Meetings and Events & Public Hearings

Mass Transit Advisory Committee (MTAC) Meeting

Mass Transit Advisory Committee (MTAC) Meetings are every other month at 2:00 PM
Next meeting: Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 Meeting Agenda

May 10, 2017 MTAC Meeting Minutes

July 12th ECAT MTAC Report

July 12th ECAT MTAC Report Supplemental Back-Up Material

Escambia County Central Office Complex
3363 W. Park Place Pensacola, FL
Room 104
(across from the County Health Dept. on Fairfield Drive)

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ECAT Connections 2026 Transit Development Plan (TDP)

Click here to download flyer.

Public Workshops

The public is invited to attend a public workshop to discuss the findings from the previous ECAT Connections 2026 TDP workshops, and to provide input on the draft 10-year transit needs plan. The dates, times, and locations of the two workshops are as follows:


Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (4:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
West Florida Genealogy Library
5740 N. 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
(ECAT Bus Routes 31, 43, 52, 63)


Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (4:30 PM – 6:00 PM)
West Florida Public Library
239 North Spring Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502

(ECAT Bus Routes 2, 31, 41, 44, 58)

Escambia County/ECAT staff will be available to receive your feedback and answer any questions.

If needed, transportation will be provided for workshop attendees immediately following the workshop. Please contact ECAT at (850) 595-3228 for arrangements.

For those persons unable to attend one of the workshops, written comments will be accepted through June 17, 2016, and may be sent to:

Attn: TDP Project Manager
1515 W. Fairfield Drive
Pensacola, FL 32503
(850) 595-3228 ex. 1233

Please call ECAT at (850) 595-3228 or contact us if further information is needed.


Any person requiring special accommodations to attend or participate, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, should contact ECAT within at least three (3) business days before the meeting at (850) 595-3228.

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Mass Transit Advisory Committee (MTAC) Meeting

Mass Transit Advisory Committee (MTAC) Meetings are the 2nd Wednesday once every Quarter at 3pm.

Next meeting: Wednesday April 13, 2016

Escambia County Central Office Complex
3363 W. Park Place, Room 104
Pensacola, FL
(across from the County Health Dept on Fairfield Drive)

Click here for the January 13, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Click here for the upcoming April 13, 2016 Meeting Agenda

MTAC 2015 Annual Report


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ADA Reasonable Modification Policy

ECAT Accessibility & Reasonable Modification

Accessibility of the ECAT Fixed-Route Service

The ECAT fixed-route service fleet is accessible to all persons with disabilities. All bus operators are trained to assist in using a lift and securing a wheelchair. ADA Transportation service is available in Escambia County within 3/4 mile of fixed-route service.  In addition, all bus operators are trained to announce major stops and transfer points.

ECAT Bus Service Information for ADA Transportation Eligible Citizens

Personal Travel Instruction

ECAT provides mobility and travel training for interested individuals and groups. This training includes a bus feature demonstration and the opportunity for new riders to have hands on experience. Training will also include instruction on how to read ECAT bus routes and schedules. If you would like more information or wish to schedule mobility and travel training, call the ECAT Administrative Office at 850-595-3233

Accessible Buses And Aids

  • All our buses have ramps or lifts.
  • Many buses “kneel”, making it easier to reach the first step. Just ask your driver to “kneel” the bus.
  • Buses have priority seating for senior citizens and passengers with disabilities.
  • Every bus has two securing areas for mobility devices.
  • All bus operators are trained to announce major stops and transfer points.
  • We transport riders who use portable medical oxygen equipment and respirators. Please bring an attendant if you need help carrying or operating life-support equipment.

Low-Floor Buses

Some buses have low floors, making it possible to board without climbing steps. The driver can also “kneel” the bus (lower the front door closer to the curb), making it even easier to board.

Ramps and Lifts

Low-floor buses have boarding ramps for people who use mobility devices. Regular “high-floor” buses have power lifts for anyone who cannot use the stairs to board.

Tips for Using the Lift

  • An attendant must accompany you if you cannot get on the lift by yourself. If you use a mobility device, set the brakes and turn off the power.
  • If you stand on the lift, be sure to hold onto the handrail.
  • Mobility devices larger than 30 inches wide and 48 inches long are difficult to accommodate on some vehicles.
  • Mobility devices must not exceed 600 pounds when occupied.
  • The Operator can help guide you to the wheelchair securing area.
  • Most buses can accommodate two wheelchairs in their designated securing areas.

How to Board

  • Wait at an accessible bus stop marked with the wheelchair access symbol. You may ask to use the wheelchair lift.
  • Wait at least 5 feet from the door. You will be the first to board after passengers have exited.
  • Move to the wheelchair area in the front of the bus and lock your brakes. The driver will help you with the tie-down straps. We recommend you use the safety belt, too.

How to Get off the Bus

  • Once your stop is announced, press the yellow signal strip or pull the cord.
  • The driver will remove the securement straps and seatbelt and deploy the ramp or lift for you.
  • After the lift is raised, move onto the lift and lock your brakes.
  • When the lift is stopped, move off the lift platform and away from the bus.

Accessibility Aids

Rider Updates are available in audio form by calling 850-595-3228.

These accessibility aids are available upon request:

  • Bus schedules are available in large print, and other accessible formats

To request these materials, contact our Mobility Department at 850-595-3233


ADA Reasonable Modification Policy

For Escambia County – To Include ECAT and ECCT

(Escambia County Area Transit, and Escambia County Community Transportation)

The Department of Transportation has revised its rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  It now specifically provides that transportation agencies are required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures to avoid discrimination and ensure that their programs are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Escambia County Area Transit is committed to providing safe, reliable, efficient, and accessible service to its customers.  To ensure equality and fairness, Escambia County will make reasonable modifications to policies and procedures to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to all of its services.

Exceptions would include modifications that:

  • Cause a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others;
  • Result in a fundamental alteration of the nature of the service;
  • Are not necessary in order for the individual with a disability to fully utilize Escambia County transportation services

Anyone who would like to request a modification of policies or procedures to participate in an Escambia County transportation service can send their request to:


Escambia County Area Transit
Attn: Reasonable Modification
1515 W Fairfield Drive, Pensacola FL 32501

Alternatively please call – 850-595-3228 or

email us at


Click HERE for .pdf Version


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ECAT Earns Top Honors


ECAT Earns Top Honors at the 2015 FPTA Marketing Awards

[Pensacola, Fla.] – Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) representatives took home six awards at the 2015 Florida Public Transportation Association (FPTA) Marketing Awards Competition, including the coveted “Best of the Best” Award presented during the annual conference in Daytona Beach on October 26.

Click HERE for full press release!



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The federal Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all agencies receiving federal funding through the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) comply with 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26 in the establishment of a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and the establishment of annual goals.  The DBE program is intended to remedy past and current discrimination against disadvantaged business enterprises, ensure a level playing field and foster equal opportunity in DOT assisted contracts.

In compliance with these DOT regulations, ECAT has established a DBE program consisting of procedures for Program Administration, Certification and Eligibility (the Florida Statewide Standard Certification program is utilized), and establishing DBE goals.  As part of this program ECAT must set a goal based on demonstrable evidence of ready, willing and able DBE’s that are available to work on DOT- Assisted contracts.  ECAT staff personnel have considered the annual capital and operating budgets, the type and dollar value of anticipated procurements available for DBE participation, the Census Bureau’s County Business Pattern database, the number of DBE firms available and past experience in obtaining DBE participation.  Based on this information ECAT has established a

FY 2016 – 2018 DBE Goal of 2%

Participation in all federally assisted procurements, and expects to meet this goal entirely through race-neutral measures.

The FY 16 – 18 ECAT Budget contains an estimated $1,000,000 annually for federally assisted capital procurements available for DBE participation.  ECAT capital procurement activity will primarily be in the following equipment categories; bus maintenance parts and supplies, Administrative Support, and facility and bus stop / sign upgrades.

The ECAT DBE Liaison Officer is Ms. Colette Wiedeman and can be contacted at telephone number (850) 595-3224.  The ECAT DBE program is available for review at the ECAT administrative office, 1515 W Fairfield Drive, Pensacola FL and or a PDF version is available by clicking here DBE PROGRAM





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Public Feedback on Proposed Modifications

See below for the links to the Route 41 and 42 Proposed modification details and surveys.

Click here for details on suggested changes.

Please take a moment to review our 5 question surveys on these proposed modifications by clicking the links below:

Route 41 Survey

Route 42 Survey

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