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Palm Tran
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SloganTo provide access to opportunity for everyone; safely, efficiently and courteously.
ParentPalm Beach County
Founded1971 as (CoTran) later renamed as Palm Tran
Headquarters West Palm Beach, Florida
Service typeBus, paratransit
AllianceBroward County Transit, Tri-Rail, Amtrak, Martin County Transit
Routes35 [1]
Stops3,200
DestinationsWest Palm Beach Intermodal, VA Medical Center, Boca Town Center Mall, Wellington Mall, Tri-Rail
Fleet192
Daily ridership36,546 (average weekday 2015)
Annual ridership10,177,132 (FY 2015)
Fuel type Diesel, diesel-electric hybrid, cng
OperatorPalm Tran Inc.
Chief executiveClinton Forbes
Website palmtran.org

Palm Tran is the public transit bus system run by the Palm Beach County Government, serving Palm Beach County, Florida. During fiscal year 2015, Palm Tran provided 10,773,132 one-way passenger trips and 889,056 paratransit trips to Palm Beach County. Palm Tran also serves a portion of Broward County, Florida where it overlaps with Broward County Transit. Palm Tran has four main facilities (North Campus in West Palm Beach, South Campus in Delray Beach, Palm Tran Connection/Military Trail and the Belle Glade Facility) with its main headquarters in West Palm Beach on Electronics Way. The current Executive Director is Clinton B. Forbes.

Fares

Standard (Adult) one-way fare is $2 (people eligible for the reduced fare such as students, disabled and senior citizens pay $1). $5 buys an unlimited 24-hour pass ($3.50 for reduced fare). Daily and 31-day unlimited ride passes are also available for purchase at Palm Tran Connection. There are 31-day unlimited passes that are available reduced or regular costing $55 and $70 respectively. Kids below 9 ride free with fare-paying rider, limit is 3. [2]

Technology

All Palm Tran buses have bicycle racks on the front, capable of holding two bikes. They are also equipped with GPS and video surveillance cameras which record activity on the bus and the outer side facing the bus stops. Recently Palm Tran has equipped all fixed-route buses with Automatic Vehicle Location technology that enables passengers to track buses and bus arrivals in real time. Palm Tran also offers real-time bus arrival information through its app, MyStop Mobile, as well as an on-demand texting feature.

History

In 1971, Florida Transit Management, Inc. began service with 20 buses on seven routes. In 1980, this service was expanded to over 60 buses in 22 routes, then renamed CoTran, short for "County Transportation". Finally, in 1996, CoTran was completely restructured to over 150 buses in over 30 routes, then renamed Palm Tran, its fleet repainted to the present white and teal design scheme, and has been that way since. At that time the basic design of the livery of the buses was changed from white and orange to white and teal, some of which are screen-wrapped to the logos and design of the company that sponsors those particular buses, but preserve their Palm Tran logos and bus numbers, the latter of which are assigned a four-digit number according to the year and order in which they were acquired. Also at that time, Florida Transit Management was replaced with Palm Tran Inc., a nonprofit. Palm Tran will introduce USB charging stations on its newest fleet in early 2017.

Palm Tran Connection

Palm Tran Connection is a shared ride, door to door, paratransit service that provides transportation for residents and visitors in Palm Beach County under six programs:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Program
  • Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Program
  • Division of Senior Services (DOSS) Program
  • Board of County Commissioner (BCC) Program
  • County Senior Transportation (CSTS) Program
  • Medicaid

Palm Tran Connection is operated by private transport companies and oversight is provided through Palm Tran. They travel to every destination in Palm Beach County - from Jupiter to Boca Raton and from Palm Beach to South Bay. Palm Tran Connection schedules all trips, prepares vehicle manifests, handles customer concerns & commendations, determines eligibility, and monitors the performance of the Transportation Providers.

Route list

A PalmTran bus at Florida Atlantic University
  • 1 Palm Beach Gardens-Boca Raton via US 1/Dixie Hwy.
  • 2 VA Medical Center to Boca Raton via Congress Ave.
  • 3 Palm Beach Gardens-Boca Raton via Military Trail
  • 4 West Palm Beach-Greenacres via Haverhill Road (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 10 North County Crosstown/Jupiter via Military Trail (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 20 Palm Beach Gardens Crosstown to Mangonia Park Tri-Rail (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 21 Palm Beach Gardens Crosstown via US 1 (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 30 Rivera Beach Crosstown/VA Medical Center to Singer Island via Blue Heron Blvd.
  • 31 Rivera Beach/ VA Medical Center-West Palm Beach Intermodal/ via 45th St./Tamarind Ave.
  • 33 Lake Park-West Palm Beach via Australian Ave.
  • 40 (limited stop service) Belle Glade-West Palm Beach via SR 80/Southern Blvd. ( Weekdays Only )
  • 40 (Limited Stop Service) Belle Glade To Mall to Wellington Green via SR 80/Southern Blvd. (Weekends Only)
  • 41 West Palm Beach-Palm Beach Inlet (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 42 West Palm Beach to Military Trail via Belvedere Rd.
  • 43 West Palm Beach-Wellington via Okeechobee Blvd.
  • 44 West Palm Beach Crosstown via Belvedere Rd.
  • 45 West Palm Beach-Lake Clark Shores (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 46 West Palm Beach-Wellington via Forest Hill Blvd.
  • 47 Pahokee-Belle Glade
  • 48 South Bay-Canal Point
  • 49 West Palm Beach-Executive Center via Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
  • 52 Royal Palm Beach Crosstown (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 60 Greenacres-Palm Springs (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 61 Greenacres-Lake Worth via 10th Av. N. /Cresthaven Blvd.
  • 62 Lake Worth-Wellington via Lake Worth Rd
  • 63 Lantana Crosstown via Lantana Rd.
  • 64 Greenacres-Lakeworth via Melaleuca Ln. (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 70 Lantana-Boynton Beach-Delray Beach via Seacrest Blvd.
  • 71 Boynton Beach Crosstown-Boynton Beach Tri-Rail via Lawrence Rd. (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 73 Boynton Beach Crosstown via Boynton Beach Blvd. (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 80 Delray Beach Crosstown via Linton Blvd,
  • 81 Delray Beach Crosstown via Atlantic Ave (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 91 Boca Raton Crosstown via Glades Rd.
  • 92 Boca Raton Crosstown via Palmetto Park Rd. (weekdays/Saturday only)
  • 94 FAU-Boca Raton Tri Rail Shuttle (weekdays only)
  • The Bolt 1 (LIMITED STOPS) West Palm Beach To Boca Raton via U.S.1 (peak weekdays only)

Bus Tracking

Buses are equipped with GPS, so riders can see if their bus is on schedule. [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "http://palmtran.org/". Retrieved 2008-08-14. External link in |title= ( help)
  2. ^ "Your Guide to Palm Tran's QUIK PASS & Fare Information" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-08-14.
  3. ^ http://www.pbcgov.com/infopoint/

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