Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 7, 2015
April 7, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #19

"Try Transit Day" with Free Fixed Route Bus Rides


Contact and/or Presenter Information
William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7440.
Chad Butzow, Public Works Deputy Director, Chad Butzow@mymanatee.org, (941) 708-7432 x7432.

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-15-038 declaring April 22, 2015, as "Try Transit Day" and authorizing Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) to not collect fares for fixed route bus rides on April 22, 2015, and inter-county routes on April 25, 2015.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes 125

Background Discussion
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One Commuter Services Program is promoting April 22, 2015, as "Try Transit Day." Transit agencies in FDOT District One are being asked to participate in this event. "Try Transit Day" is designed to promote not only the use of Public Transportation, but also alternative travel modes that contribute towards improving air quality, reducing traffic congestion, promoting health and physical fitness, and reducing energy consumption. MCAT staff looks forward to working with others in Manatee County to promote "Try Transit Day" and National County Government month (April) by updating the MCAT website and posting fliers on the buses and at the Transit stations. Sarasota County will honor Manatee County's "Try Transit Day" with free rides on April 22, 2015, on the interlined transit routes operated jointly by both systems for seamless connectivity. However, Sarasota County is promoting ridership to the Beaches and will offer free "Try Transit" rides on Saturday April 25th; the interlined routes which service both counties will therefore be free fare as well on this date. MCAT anticipates that free fares will cost no more than $4500 based on Fixed Route/Longboat Key Trolley Ridership levels for FY 13/14.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send signed Resolution and a copy of the minutes to William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, and Chad Butzow, Public Works Deputy Director, Chad.Butzow@mymanatee.org.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$4500; 435-0012000 Transit Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$4500; One-Time cost

Attachment:  RESOLUTION R-15-038 Try Transit Day April 22 2015.pdf