Transportation Services for Veterans | VA Bay Pines Healthcare

There are several free and paid transportation services available to veterans and their families if transportation is needed for scheduled appointments at your local VA health care center.

About VTS Services

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

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be a veteran registered for VA health care benefits
  • You must have a scheduled and authorized medical appointment requiring travel

REMARK: A veteran may be accompanied by a caregiver, spouse or family member

Organize a trip with VTS

To schedule transportation with VTS, please contact your primary care provider, call 727-398-6661 ext. 15624, or email [email protected] Transport appointment must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance to make sure a seat is reserved for you.

Voluntary Transport Network (VTN)

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

Eligibility criteria

  • Enrolled in VA Healthcare
  • Reservations must be made in advance, as volunteer drivers provide the service.

Organize a race with VTN

To schedule transportation with VTN, please call one of the following dispatchers in your respective county:

CHARLOTTE COUNTY
Joseph (Joe) Oster
16 Circle of bunkers
West Rotunda, FL 34287
612-807-7422

HIGHLANDS COUNTY
Tully Denis
401 Schumacher
Sebring, Florida 33872
863-471-6227 Ext. 22697
863-287-6448

COLLIER COUNTY
Eliud ‘Pico’ Torres
2705 ​​Horseshoe Drive South
Naples, Florida 34104
239-252-4826
239-652-1800 Ext. 20551

LEE COUNTY
Eliud ‘Pico’ Torres
2489 Diplomat East Pkwy
Cape Coral, FL 33909
239-652-1800 Ext. 20551

DESOTO COUNTY
Walter Heinlein
3864 NW Southford Rd.
Arcadia, FL 34266
863-993-9670 or 727-709-6656

SARASOTA/MANATEE
Catherine Turner
5682 Bee Ridge Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34233
727-458-3025

HENDRY COUNTY
David Abney, Sr VSO
Box 2340
LaBelle, FL 33975
863-599-8286
863-612-0300 (AVD)

PALM PORT
Steve Tillotson
35209 US Highway 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
727-734-5276 or 727-475-8938
Cell: 727-432-3651

PINELLAS COUNTY
Codie Johnson (volunteer service)
Bay Pines VA Health System
10000 Bay Pines Blvd., zip code 135
Bay Pines, Florida 33744
727-368-6661 Ext. 14686
Cell: 727-276-9992

City and county transportation resources

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

  • Charlotte County * (CBOC of Port Charlotte)
    • Charlotte County Transit – curb-to-curb transit service
    • Transportation program for disadvantaged people – curb-to-curb transportation service
  • Collier County * (CBOC of Naples)
    • Collier Area Transit (CAT) – fixed-route public transportation
    • Collier Area Paratransit System (CAP) – public transit
    • Medicaid Transport (MTM) – non-emergency medical transport
    • LinC – A new road that will connect Collier County and Lee County
  • Highlands, Desoto and Hardee Counties * (CBOC of Sebring)
    • Veolia Transportation Service – Community Transportation Coordinator
  • Lee County * (Lee County Virginia Health Care Center)
    • Leetran – local fixed route
    • Passport – paratransit service
    • Cape Coral Mini-Bus Service* – door-to-door transport service for disadvantaged transport
  • manatee county * (CBOC of Bradenton)
    • Local fixed routes
    • Handy Bus – Disadvantaged transport
    • Transportation of veterans 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 Transportation 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, due to their disability, cannot independently use the PSTA fixed route system
  • Sarasota County* (CBOC of Sarasota)
    • Local fixed routes
    • SCAT Plus – transport for disadvantaged people
    • Transportation of Veterans to Bay Pines VAMC and James A. Haley Veterans Hospital

Other Veteran Shuttle Services

Other veteran-specific transportation services, including buses, shuttles, and wheelchair-accessible transportation, are available to patients. We offer a free shuttle service at our main campus in Bay Pines to help veterans and their escorts from parking lots to any of our campus buildings.

Main building
Bay Pines Campus Map
Questions: Voluntary service 727-398-6661 ext. 14686

For general transportation questions, help and support, please call the contact below.

Contact:
John Stickney, Mobility Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 727-398-6661 ext. 12166

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