All MCAT buses and trolleys are equipped with wheelchair lifts to accommodate riders who cannot use the steps. At the bus stop, when the bus arrives, follow the driver’s instructions. Move your wheelchair onto the lift, secure brakes and grasp handrails. Once inside, the driver will assist you with securing your wheelchair and safety belts. Discuss your destination with the bus driver who will assist you when leaving the bus or trolley.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires transit agencies make their services accessible to people with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important civil rights law passed in 1990 that has greatly increased the transportation options for people with disabilities. The law called for improvements to transportation services, including the availability of paratransit service. The ADA does not require a transit agency “to meet all the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities”; however, it does ensure people with disabilities receive the same transportation service opportunities everyone else receives.
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)
Prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity and access for persons with disabilities; ensuring complementary paratransit service that is comparable to the public transit bus service for individuals who are unable to ride public transportation. Any person who believes that he/she has been discriminated against or denied full participation in transportation on the basis of disability by Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) may file an ADA complaint.
Reservation-based ADA service operates in conjunction with all fixed route services during normal hours of operation: Local Fixed Route Bus, Monday – Saturday, 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Anna Maria Island Trolley, Daily, 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Longboat Key Trolley, Daily, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Beach Express, Sundays/Holidays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The origin and destination of the trip must be within 3/4 of a mile of the fixed route MCAT bus service for the requested trip. ADA clients must be assessed for eligibility.
Information on MCAT and Handy Bus services can be made available in accessible formats upon request.