Help plan Okaloosa County transit

CRESTVIEW – The local bus service is looking for experts to help plan the future of public transportation in Okaloosa County: its passengers.

As the county continues to develop its 10-year transit development plan, it invites users – and would be users – of the Emerald Coast (EC) Rider bus system to provide in-person and online commentary for help planners formulate future routes and stops.

EC Rider staff will meet with local and interested passengers to receive feedback on the schedule listed below. The meeting will be held from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25 at Crestview Town Hall, 198 N. Wilson St.

The EC Rider team will also meet the public the same day at 9-11 am at the Elder Services of Okaloosa County stop, 207 Hospital Drive, Fort Walton Beach; and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Destin Commons transfer station, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Interested residents can also help by completing a survey on the service’s website,

Based on the feedback, some of the ideas considered by EC Rider include:

• Expansion of the existing Crestview-Fort Walton Beach bus route, Route 14, which currently only stops at Crestview Town Hall, to include stops at Wal-Mart, North Okaloosa Medical Center, Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport, and the Niceville main campus of Northwest Florida State College.

• Provide more public transportation service to Crestview

• Streamlining of the various bus services that currently serve South County beach communities between Fort Walton Beach and Destin.

• Make the bus service faster, safer and more reliable.

For more information contact EC Rider at 850.833.9168 or send an email to [email protected]

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