Collier Area Transit (CAT) received the 2014 Transportation Disadvantaged Safety Agency of the Year award. The award, given by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, recognizes a transit system that has demonstrated an outstanding safety record or initiated new or improved safety systems.
CAT was recognized for its operator mirror check station, which it introduced in an effort to improve transportation safety. Before a bus leaves the transportation facility, operators must stop at a check station to ensure the mirrors on the bus are properly positioned to eliminate potential blind spots.
Since the county has included the mirror check as part of its procedures, there have been zero chargeable accidents during the transportation of its riders.
“I am so pleased the state has recognized Collier Area Transit’s commitment to the safety of its riders, particularly those who need the most help,” said Commissioner Donna Fiala, who is the chairwoman of Collier Area Transit’s Local Coordinating Board. “We are always looking for new ways to get our riders safely from place to place and this award proves we are doing it right.”
The award was given on July 30 during the 22nd annual Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged annual workshop in Orlando.
For more information, contact Alternative Transportation Modes Director Michelle Arnold at (239) 252-5841.