MCAT asks for public feedback to improve route efficiencies

  • May 5, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 5, 2016) – Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) riders and the public have a chance to shape the future of public transit this summer as planners receive feedback on proposed service modifications that will improve public transit services throughout Manatee.

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  Manatee residents and MCAT riders can provide feedback a number of different ways. First, an online survey has been posted to an area of the MCAT website here. Second, public workshops will be held later this month to gather input near key MCAT routes: The public can give feedback on Mon., May 16 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in the first floor chambers of the Manatee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W.; and a second public workshop opportunity will be held Wed., May 18 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in the Palmetto City Hall Council Chambers, 516 8th Ave. W.

 

MCAT representatives will pass out flyers to riders at all MCAT Transfer Stations next week to let people know about the upcoming workshops and the online survey. Flyers posted this week on MCAT buses have already alerted riders to the proposed changes and the opportunities for participation and feedback on the proposals.

 

“We’re working on optimizing existing services, thereby improving service frequencies for core network routes,” says Ryan Suarez, Transit Planning Manager. “We’re serving up a menu of proposed changes that will include more frequency on key routes.” 

For example, one proposal would increase the frequency of MCAT routes traveling along Manatee Avenue (Route 3) from once an hour to once every 30 minutes. Similar changes are suggested in Palmetto, for Route 6 which runs along Cortez Road, and for Route 99 which serves the US Highway 41 corridor.

 

To optimize service frequencies on the core network of routes, Suarez said MCAT is also recommending some service reductions for routes or even elimination of specific bus trips with fewer riders, such as eliminating Saturday service along Route 9 which serves 26th Street West and beginning service on the Anna Maria Island Trolley at 8 a.m. instead of the current 6 a.m. schedule.

 

All public feedback will be compiled and taken into consideration by MCAT staff and then presented by staff to the County Commissioners this summer. The approved route modifications would begin this fall.

 

“We want people to come out and review these proposals and tell us what they think,” Suarez said. “We’re trying to improve operating efficiency, improve the core route network, and bolster ridership. To do this properly, input from affected riders is very important and key to successful implementation.”

 

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