MCAT installs technology to assist wheelchair passengers on popular local route

  • Jan 30, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Jan. 30, 2017) – Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) recently installed new state-of-the art equipment to assist wheelchair passengers on one of the County’s most popular fixed routes.

 One bus on MCAT’s Route 3 – which offers passengers 30-minute service frequency along the Manatee Avenue corridor from I-75 to Manatee County Public Beach – now has QUANTUM wheelchair securement technology. The device enables passengers that utilize wheelchairs or powered scooters to independently activate a securement device that secures their mobility equipment in less than 25 seconds by simply pushing a button.
 
The new technology allows for the quick, effective, and safe securement of wheelchairs and scooters without the Transit Operator securing every wheelchair device with old-fashioned securement straps and four-point tie-downs.
 
"This technology is greatly benefiting wheelchair riders, and allows them to board, ride, and disembark the bus, and enjoy complete independence while riding the bus," said MCAT Manager William Steele.  “As the QAUNTUM pilot continues to be successful, this new technology garners the momentum necessary for inclusion in the next statewide bus procurement contract in Florida.  As transit agencies replace their transit coaches and include the QUANTUM technology in replacement bus buys, the wheelchair securement process significantly improves over time, and thereby enhances the transit experience for wheelchair passengers across the state.”  
 
For more information, contact William Steele at (941) 747-8621. For more information about MCAT visit www.ridemcat.org
 
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