ECAT Receives $180K Grant For Cantonment, Molino, Century Bus Route

September 8, 2019

Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) has received a grant to offset the cost of existing bus service to Cantonment, Molino and Century.

The $180,271 grant is from the State of Florida Department of Transportation Public Transportation Grant Agreement is for fiscal year 2019-2020, which begins October 1.

The program provides dollars to eligible recipients who operate public transportation service in rural areas. The “Route 60″ bus to North Escambia is the only eligible rural bus route operated in Escambia County.

The grant requires a 50% match from Escambia County, which is included in the upcoming fiscal year budget. The grant will not create any additional costs for Escambia County.

Pictured: The ECAT Route 60 bus makes a stop in Century. file photo, click to enlarge.


12 Responses to “ECAT Receives $180K Grant For Cantonment, Molino, Century Bus Route”

  1. Freda on September 10th, 2019 1:40 am

    BEULAH still gets nothing but growth. How do communities get this? We have schools and this Navy Federal that is talked about so much. Why can the people of Beulah not get a bus? We have nothing out here. No sidewalks well unless you call the one to nowhere down 9 mile one.

  2. Ms Prissy on September 9th, 2019 1:49 pm

    Coming from a place that has the BEST public transportation to a place that is so behind is irritating. You hold yourselves back; seems like this is a place to start dragging y’all forward a bit.

  3. southerner on September 9th, 2019 9:59 am


  4. John on September 9th, 2019 6:51 am

    One could also say its not the taxpayer’s problem you live so far away from essential services sounds like a personal problem. Pack your bags and move!

  5. Bewildered on September 9th, 2019 4:48 am

    CC you missed out I guess. I read before they pick folks up at their house at their convenience for $1 a ride.

  6. C C on September 8th, 2019 8:07 pm

    I didn’t know Cantonment had a bus that comes out here. I pay a lot of money for uber rides. Those of us who can’t drive, I’m legally blind, need affordable transportation. We pay taxes too. :)

  7. Dave on September 8th, 2019 1:41 pm

    ECAT is no more than a tax payer welfare mode of transport.
    It is not a business that supports itself
    Everyone wants the taxpayer to provide them with transportation.

  8. Ms. Lisa on September 8th, 2019 11:54 am

    The bus service helps my family a great deal. I would like to see the route extended past the sheriff’s station. It would serve more to have it run through Century to Food Giant, the PSC campus, Northview high school and the Lakeview Med Ctr. Not everyone has a car and cannot always depend on a ride from friends and family.

  9. Dlo on September 8th, 2019 10:43 am

    It would probably be cheaper to buy everyone that actually uses the north end bus route a car

  10. troubled on September 8th, 2019 7:47 am

    I have yet to see that bus in Walnut Hill, Bay Springs Or Enon. Don’t we count?????

  11. ensley boy on September 8th, 2019 7:27 am

    ECAT already gets four cents for every gallon of fuel you buy. Sounds like they are run by the town of CENTURY, no amount of money is ever enough.

  12. Oversight on September 8th, 2019 6:46 am

    How many riders from Century to points south? More than $360,000 for this bus route? Think about that for a moment. That means its $1,000 a day crazy waste of taxpayers money.

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