The ‘Extra Mile’ podcast produced by the Mississippi Department of Transportation recently interviewed Kevin Coggin (above, center) – the executive director of the Coast Transit Authority or CTA – about the state’s growing need for a variety of transit services.
[Above photo by the Mississippi DOT]
The CTA – which traces its foundation to the Mississippi Coast Transportation Authority, which began operation in 1972 following an act of the state legislature in 1970 – oversees bus, vanpool, and other transit services in areas along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast.
“We do a lot of things – fixed bus service, demand response service for seniors and people with disabilities, medical health care transport, and van pool transportation,” noted Coggin, who has been executive director of CTA since 2003. “Basically, whatever the community needs us to do, we try to position ourselves to do that.”
While Coast Transit Authority is an urban transportation system, it offers services across state lines in counties in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida.
“We don’t have geographic boundaries – we are a true, independent transportation service, set up like a public utility so we have a lot of flexibility in terms of what we can provide,” Coggin noted. To listen to the full interview, click here.