Starting Friday, April 1, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) will begin limited express service between Bradenton and St. Petersburg through its MCAT Connexion.
Officials say the first bus daily will depart from the DeSoto Station starting at 9:00 a.m., and should arrive at the Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital/Medical Center by 10:15 a.m. A return trip departs at 10:40am.
A second run to St. Pete starts at 2:00 p.m. and returns at 3:40 p.m.
William Steele, Transit Manager for MCAT, worked with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) to create the new Skyway Connexion Limited Stop Express. He says his twenty years working for PTSA helped to build this collaboration.
"They’re open to the inter-county service because it serves a market that they’d like to fulfill, as well," said Steele.
Steele goes on to say the new service across the Howard Frankland Bridge opens job opportunities, shopping, and services to MCAT Customers they could not reach previously.
For additional information on the new Skyway Connexion Limited Stop Express Service, visit the MCAT Website.