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Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) officials have announced changes to two bus routes that will begin on April 1. Officials say the changes include improvements like increased frequency, new service areas and more buses.

The system’s existing Route 41 will split into two news routes — Routes 31 and 41. Route 31 will be bi-directional service between Downtown and Pensacola State College along 12th Avenue and Bayou Boulevard, with added service to Target, Winn-Dixie and Sacred Heart Hospital. The new Route 41 will be service to Summit Boulevard and a portion of Scenic Highway.

The current Route 42 will also split into 2 new routes, becoming Routes 32 and 52. Route 32 is bi-directional service between downtown Pensacola and the ECAT Rosa Parks Transit Center on Fairfield Drive. Route 52 will be service to Cordova Mall via Pensacola State College along 9th Avenue, with increased frequency during peak hours.

“We are excited to introduce these new and improved routes to the community,” said Tonya Ellis, Director of Marketing and Community Relations for ECAT. “By listening to rider feedback, recommendations from recent transportation plans, and continually striving to make strategic improvements, our team is always working to meet customer needs and improve public transportation for the people of Escambia County.”

The route upgrades come after ECAT recently introduced several new technology features, including onboard WiFi and a real-time bus locator app. The recent tech upgrades serve as ways for riders to streamline their daily commutes.

To learn more about ECAT’s new routes, visit www.GoECAT.com or call Tonya Ellis at 850-595-3228.

Changes to ECUA routes 31 and 41.

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