The Consolidated Agencies Transportation System, a department of the Brevard County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners providing free transportation to the elderly, the handicapped, and the indigent is described. The philosophy of the system is to supply specialized transportation according to individual need at a low cost. The system began in 1971 as a limited service for teenaged mothers and expanded gradually until 1974, when the county assumed control of the system, taking over vehicles from separate county agencies. Service by an 11-bus fleet of small, wheel-chair accessible vehicles is offered 10 hours a day, with regular subscription service and with flexible routes in the middle of the day for nonregular riders; buses are radio-equipped. Administrative and planning functions are assumed by the director and business office staff, and operations functions, by a supervisor responsible to the director, a radio dispatcher, drivers, and assistant drivers; an external advisory committee assists in assurance of quality service. Drivers and assistants must be State-licensed and have completed a defensive driver course and basic first aid training. Funds derive from the Federal Government, the State of Florida, the Board of County Commissioners, United Way, and local donations; costs for sponsored riders, i.e., clients of a particular program, are reimbursed through a service contract with a specific agency. Such multiple-source funding protects against fund cuts, but creates complex guideline problems. Although private taxis, private bus lines, and public bus lines serve the same area, two studies show that little overlapping occurs and that conflicts should be resolved through the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

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    Consolidated Agencies Transportation System

    2575 North Courteney Parkway
    Merritt Island, FL  United States  32962
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Pagination: 21 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00191910
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1981 12:00AM