All Volusia County municipalities have been invited to attend a public presentation June 24 at 6 p.m. hosted by the Volusia County Council on the service and funding challenges facing Votran, the county*s public transit system. The presentation will address Votran service levels and impact on city residents, fares, funding/partnerships with cities, and current and future challenges. The presentation followed by discussion will be held in the Volusia Room at Daytona International Airport.
Votran, the county*s public transit service, began in 1975 to serve the Daytona Beach area. As Volusia continued to urbanize, population growth supported an expansion of service. Today, Votran service is available countywide. The Votran family of services includes fixed-route bus service, beachside trolleys, express bus commuter service, dial-a-ride paratransit service and commuter assistance programs.
For the fifth consecutive year, Votran’s ridership increased, with fixed route ridership in fiscal year 2011-12 reaching nearly 3.6 million, 6 percent higher than the previous year. Votran*s adopted budget is approximately $20 million and is funded by federal and state grants, fares and $7.4 million from the county*s general tax fund.