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Escambia County Encourages Final Round of Participation to Shape the Future of Public Transportation

Residents asked to weigh in on proposed projects aimed to improve user experience
In October 2020, representatives from Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) launched ‘Your Service, Your Say,’ a project focused on improving the future of public transportation throughout Escambia County. Since its launch, the ECAT team has conducted two phases of public engagement, collecting feedback through a series of surveys. Today, the third and final phase kicks off, encouraging all residents, regardless of their current mode of transportation, to participate in an online survey to help identify potential solutions that will improve the area’s transit system.

Residents are encouraged to voice their opinions via an online survey 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. The survey will close May 28, 2021.

“Community involvement in phases one and two of this project have been extremely valuable to our team,” said ECAT Mass Transit Director Tonya Ellis. “The feedback we’re receiving is important to us, and I would like to encourage all residents to weigh in during this final phase to help us prioritize proposed projects that would ultimately improve user experience.”

Conducted as part of the 2020 Transit Development Plan (TDP), the ‘Your Service, Your Say’ initiative aims to identify future transportation needs and projected demands for the next 10 years. This plan also seeks to integrate innovative transportation concepts and varying modes of transportation.

For those who want to hear directly from the planning team, representatives from the ‘Your Service, Your Say’ project will host three public meetings on May 21. There will be an in-person workshop to talk more about our 10-year transit plan and the proposed improvements to the ECAT system. The meeting will take place at the Escambia County Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place, Room 104, at the following times: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., and 5 to 6 p.m. To learn more about the public meetings visit www.YourSayEscambia.com.

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 visitwww.YourSayEscambia.com.

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