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The Sarasota County commissioners on Friday, Feb. 21, decided to roll ahead with fur- ther study of two proposed Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) changes. If enacted, the initiatives would mean a big move for the bus transit sta- t i o n i n d o w n t o w n Sarasota and a new way of operating the bus system through- out the county. The commission first tackled the related questions of whether to privatize Sarasota County's transit system and consolidate it with Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT). They then discussed the possibility of mov- ing the bus transfer station from Lemon Avenue at First Street to property across f r o m t h e H e a l t h Department near the THE COUNTY COMMISSION MOVES AHEAD WITH FURTHER STUDY OF PRIVATIZING ITS BUS SERVICE AND DISCUSSES THE CONCEPT OF MOVING THE DOWNTOWN TRANSFER STATION A joint meeting would have been a good way for us as policymakers to understand what positions we are both in. Christine Robinson Vice Chairwoman Sarasota County Commission By Roger Drouin County Editor ROLLING FORWARD An illustration shows how a new county bus transfer station could be constructed on Ringling Boulevard in downtown Sarasota. Image courtesy Sarasota County

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