Collier Area Transit
Collier Area Transit (CAT) provides public transit service in Collier County for the City of Naples, the City of Marco Island and the Immokalee area. Services include fixed-route bus, express bus, American with Disabilities (ADA) and Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) paratransit service. CAT operates under the supervision of the Public Transit & Neighborhood Enhancement Division (PTNE) of the Collier County Public Services Department. PTNE is the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for Collier County and administers the coordination of transportation services for the disabled and economically disadvantaged. CAT is committed to providing safe, accessible and courteous public transportation services to their customers.
The MPO coordinates with PTNE to produce plans that are consistent with other regional transportation plans; annually evaluates the CTC to ensure that policies set by the Local Coordinating Board (LCB) and the State’s safe practices are being adhered to, and that transportation plans include public transportation as an integral part of the overall regional network. The MPO in coordination with CAT and PTNE have completed many multi- modal planning studies which are briefly described below. For more information regarding CAT plans and projects, please contact the CAT Office at (239)252-7777 or the PTNE Department at (239)252-5840.
Transit Studies and Plans
Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA)
The Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA) evaluates the service of the existing CAT system. The COA was developed through analysis of ridership and survey data, and interviews with stakeholders and passengers. It incorporates performance measures for the existing system, identifies its strengths and weaknesses, and provides recommendations on improvements for the CAT system. The COA is an aid in developing marketing plans and any significant changes in routes.
Transit Development Plan (TDP)
Every transit agency must develop a Transit Development Plan (TDP) Major Update every five years and an annual update / progress report for all other years. The TDP is a financially constrained, ten-year plan addressing transit and mobility needs, cost and revenue projections, and community transit goals, objectives and policies. The TDP includes a physical description of the area; a population profile with demographic characteristics; and a review of the existing transportation services including a trend analysis.
The TDP annual update/progress report addresses the past year’s accomplishments compared to the original implementation program; analyzes any discrepancies between the plan and its implementation for the past year and steps that will be taken to attain original goals and objectives; makes any revisions to the implementation program for the coming year based on the annual review; adds recommendations for the new tenth year of the updated plan; revises the financial plan; and revises the list of projects or services needed to meet the goals and objectives, including projects for which funding may not have been identified.
The contract to prepare a major update has been awarded to Tindale Oliver. The completion date is December 2020 for inclusion in the 2045 LRTP. An online survey will be used to help understand the mobility needs and to identify gaps in existing services. Responses to the survey will be used to define proposed mobility enhancements which will be included in the second survey in order to obtain thoughts about the proposed mobility improvements. Responses to these surveys will inform the recommendations that are developed and approved.
The public involvement process used for the TDP is described in the TDP Public Participation Plan.
The last major update, in 2015, may be downloaded below:
2014 CAT Bus Stop ADA Assessment
The 2014 CAT Bus Stop ADA Assessment was a collaborative effort including the MPO, CAT and PTNE. The study identifies areas to improve access to and from bus stops and transfer centers; includes a comprehensive inventory of existing bus stop conditions; and prioritizes improvements to address accessibility, security, operation and passenger comfort issues. The placement of bus stops and facilities may affect passenger amenities, service speed and schedule adherence.
Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP)
The Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) is developed through a collaborative effort of the MPO, CTC and LCB. The plan addresses local transportation disadvantaged services and identifies local transportation disadvantaged individuals and their transportation needs. The TDSP must contain development, service and quality assurance components, and reflect the policies of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. The TDSP is used by the CTC and the LCB to maintain and/or improve transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged and serves as a framework for the performance evaluation of the Collier Area ParaTransit. There must be a major update to the TDSP every five years with minor updates the interim years. Following review and approval by the LCB, the TDSP is submitted to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) for final approval. You may download recent TDSPs using the links below. For older TDSPs, please contact the MPO office at (239)252-5814.
Contact information for the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) is listed below: Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD)
Mailing Address: 605 Suwannee Street, MS-49 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
Physical Address: 2740 Centerview Drive, Suite 1A Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850) 410-5700
Fax: (850) 410-5752
TD Helpline: 1-800-983-2435
For hearing and speech impaired customers please call, 711 (Florida Only) Florida Relay System, or (850) 410- 5708 for TTY.
Park and Ride Study
The contract to complete a Park and Ride Study has been awarded to Jacobs. Jacobs presented an initial overview of the study’s development process to the Technical and Citizen’s Advisory Committees on January 27, 2020. Park and Ride presentation can be accessed here.
The study is anticipated to be completed and ready for presentation to the MPO Board and Board of County Commissioners in October 2020 for inclusion into the 2045 LRTP. The recommendations are likely to factor into an update to the Congestion Management Process and thus be eligible for future funding by the MPO.
The map of existing Park and Ride locations, Park and Ride priority lot locations previously identified in the 2005 CUTR Park & Ride Site Identification Study [Adopted Park and Ride], and preliminary additional Park and Ride lot location identified can be found here. This is a preliminary map that was presented to the Technical and Citizen’ Advisory Committees to obtain further input. Other possible Park and Ride locations shall be added or further refined through the planning process as public input is received and a standardized methodology for locating Park and Ride sites is developed.
You may contact Josephine Medina at (239)252-5850 with any question.