With some planning and experimentation, Manatee County residents and visitors can customize a reliable, inexpensive and enjoyable way to move around the area for work and recreation. By linking different methods of travel and varying the way you commute during the week, alternative commuting can save you a lot of time, money and stress.
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Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) is the major public transportation provider in Manatee County. Riding public transit saves fuel, money, reduces fossil fuel consumption and the carbon footprint and enhances the community by providing economic opportunities and driving community growth and revitalization. Find out everything you need to know about fares, bus routes and schedules at MCAT.
Download MCAT's Ride Guide
Bicycling is a great alternative to driving, especially if you live within 10 miles of your destination. It is less expensive than traveling by car and provides many health benefits. Check out these local bike shops:
- Ringling Bicycles 941-749-1442
- Ryder Bikes 941-756-5480
- Village Bikes 941-388-0550
- AMI Bike Rental 941-896-6422
- The Bike Shop 941-744-0400
Park & Ride Lots
Currently Manatee County does not have any Park & Ride lots but there is one located just south of the Manatee County border in downtown Sarasota at Lemon Avenue and 1st Street. There are several transfer stations if you are taking the Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT).
- Transfer Station: 4th Ave and US 41/US 301, Palmetto. Transit info: MCAT Local 1.
- Transfer Station: Southern Point of Coquina Beach. Transit info: MCAT Local 6, Beach Express.
- Transfer Station: US 301 and 1st St, Bradenton. Transit info: MCAT Local 2,6,8,16,99.
Rideshare / Carpooling
Carpooling is a convenient way for two or more commuters to share a ride to a nearby location. There are many rideshare matching sites where you can connect with those who need a ride or those who have a ride to offer. A good one for this area is Carpoolworld.com.
Manatee County Staff utilizes the Commuter Services Florida program. Parking locations for this program are located in the County Administration Parking garage on the first level of designated employee parking (4th level) nearest the elevator. For more information call 1-866-585-RIDE.
The advantages include:
- Savings on commuting costs
- Reduced wear and tear on your vehicle
- Possible reduced insurance premiums (check with your insurance agent)
- Lower parking costs
Walking is an ideal form of commuting to and from work if you live within five miles of your destination. Walking offers an opportunity to get in shape while commuting, greatly reduced commute costs, and improvement in overall attitude and morale. Employers benefit due to improved employee health and well-being, lowered stress in the workplace and reduced need for parking. The community benefits from improved air quality, reduced fuel consumption, and less highway congestion.
Telecommuting is when an employee works from a location other than the actual office of their employer - usually a home office. Telecommuting is well suited to positions where the employee has no direct contact with the public, and direct contact with co-workers is not required. Employees can be connected to the office via computer, fax or telephone.
Telecommuting benefits us all.
- Telecommuting can reduce the number of automobile trips employees take into work each week
- It reduces pollution as transportation represents over one-third of carbon dioxide emissions
- Reducing the number of commuters during rush hour also reduces the need for new roads, creates a safer commuting environment, and reduces road rage
- It can also reduce the amount of office and parking space needed by an employer allowing better use of facilities and land while reducing employer costs.
If you are a business or supervisor interested in exploring telework and alternate work schedules, check out this toolkit to identify what type of program might work best for you and to consider ways to implement telework and flex-schedules into your business model.