Sarasota News Leader

11/15/2013

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MORE SHELTERS — AND FAST! Photos compare a Sarasota County Area Transit shelter to one in Manatee County. Image courtesy Sarasota County THE COUNTY COMMISSION EXTENDS A CONTRACT FOR BUS STOP STRUCTURES AND PARTS WHILE STAFF SEEKS OUT BEST PRACTICES TO PUT TOGETHER A NEW BID PACKAGE FOR FUTURE YEARS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor Of the more than 2,000 Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) stops, only 172 have shelters, and a contract amendment the Sarasota County Commission approved last week will increase that by 47 at the most in the 2014 fiscal year, the County Commission learned last week. speed up the installation of shelters and create more cost efficiencies. Carter added that she planned to be back before the board in February with an analysis of information from six peer counties in regard to their procurement and erection of shelters, so the commission can have the Nonetheless, Glama Over 90 percent of our stops have best possible inforCarter, the SCAT direcnothing other than a sign in the ground. mation as it moves tor, told the board she forward on this issue. That's bad; that's just really bad. is working with other county staff on a new Commissioners asked Joe Barbetta Commissioner procurement process Carter to speed up Sarasota County that she hopes will the pursuit of public

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