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Brevard County Residents Ride for Free on January 15, 2015

January 8, 2015

Brevard County can start the year right, and reThink how to get to work and school, during the 2nd Annual Resolve to reThink Your Commute day. On Thursday, January 15, 2015, Space Coast Area Transit is offering free rides; simply visit RideSCAT.com to print a free bus ticket.

This year’s event features a new partner: Eastern Florida State College. Students of the school may ride the bus for free thanks to a funding agreement between the college and Space Coast Area Transit. The “free ride” partnership ceremony is Thursday, January 15th at 10:45 am in front of the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne. Speakers will include Jim Liesenfelt, Transit Services Director for Space Coast Area Transit; Richard Laird, M.B.A., Vice President, Financial & Technical Services at Eastern Florida State College; Sandra Handfield, M.A., Provost for the Eastern Florida State College Melbourne campus; and Kathy Meehan, City of Melbourne Mayor.

Afternoon events at each Eastern Florida State College campus will focus on coordinating carpools and vanpools, as well as registering commuters for reThink’s Emergency Ride Home program.

The Resolve to reThink Your Commute campaign is led by reThink, a program of the Florida Department of Transportation. reThink aims to decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality, conserve natural resources, and save people money. To achieve these goals, reThink promotes transportation options, including carpooling/vanpooling, riding transit, biking, walking, and telecommuting.

For more information about the event, please visit www.reThinkYourCommute.com/Resolve/ or call 1-866-610-RIDE (7433).

Download the FDOT Press Release.

Space Coast Area Transit

Contact: Sarah Kraum or call Space Coast Area Transit at 321-633-1878

Space Coast Area Transit, a department of the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, offers fixed route bus and Paratransit services, commuter and non-profit agency vanpools, and need-based volunteer transportation support to assist frail and elderly residents in maintaining independence.

Space Coast Area Transit drives Brevard’s economy by efficiently and inexpensively connecting workers with their jobs, links students with colleges and universities, and transports the elderly and transportation disadvantaged to needed services. Buses operate on set schedules at designated stops. Additionally, a QR code on bus stop signs link passengers to a mobile website, where the Google Maps Trip Planner details which routes to take. Weekend and Saturday service is available on most routes.

Extensive coverage is provided throughout the cities within Brevard County as well as unincorporated areas. Major shopping centers, government centers, social service agencies, area colleges, universities and hospitals are just some of the locations served by Space Coast Area Transit. All transit buses are wheelchair lift equipped. They also accommodate bikes at no additional charge. Surfboards are allowed inside the bus, based on space availability.

Space Coast Area Transit also has one of the largest commuter and non-profit agency vanpool programs in all of Florida. State-of-the-art vans seat 7-15 passengers and are convenient, reliable and affordable. An on-line savings calculator details the savings from riding the bus or vanpooling versus commuting by car.

The Volunteers In Motion program offers trained volunteer assistance to Brevard County residents that are too frail or elderly to ride a bus; these committed volunteers enable the program to grow and continue to be a huge success story!

E-mail for maps by mail or personalized assistance, or call the Customer Rideline at 321-633-1878. For additional information, log on to RideSCAT.com or RideSCAT.com en Espanol. Connect with us on Facebook, view our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter @SCATbus, or sign up to receive our e-newsletter, News on The Move. View public documents including Transit Development Plans, rider surveys, general policies, and program plans commissioned by Space Coast Area Transit.

Did You Know?

  • Imagine loading the entire population of Chicago, New York and LA into buses … over 17 million passengers! That’s how many people have saved money, gas and time by riding Space Coast Area Transit.
  • Since the inception of the program, Space Coast Area Transit vanpools have traveled 322,001,014 miles, the equivalent of traveling from the earth to the moon 1,278 times.
  • Riding the bus has been such a “hit” that Space Coast Area Transit’s ridership has increased every month since the final game was played in Yankee Stadium in 2008.
  • Over $100,000 in unpaid time is generously donated each year by volunteers in the Volunteers In Motion program.