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Sarasota County to Launch 'Mobility on Demand' Service June 5

Called "OnDemand by Sarasota County," it will serve four specialized zones and operate much like ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.

By Staff May 28, 2021

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Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) will launch a new mobility service plan June 5, eliminating and modifying fixed routes that are under-performing, improving schedule performance, and expanding curb-to-curb service. Called "OnDemand by Sarasota County," it will serve four specialized zones and operate much like ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Those zones include North Port, Venice and Englewood, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key and downtown Sarasota.

All of the service changes are part of a series of recommendations that followed an 18-month evaluation of the current SCAT operations. An OnDemand vehicle will pick up customers within 30 minutes of the ride request and take them to their destinations within the same zone. Other customers traveling similar routes may ride along. Vehicles will be similar to minivans and accessible for those using mobility devices or needing a ramp to board.

Curb-to-curb rides for this new service will be available 5 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Each ride will cost $1.25; rides can be paid for using an online registration service, an app or paying cash to the driver. Reservations are required to use this service.

Additional transit changes beginning June 5 include the elimination of fixed routes 1A, 4, 11, 16, 18, 23, 26, 28, 40 and 100, and  modifications of routes and schedules for fixed routes 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15 and 30.  SCAT’s most popular routes—6, 12, 17, 33, 99 and the Siesta Key Breeze—will operate with only a few schedule changes. For more info, click here.

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