Ambitrans began operations in 1983 with one vehicle
providing wheelchair and non-emergency stretcher van transportation in the
Charlotte County area. Its primary customers were individuals requiring
specialized transportation to and from medical facilities.
In 1988, Ambitrans was purchased by Grant Medical
Transportation, Inc. Under its new owners, Michael and Lorraine Grant, Ambitrans
continued to grow and, in the fall of 1990, expanded service by purchasing two
used ambulances which allowed it to start doing BLS/ALS interfacility
The spring of 1997 saw Ambitrans enter into an
agreement with Bon Secours-St Joseph Health Care System in which Ambitrans
staffs, maintains, and dispatches three vehicles owned by the system to provide
courtesy transportation for wheelchair bound and ambulatory clients.
Further growth followed over the next several years,
until July of the year 2000 when Ambitrans expanded into neighboring Sarasota
County with the purchase of Venice Ambulance Service. This effectively doubled
the number of ambulances on the road and allowed Ambitrans to provide
transportation service to Charlotte, De Soto, Lee, Hendry and Sarasota Counties.
Later in that same year, Ambitrans entered an
agreement with Charlotte County in which Ambitrans would staff and dispatch the
buses used for the countyís "Dial-a-Ride" public transit system.
In September, 2002, Ambitrans purchased a Sarasota
based wheelchair transportation company called "Geneís Freedom
Transport" which was also assimilated into the Ambitrans family.
The fall of 2002 also saw Ambitrans further expand
itís coverage area southward into Lee and Collier Counties with the
establishment of a base in Fort Myers.