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Transportation Services Available for Veterans and Families

Veteran Transportation Service (VTS)
The Veteran Transportation Service (VTS) is a supplement to the existing transportation available for Veterans. The service is available for Veterans with special needs and for those who do not have available transportation to and from their appointments at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center (VAMC). VTS is available at no cost to the Veteran.

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • You must be a Veteran enrolled for VA Health Care benefits
    • You must have a scheduled and authorized medical appointment requiring travel

      NOTE: A Veteran may be accompanied by one caregiver, spouse, or family member
  • To Schedule Transportation with VTS, please contact your primary care provider, call (727) 398-6661 extension 15624 or email VHABAYTransportationInquiries@va.gov. All reservations must be made in advance (48 hours).

Volunteer Transportation Network (VTN)
VTN is a system of transportation operated by volunteers. This service is free of charge and is available to Veterans who do not have available transportation to and from their medical appointments at the Bay Pines VAMC or Bay Pines operated Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). 

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Enrolled in VA healthcare
    • Reservations must be made in advance, as volunteer drivers provide service.
  • To schedule transportation with VTN, please call one of the following dispatchers in your respective county:

 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Jim Carstairs
(941) 575-3670
FAX (941) 639-7279

HIGHLANDS COUNTY
Margaret Price
3760 US Hwy 27 South
Sebring, FL  33870
863-471-6227 Ext. 22697
FAX 863-471-6510

COLLIER COUNTY
Anne Cardenas
3301 Tamiami Tr E Bldg H
Naples, FL 34112
(239) 252-4826
(239) 252-2870 FAX

LEE COUNTY
Dale Kise
2489 Diplomat Pkwy
Cape Coral, FLl 33909
(239) 652-1800 Ext. 20366
or
William Danley (Fort Myers – Miami)
239-652-1800 Ext. 20069 

DESOTO COUNTY
Walter Heinlein
(863) 993-9670

SARASOTA/MANATEE
Leila Taylor
(941) 360-0827

HENDRY COUNTY
Robert (Bob) Schall
(863) 612-0300

Palm Harbor CBOC
Steve Tillotson
35209 U.S. Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
(727) 734-5276
Cell: (727) 432-3651

 


Are you interested in becoming a volunteer driver? Questions?  Call Charles Clark, Voluntary Service, at (727) 398-6661 extension 14686.

Transportation Help and Support

For general questions, help and support related to transportation, please call Cora Omari, Mobility Manager, at (727) 398-6661 x10308 or visit the mobility office located in building 2, room 357 at the Bay Pines VAMC.

City and County Transportation Resources

There are also several transportation options available in your local community. A list of helpful links is provided below. 

  • Charlotte County * (Port Charlotte CBOC)
    • Dial-A-Ride – curb to curb bus service
    • Sunshine Ride – door to door transportation service
  • Collier County * (Naples CBOC)
    • Collier Area Transit (CAT) – fixed route public transportation
    • Collier Area Paratransit System (CAP) – public transportation
    • Medicaid Transport (MTM) – non emergency medical transportation
    • LinC – A new route that will link Collier County and Lee County
  • Highlands, Desoto and Hardee Counties * (Sebring CBOC)
    • Veolia Transportation Service – Community Transportation Coordinator
  • Lee County *  (Lee County VA Healthcare Center)
    • Leetran –  local fixed route
    • Passport – paratransit service
    • Cape Coral Mini-Bus Service * - door to door transport service for transportation disadvantaged
  • Manatee County  * (Bradenton CBOC)
    • Local fixed routes
    • Handy Bus – Transportation disadvantaged
    • Veteran transportation to Bay Pines VAMC and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (Tampa)
  • Pinellas County * ( Bay Pines VAMC, Saint Petersburg CBOC, and Palm Harbor CBOC)
    • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA)
    • Local fixed route ( Bay Pines VAMC – Route 18)
    • Transportation Disadvantage Program – reduced cost transportation for residents who qualify
    • Demand Response Transportation (DART) -  public transportation for people who, because of their disability, are unable to independently use PSTA fixed route system
  • Sarasota County * (Sarasota CBOC)
    • Local fixed routes
    • SCAT Plus – transportation for the disadvantaged
    • Transportation for Veterans to Bay Pines VAMC and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Other Helpful Resources

 

* Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites. The link will open in a new window.