First Transit announces that Escambia County, Florida, has contracted with the company to provide paratransit services. This newly awarded contract is for three years. First Transit, which currently manages the Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) fixed-route services, will begin managing the paratransit services July 1, 2014.
ECAT’s paratransit services are designed, in accordance with ADA guidelines, specifically for individuals whose disabilities make it difficult for them to use ECAT fixed-route services. ADA accessible vehicles are available for all ADA eligible riders traveling within the ECAT service area. These are curb-to-curb services; and, based upon need and request, can also be door-to-door.
First Transit Senior Vice President Tim McCann states, “We are appreciative of the ongoing and successful partnership First Transit has with Escambia County. We look forward to providing this additional service for the county’s residents and will continue setting the highest standards in the safe and efficient transportation of all members of the communities we serve.”
Gloria Neal will serve as First Transit general manager for the ECAT paratransit services. Gloria brings to ECAT paratransit strength in management of all aspects of public transportation systems. With nine years in the transit industry, Gloria has considerable experience and expertise within a variety of transportation settings, including operations, planning, route development, budgeting, union negotiations, safety and training.