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.
CAT’s Keeping Transit Safe
Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic CAT has continued to serve the community and those essential workers that rely on their services. View videos below to see the additional precautions CAT is taking to ensure riders and staff remain safe on public transportation during the pandemic.
The MPO and Collier Area Transit
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.
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.
2020 Park and Ride Study
The Park and Ride Study was a collaborative effort including the MPO, CAT and PTNE. Park and Ride facilities traditionally provide areas where commuters can park and take public transit, carpool, or vanpool into more urban areas; helping address impacts of traffic congestion and parking constraints at some facilities. The study documented and prioritized sites and provided implementation strategies to provide access to alternative transportation modes by locating potential lots near multimodal facilities, such as transit, pathways, sidewalks, or bike lanes; providing access to alternative transportation modes. These sites were identified as a starting point as opportunities arise in the county for the development of Park and Ride Facilities. Further study and outreach would occur when going forward with each specific Park and Ride.
Transit Impact Analysis
The Collier MPO, in coordination with Public Transit and Neighborhood Enhancement Division, has recently completed a Transit Impact Analysis. The study assessed the effects that a development’s traffic will have on the transit network in the community and provided criteria for determining the capital or operating improvements required to the transit system. The MPO Board accepted the study and recommendations at the December 11, 2020 meeting. The completed study will be forwarded to Collier County and to local municipalities for further study and implementation. The completed study can be found here: Transit Impact Analysis.
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 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 last major update, in 2020, and minor updates may be downloaded below:
Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP)
The Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan (TDSP) is developed through a collaborative effort of the MPO, Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) and Local Coordinating Board (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.
Questions and comments may be submitted to Anne McLaughlin via email at Anne.McLaughlin@colliercountyfl.gov or via phone at 239-252-5884.
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.