at 1:10 AM
  • Add service on New Warrington Road (Route 59A portion)

61 – Pensacola Beach

  • Keep Saturday service
  • Begin route at ECAT Transfer Center
  • Terminating south end service at Casino Beach
  • Increase from 3 to 5 trips daily

64- Beach Jumper- NAS /Downtown/Pensacola Beach

  • Keep Friday service
  • Run service from Memorial Day – Labor Day


5 Responses to “ECAT Plans To Eliminate Or Cut Back Underperforming Routes”

  1. Non Supporter on September 24th, 2019 8:15 am

    No one hates ECAT…

    what tax payers loathe? The waste…not here to change minds…if it were your dollars…which it actually is…

  2. Jr on September 23rd, 2019 12:37 pm

    I see many Buses with few riders. Routes with low ridership needs cutting.
    Buses running routes with low ridership is a waste of taxpayer money.

  3. gmp on September 23rd, 2019 12:12 am

    I don’t understand why everyone hates on ECAT so much. Why are people so hateful to an essential community service? I admit that there are some faults with the system but over the years the first response to them has been to cut service instead of actually trying to improve it. I’ve seen the routes and services repeatedly cut until I feel bad for the people who rely on it because it can take them hours and hours to travel on the buses, most of that additional time is spent waiting because the next bus that they need to transfer to doesn’t run for as much as two hours later. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve almost always had a car but last year my car broke down and due to circumstances I was without it for nearly a month and had to use the bus several times and I’m glad that they are available to those who need them.

  4. Non Supporter of ECAT on September 22nd, 2019 8:30 pm

    Does this mean our county commission will revoke the gas tax that funded this black hole?

    My commish is now the mayor of pensacola. He defended the gas tax and the ECAT endeavor.

    What say you County Commissioner…I mean Mayor G ROB.

  5. Willis on September 22nd, 2019 8:53 am

    Left out the most needed change.

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