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SCAT bus shelters in city of Sarasota to be replaced
SCAT bus shelters in city of Sarasota to be replaced

Sarasota, Florida -- Sixteen Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) bus shelters in the City of Sarasota are being replaced after the city decided to terminate its contract with LAMAR Advertising, the company that owns the shelters. The City had contracted with LAMAR in 2000 to install 50 shelters at SCAT bus stops, but LAMAR had only installed 19 shelters during the 10-year term of the contract. 

The City of Sarasota’s contract with LAMAR, expired last October, giving LAMAR until April 16, 2011 to remove the shelters and return the property to its original condition. On April 18, the City informed LAMAR of its intention to remove the advertising from the shelters.

SCAT service will continue uninterrupted service at the existing locations while SCAT continues to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) to replace the shelters. The plan to replace the shelters will be based on ridership data, availability of funding, right-of-way feasibility. Replacement of the shelters is anticipated by 2012.

The shelters are located on SCAT Route 1/1A (Fruitville Road), Longboat Key Trolley, Route 4 (Lido/St. Armands), Route 99 (Palmetto-Sarasota), Route 12 (US 301 and Tuttle Ave.), and Route 17 (Tamiami Trail).

SCAT has completed topographic surveys of shelter locations and initiated an engineering assessment which determined some of the locations don’t meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and are outside the public right of way.

SCAT will notify customers through signage at each location about the status of replacement shelters at each affected bus stop. SCAT also will prepare a request for proposal (RFP) for design of ADA compliant shelters and/or benches for the 16 locations.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.