The Coast Transit Authority is a nonprofit provider of public transportation for various cities in Mississippi, including Gulfport, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gautier and Pascagoula. It is an independently managed public utility that is governed by a board of commissioners. The Coast Transit Authority is the designated recipient of state and federal funding for urban transportation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. It provides fixed-route, paratransit and special services. Its contracted services include programs that provide transportation for senior citizens to attend senior citizen centers, grocery shopping, medical appointments and field trips; transportation for area nursing homes; and transportation for persons with disabilities to attend work centers and field trips.