Transportation planners announce new island shuttle

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Donna Dunio, executive director of the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, speaks March 24 to attendees of a conference on transportation for seniors on the barrier islands. Islander Photo: Bianca Benedí

New curb-to-curb shuttle services are coming to the barrier islands.

The second annual Transportation Awareness Day conference was held March 24 at the Aging in Paradise Resource Center, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

At the conference, Manatee County Area Transit planning manager Ryan Suarez announced a new shuttle service will be deployed between Coquina Beach and Longboat Key.

Beginning April 15, MCAT will offer a curb-to-curb shuttle service for $1.50 seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Passengers can arrange for the service by calling 941-748-2317 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Trips must be arranged at least one day in advance. The service is limited to a one-way or round-trip service anywhere between Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach and Bay Isles Parkway on Longboat Key.

In addition to the MCAT shuttle announcement, the event also included presentations from representatives from the Sarasota-based ITNSuncoast, Longboat Limousine and Uber.

Absent from the event were representatives from Paradise Boat Tours, who were expected to announce development of a water taxi connecting Whitney Beach Plaza on Longboat Key to stops on Anna Maria Island.

The Aging in Paradise Resource Center can be reached at 941-383-6493 or www.aginginparadise.org.

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