Votran History

The Volusia County Council created Volusia County’s public transportation system, called Votran, in 1975. Votran is a service of Volusia County Government. Votran provides transportation to all urban areas of the county with a fleet of 56 revenue-producing fixed route buses, 44 paratransit vehicles, and a commuter van pool program.

  • 1975  Votran is created by the Volusia County Council. Fixed Route is provided throughout the Greater Daytona Beach Area.  
  • 1975  East Volusia Transportation District began operations Sept. 2 with 28 buses covering 14 routes in the Daytona Beach Area. 
  • 1993  Votran’s new transfer terminal is opened in downtown Daytona Beach.
  • 1993 – The County Council votes to expand Votran service to other urban areas of the county. Votran’s taxing district is expanded countywide and is designated as the Community Transportation Coordinator.
  • 1994  Votran expands service in the Greater Daytona Beach Area to include Sundays.
  • 1994  Votran’s look is modernized with the adoption of new color schemes and the marketing slogan, “We drive a great bargain.”
  • 1994  Votran assumes operation of the countywide paratransit service formerly provided by the Council on Aging. This service is renamed Votran Gold.
  • 1994  Votran begins West Volusia service to include DeLand, Orange City, Deltona and DeBary.
  • 1995  Votran begins connector service between West Volusia and the Greater Daytona Beach Area.
  • 1996 – Votran begins Southeast Volusia service to include New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater with a connector to Port Orange (Greater Daytona Beach Area).
  • 1998  Votran dedicated a new Mobility Management Center (administration and operations center) on Big Tree Road in South Daytona.
  • 1998  Votran begins Volusia/downtown Orlando I-4 Express Link, a regional partnership between Votran/LYNX, with five buses in a.m. and p.m.
  • 1999  Votran introduces Guaranteed Ride Home to Commuter Assistance program.
  • 1999 – Votran host the State Paratransit Rodeo
  • 2000  Votran begins Beach Tram service in Daytona Beach tourism district.
  • 2000  Votran begins Stow & Go bicycle/passenger program.
  • 2000  Votran begins service to Northwest Volusia County.
  • 2000  Votran opens new Intermodal Transportation Facility in Daytona Beach. Human Resources Annual report Information.docx
  • 2001 – Votran hosts the State of Florida Mega (Fixed Route) Operations and Maintenance Bus Roadeo.
  • 2002  Night Service begins/ Beach Tram discontinued.
  • 2002  Beachside Speedway Express service begins operating from ITF.
  • 2003  Votran introduced www.votran.org so customers could have access to information 24/7
  • 2004 – Votran hosts the State of Florida Mega (Fixed Route) Operations and Maintenance Bus Roadeo.
  • 2005  Route 60 expands to Saturdays.
  • 2005 – New maps/schedules were designed.
  • 2006 – Votran hosts the State Paratransit Roadeo.
  • 2007 – Votran initiated major technological improvements, including automatic locators, automated fare boxes, digital camera security systems, and electronic route information signs at the major transfer centers.
  • 2007 – Votran initiates going “green” concept.
  • 2008 – Votran opens the State of Florida Regional Training Facility.
  • 2008 – Votran acquires nine 35’ and two 30’ new fixed route Gillig buses.
  • 2008 – Votran discontinues service for Medicaid trips.
  • 2009  Votran saw leadership change from Lois Bollenback to Ken Fischer as General Manager.
  • 2009  Votran Earth Green Day; free ride with green shirt.
  • 2009 – Votran hosted the State Paratransit Roadeo.
  • 2009 – Votran received eight new Paratransit Vehicles.
  • 2009 – Votran received three new Service Vehicles.
  • 2009 – Votran participated in Hybrid Demo Project.
  • 2009 – Votran was called upon to help flood victims of Daytona Beach in May.
  • 2009  Votran was big part of the Oak Hill food drive for their community center.
  • 2010  Votran initiated new service involving a loop around the cities of Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach and beachside.
  • 2010  Votran hosted the State Paratransit Roadeo.
  • 2010  Votran introduced nine fixed route and seven paratransit hybrid buses to its fleet.
  • 2010  Votran initiated the first flex service schedule in southeast Volusia County.
  • 2011  Votran hosted first ever State Triple Crown Roadeo.
  • 2012  Votran worked with Orange City to develop and build a new garage for the western county buses that were parked in a temporary garage in Osteen.
  • 2012  Votran worked with Volusia County, Lynx and the State of Florida on the establishment of the new SunRail train line that will connect Orlando to tDeBary. A new bus route is being planned to connect passengers from this station to Votran’s routes on the west side of the county, with continuation to the east side of the county.
  • 2012 – Votran worked with the City of New Smryna Beach to establish a permanent parking area to connect the flex service passenger buses to bus service to the Edgewater and Daytona Beach area.
  • 2014 – Votran launched Westside Volusia connecting bus service to the SunRail DeBary Station.
  • 2014  Votran opened the West Volusia Maintenance Facility Sept. 19 to reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies.
  • 2014  MyStop Mobile iphone app was introduced.
  • 2014  Text "Vo to Go" for live schedule information from any phone with message capability
  • 2014  Routes 3 and 4 service on U.S. Hwy. 1 frequency improved to 30 minutes  with FDOT Corridor funding.
  • 2014  New website was launched with interactive rider tools for trip planning and live schedule information.
  • 2014  Google Transit was implemented for trip planning from votran.org or Google Maps.
  • 2014  Votran increased fares to help offset substantially higher operating costs.  
  • 2015  Votran celebrated its 40th service anniversary.
  • 2015  Propane vehicles were acquired for paratransit service.
  • 1984 – County Achievement Award for the Accident Review Committee from the National Association of Counties
  • 1986 – State Bus Rodeo Second Place from Jacksonville Transportation Authority
  • 1987 – County Achievement Award of Progressive Discipline Policy From the National Association of Counties
  • 1992 – Unit Safety Award, Most Improved, Group II from Florida Transit Association
  • 1992 – Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Award from the Volusia Council of Governments
  • 1993 – Unit Safety Award, Most Improved, Group II from Florida Transit Association
  • 1993 – Public Transportation System Outstanding Achievement Award from American Public Transit Association, East Volusia Transportation Authority
  • 1993 – Achievement Award for ADA Task Force from National Association of Counties
  • 1994 – Unit Safety Award, Most Improved, Group B from Florida Transit Association
  • 1996 – Unit Safety Award, First Place, Group B from Florida Transit Association
  • 1996 – 1997 Community Patient Service Award Awarded to Votran from the American Cancer Society
  • 1996 – Florida Design Art Award for Votrans Bus Transfer Facility from Secretary of State Sandra B. Mortham of Florida Arts Council on Behalf of the Citizens of the State of Florida
  • 1997 – Unit Safety Award, First Place, Group B from Florida Transit Association
  • 1997 – Urban CTC of the Year from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
  • 1998 – Unit Safety Award, Second Place, Group B from Florida Transit Association
  • 1989 – Blue Springs Manatee Festive, Volusia Transit Authority
  • 1992 – Ground Breaking Golden Shovel Award for the Transfer Terminal
  • 1993 – Best Commercial Building, Votran Bus Terminal from Peck & Associates Construction
  • 1993 – Florida Council of the Blind, Meritorious Service with Local Chapter Award
  • 1997 – Above & Beyond Corporate Award, Exceptional Dedication to Our Cause Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Central Florida Chapter
  • 1998 – The American Red Cross honored Votran for its "generous donation of a blood donor shuttle bus to support the collection of vital lifesaving blood products for area hospital patients." 
  • 1999 – Unit Safety Award, second place, Group B, from Florida Transit Association
  • 1999 – State Rodeo, first place, Engine Award
  • 1999 – Dedication and Service Award presented to Votran by the Handicapped Adults of Volusia County
  • 1999 – Florida Travel Choice Award from Florida Department of Transportation
  • 1999 – State Rodeo, third place award to Team Maintenance
  • 1999 – Paratransit Rodeo Votran Staff & Management Hosts of 1999 Rodeo for Your Hard Work & Commitment
  • 1999-2003 – Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust awarded to Volusia Transit Management as a charter nember of the Preferred Governmental Insurance Trust Program
  • 2000 – Unit Safety Award, first place, Group B from Florida Transit Association
  • 2000 – Bus Mechanic of the Year first runner up awarded to Rick Kazawitch from the Florida Transit Association
  • 2000 – The Best Daytona Beach Tourism Award for A1A Trolley Service
  • 2001 – Unit Safety Award, second place, Group B, from Florida Public Transportation Association
  • 2001 – Driver of the Year, Evett “Doc” Wilson” from Florida Transportation Association
  • 2001 – The Best Daytona Beach Tourism Award for A1A Trolley Service
  • 2001-2002 – Serving Today for a Better Tomorrow Award from the Port Orange & South Daytona Chamber of Commerce
  • 2002 – Unit Safety Award, second place, group B, from Florida Public Transportation Association
  • 2002 – Dispatcher / Scheduler of the Year, Edie Biro from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, State of Florida
  • 2002 – Paratransit Bus Operator of the Year, Betty “BJ” Crooms from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, State of Florida
  • 2002 – Above & Beyond in Special Needs Awarded to Sue Smeltzer from Sure-Lok Safe & Secure
  • 2002 – Mega Rodeo, First Place Written Test & Maintenance Awarded to Bus Operators & Maintenance Employees from the State of Florida
  • 2002 - Mega Rodeo, Third Place Overall & Maintenance Awarded to Bus Operators & Maintenance Employees from the State of Florida
  • 2003 – Unit Safety Award, Second Place, Group II from Florida Public Transportation Association
  • 2003-2004 – Changing Lives Award from United Way
  • 2003-2004 – Star of the Campaign Extraordinary Commitment to the United Way Award
  • 2004 – Unit Safety Award, First Place of a Mid-Size System fro the Florida Public Transportation Association
  • 2004 – State Rodeo, Rookie of the Year Award to Keith Smith
  • 2004 – State Rodeo, Highest Maintenance Air Board Score Awarded to John Foderaro, Kenneth Traher & James Bosco
  • 2004 – State Rodeo, Property Participation Award Awarded to John Foderaro, Kenneth Traher, James Bosco & Keith Smith
  • 2004 – State Rodeo, Overall Maintenance second place awarded to John Foderaro, Kenneth Traher & James Bosco
  • 2004  Volusia County Schools presented Votran a Volunteer / Partnership Programs Award for its "commitment to the education of our students."
  • 2004 – State Rodeo, Operators & Maintenance Property Participation Award from Florida Public Transportation Association & Florida Department of Transportation
  • 2005  Volusia County Schools presented Votran a Volunteer / Partnership Programs Award for its "commitment to the education of our students."
  • 2005 – Award of Appreciation of Votran Bus Services from the Daytona Beach Junior League
  • 2005 – Florida Rodeo, Second Place Maintenance
  • 2005 – Award of Excellence, Radio Class One, Florida Public Transportation Association 31st Annual Conference, Sanibel, Florida
  • 2005 – Florida State Rodeo, “Power Train Champ”
  • 2006 – Outstanding Coordinating Board of the Year Award from the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Volusia County Coordinating Board
  • 2006  Volusia County Schools presented Votran a Volunteer / Partnership Programs Award for its "commitment to the education of our students."
  • 2006 – Mechanic of the Year First Runner Up Awarded to John Foderaro from the Florida Public Transportation Association
  • 2006 – Award of Excellence Competition Certificate for the Citized Education of Rx: Commutus Liberatus Campaign from NACIO
  • 2006 – Certificate of Appreciation Awarded to Votran In Recognition of Serving as a Valuable Contributor to Volusia County MPO’s Second Annual Safety Awareness Day
  • 2006  Friend of the League, Women Building Better Communities Award from the Junior League of Daytona Beach
  • 2007  Volusia County Schools presented Votran a Volunteer / Partnership Programs Award for its "commitment to the education of our students."
  • 2007 – The Florida Preservation Award In Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Restoration / Rehabilitation of the DeLand Train Station from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc.
  • 2008 – Ken Fischer is awarded the William G. Bell Lifetime Achievement Award by the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.
  • 2008  Volusia County Schools presented Votran a Volunteer / Partnership Programs Award for its "commitment to the education of our students."
  • 2009 – Rick Kazawitch was honored by Volusia County Council for developing the specifications for new Paratransit buses.
  • 2009  Robert Davenport was awarded The Helping Hands Award from Council on Aging.
  • 2009 – Bernard Huggins received the National Safety Council Southeast Regional Best Safe Driver of the Year Award and was honored by the Volusia County Council.
  • 2009 – Evett (Doc) Wilson received Safe Driver of the Year Award of Honor from the National Safety Council and was honored by the Volusia County Council.
  • 2009 – Nathaniel Flynt received Safe Driver of the Year Award of Honor from the National Safety Council and was honored by the Volusia County Council.
  • 2010 – Bill Mayer was selected to be the spotlight feature in the RTAP Bulletin.
  • 2010 – Bernard Huggins was named the Florida Transportation Association 2010 Operator of the Year.
  • 2011  Maintenance Department takes highest scores for I/O Controls and third place overall Maintenance in the State Triple Crown Roadeo.
     
  • 2011 – Votran wins several awards during the FPTA annual conference, including:
    • Second runner-up Safety Award from the FPTA.
    • John McDermott wins second runner-up for Operator of the Year
    • Ffirst place for the Most Innovative Project for its “Go Green Project”
       
  • 2012  Votran wins several awards from McDonald Transit Company including:
    • Second place SafeService Award for the Highest Increase in Paratransit Trips for 2010
    • Third place Over 1 Million Passenger Service Award for highest increase in fixed route passenger trips in 2011
       
  • 2012  Votran Maintenance Team wins several awards at the Florida State Roadeo including:
    • First place for Maintenace Team Overall
    • Highest Cummins ISL Engine Score
    • Highest Detroit Diesel Engine Score and Highest I/O Controls Score
       
  • 2012  Votran Fixed Route Operator wins for Highest Operator Written Test Score at the Florida State Roadeo.
     
  • 2012 – Votran Paratransit Operator wins ‘Above and Beyond Award’ at the State of Florida Paratransit Roadeo.
  • 2012 – Votran received three awards at the FPTA conference and expo:

    • Operator of the Year for Janet Kisner

    • Bus Safety Award, third place . his award acknowledges transit agencies for "the promotion and encouragement of safety throughout their community."

    • Innovation and Creativity Award for Votran’s Trolley Partnership Pass Program. This award acknowledges transit agencies for "demonstrating innovative and creative concepts in effective problem solving techniques."
  • 2013  FPTA Employee Communications Award This award acknowledges transit agencies for their efforts to inform, educate, motivate or reward employees. Votran was selected for this award for our entry of the “Diversitree” display that was created as a way to celebrate diversity in the workplace.

  • 2013  Bus Operations / Maintenance Roadeo.  Votran Mechanics John Foderaro and Scott Groth represented Votran in the Florida Public Transit Association annual maintenance roadeo and took first place in the both the Airboard event and the Cummins Engine event 

  • 2013  Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged 2013 Driver of the Year. Votran’s own Stewart Wood was selected as the 2013 Driver of the Year from among nominations submitted statewide.

  • 2013  Evett "Doc" Wilson was awarded by the National Safety Council for safe driving. He is the first Votran operator to reach the 3 million mile safety mark.    

  • 2014  Votran Scheduler Williams Reynolds received the State of Florida Dispatcher/Scheduler of the Year from the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Dispatcher.

  • 2014  Votran hosted the second Triple Crown Roadeo.

  • 2014 – Votran wins the FPTA “Best In Class” Online Communication/Social Media Website.

  • 2014 – Votran Fixed Route Operator Bernard Huggins attains 3 million miles of safe driving from the National Safety Council

  • 2015  Steven Sherrer, Votran’s general manager, was elected vice chair of the Florida Public Transportation Association’s board of directors. 

  • 2015  Votran wins four awards at the FPTA annual conference:

    • Bus Safety Excellence Gold Award 

    • People's Choice Award for marketing campaign in Aging Tree

    • Scott Groth, second place, Technician of the Year 

    • Doc Wilson, second place, Bus Operator of the Year

  • 2016  Daytona Beach News Journal "40 under 40" awarded Steve Sherrer as Young Local Government Professional of the Year