Innovative On-Demand Ride Share Launched
The Treasure Coast Connector is launching a new, on-demand micro-transit service for residents in the southwestern portion of Port St. Lucie, called Treasure Coast Connector – On Demand.
Similar to ride-hailing services, Treasure Coast Connector – On Demand uses a smartphone app for riders to schedule customized curb-to-curb trips in the Gatlin Road area of Port St. Lucie. A small, neighborhood-friendly van will pick-up riders and drop them off wherever they wish to travel within the defined pilot program areas of Port St. Lucie, including businesses and offices in Tradition and near Interstate 95 on Gatlin Boulevard. Areas being served include: Becker Ridge; Paar Estates; Sawgrass Lakes; Crane Landin; Woodland Trails; Tulip Park; Rosser Reserve; Gatlin Pines; Whispering Pines; Newport Isles and Tradition. Along the way, the shuttle may pick-up other passengers who also request a ride. The service conveniently accommodates people with disabilities.
This free, pilot program will operate within the southwestern portion of Port St. Lucie for up to one year beginning Monday, Dec. 9. If the program goes well, the service will expand and become a part of St. Lucie County Transit and the Treasure Coast Connector’s transit options. Hours of operation for Treasure Coast Connector – On Demand will be Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“Through the City of Port St. Lucie’s citizen-driven strategic planning process, our residents have let us know that providing more and enhanced transit services is one of our most important opportunities for making the good life in PSL even better,” said Port St. Lucie Mayor Gregory J. Oravec. “Accordingly, we are very thankful that the St. Lucie County Transit Authority, led by the St. Lucie County Commission and the St. Lucie County Community Services Department, has worked hard and smart to deliver this pilot program to a part of the City, which is growing fast and not easily served by traditional bus service. We hope that this new service helps our residents and that the pilot program evidences that this type of on-demand ride share service is a cost-effective way to expand transit services in our growing and geographically large community.”
The new pilot program is being implemented in partnership with St. Lucie County, The City of Port St. Lucie, TransLoc, a Ford Smart Mobility Company and the Council on Aging of St. Lucie, Inc. will provide the trips. To use this new ride share program, passengers should download the free TransLoc app to their smartphone and then request a ride. Following a request, the micro-transit app will provide passengers with an estimated pick-up time, track their ride in real-time, and alert them when their ride is about to arrive. Passengers will also be notified when their ride is about to reach their desired destination.
To find out more about the Treasure Coast Connector and the new micro-transit program for Port St. Lucie’s southeastern residents call 772-464-RIDE (7433) or visit www.slcride.org.