Bradenton Area Convention Center One Haben Boulevard, Palmetto - Longboat Key Room 9:00 a.m. - August 11, 2020
August 11, 2020 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #37

Presentation of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) Envision 2030 Regional Transit Development Plan (RTDP)


Contact and/or Presenter Information
William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7440

Jonathan Roberson, Transit Planning Section Manager, Jonathan.Roberson@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7622

Action Requested
Informational presentation-No action required.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Senate Bill 1672

Background Discussion
In 2017, the Florida Legislature reorganized TBARTA under Senate Bill (SB) 1672. The updated legislation changed the name and focus of the agency and reduced county memberships from seven to five (including Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, and Pinellas). With passage of this legislation, TBARTA is now a Regional Transit Authority.

In accordance with SB 1672, TBARTA is required to develop a Regional Transit Development Plan (RTDP). A draft of TBARTA's first RTDP, called Envision 2030, was released for public comment on May 1, 2020.

In late May, Manatee County Government (MCG) staff completed a review of the Envision 2030 RTDP and submitted comments regarding the draft plan to TBARTA planning staff. Upon review, Transit Division staff found several policy and funding recommendations in the draft RTDP that have significant negative impacts for MCG and other local transit agencies. Staff presented these findings to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) at their June 16, 2020 meeting.

Correspondence from the BCC was then transmitted to the TBARTA Board Chairperson which highlighted the BCC's concerns and objections regarding the (draft) 2030 Envision RTDP. Three major concerns were highlighted in this letter:
  • Major Area of Concern #1: The objection to TBARTA's proposed take-over of any regional services that MCG currently operates and funds, including the skyway ConneXion and potentially the Route 99.
  • Major Area of Concern #2: The objection to MCG relinquishing Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Designated Recipient Status to TBARTA.
  • Major Area of Concern #3:  The objection to TBARTA's proposal to receive 10-percent of MCG's annual State Transit Block Grant and associated Local Match funding.
In addition, a letter on behalf of the region's six (6) Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) was transmitted to TBARTA on June 17, 2020 highlighting  very similar concerns. All six MPOs are in agreement that TBARTA's future planning efforts should "grow the funding pie" for transit agencies in the region, rather than cut into or subdivide existing local transit agency revenues.

On June 22, 2020, the TBARTA Board adopted the Envision 2030 RTDP. On June 29, 2020, MCG staff received an email from TBARTA staff noting that the "Status QUO Scenario", which maintains current funding levels for TBARTA, and is the adopted position by their Board. In addition, TBARTA staff outlines how the adopted RTDP is revised to address MCG's areas of concern. The TBARTA Board Chairperson also forwarded a response letter which addresses the MCG areas of concern (i.e. the concerns addressed by the BCC at their June 16 , 2020 meeting).

The TBARTA consultant, Tindale Oliver will be presenting the latest updates with respect to the adopted Envision 2030 RTDP. In addition, TBARTA staff will be present to share comments and answer questions.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Envision 2030 Update Letter from TBARTA 6-9-20.pdf
Attachment:  Letter to TBARTA from BCC - Signed.pdf
Attachment:  MPO Letter to TBARTA RE RTDP June 2020.pdf
Attachment:  MCG Response Letter re Envision 2030 (003).pdf
Attachment:  envision-executive-summary_061220_final_update.pdf
Attachment:  Envision 2030 Summary Presentation - 06-24-20.pdf