Sunday, January 6, 2008

Why is ECAT Adding Routes in Gulf Breeze?

Last November, the PNJ reported that today, ECAT will be eliminating 10 routes in Escambia County. They will also end service on Sundays and after 8 p.m. This should mean that expansion of routes is not on the minds of ECAT officials, but this is exactly what they are planning on doing.

On the same day that routes are cut in Escambia County, the PNJ says that ECAT is planning on expanding services in Gulf Breeze. Huh? I thought that ECAT was in financial troubles.

This year, ECAT has a budget shortfall of $300,000

ECAT General Manager Travis Lakin says “there will be little or no cost associated with the bus stop additions”. This is a little hard to believe.

Won’t ECAT need to pay for more fuel and extra hours that the bus drivers will be working?

I doubt that Santa Rosa County or Gulf Breeze will be paying for the expansion.

Maybe there is “little or no cost” to the expansion in Gulf Breeze because the cuts in Escambia County are paying for it.

Hopefully, the PNJ will do a little digging to see if there is increased ECAT ridership in Gulf Breeze to justify the expansion.

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