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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Honorable Patricia M. Glass Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - December 10, 2019
December 10, 2019 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #66


Subject
Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Innovation and Service Development Grant Agreement

Briefings
None

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

Ryan.Suarez, Transit Planning Manager, Ryan.Suarez@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x 7622


Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-19-171 authorizing the Public Works Director to: 1.) Execute the State Fiscal Year 2019/20 Innovation and Service Development Grant Agreement with the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (FCTD) for the period January 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020, in the amount of $262,141; and 2.) Execute the TD Innovation and Service Development Program Standard Assurances form.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes Chapter 341; Chapter 427, Florida Statutes; Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code, 2019 Manatee County Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan


Background Discussion
  • The Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund is administered by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD), pursuant to Section 427.0159, Florida Statutes. The purpose of the Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) Trust Fund is to provide a dedicated funding source for the operational and planning expenses of the CTD in carrying out its legislative responsibilities. Funding from the CTD is provided to local agencies to provide transportation services for TD eligible persons.
  • In its role as the Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for Manatee County, Manatee County Government (MCG) coordinates TD trips to qualified sponsored and non-sponsored persons and provides TD door-to-door transportation service through the Transit Division/Handy Bus Program.
  • During the 2019 Florida Legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed, and Governor DeSantis approved, $10 million to be allocated to the Transportation Disadvantaged Trust Fund under Florida Senate Bill 7069. Senate Bill 7069 created the Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance Program (M-Cores).
  • The CS/SB 7069 TD Trust Fund allocation funds the CTD Innovation and Service Development program and that program is a competitive grant program for CTCs and Transportation Networking Companies (TNCs). The CTD staff has focused the discretionary funding on transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons living in more remote "rural" type areas.
  • On September 16, 2019, the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) awarded Manatee County Government $262,000 in discretionary CTD Innovation and Service Development grant funding for service to "rural" parts of the Manatee County Service Area, specifically service to and from Myakka/Duette.
  • The proposed Manatee County project responds to increasing demand in growing areas in the eastern part of the County. Demand for door-to-door transportation disadvantaged services continues to exist in those areas and staff  has managed TD program trip demand by restricting trips from Myakka and Duette to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. This grant will provide funding for service for TD eligible persons to the Myakka and Duette areas on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • The new service will be restricted to a limited geographic area and a narrow set of trip priorities. A limited geographic area will prevent the booking of excessively long trips for passengers and will assist in passenger multi-loading. In addition, establishment of a boundary will support efforts to deliver reliable service, control trip distances and travel times, and will help maintain adequate on-time performance levels. Lockwood Ridge Road and 48th Street Court East will serve as the westernmost boundary, University Parkway, will serve as the southernmost boundary, and SR 64 will serve as the northernmost boundary for all trip requests made from the Myakka/Duette area.
  • The designated service area includes a variety of activity centers including shopping centers, supermarkets, and major medical facilities and clinics. The Veterans Affairs office on SR 64 is also included in the service boundary, Consequently, the geographic area will give Myakka and Duette clients an ample number of trips surpass that can be accomplished during travel.
  • Trip priorities will continue to be acute medical care trips, except dialysis trips. Additional capacity will be used to accommodate work, shopping, and other life-sustaining activities. All dialysis trips from the Myakka/Duette area will continue to be performed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only. This will ensure consistency with established policy. The current Myakka/Duette dialysis transportation policy affords efficiency in trip scheduling and service operations and is important to maintain. In addition, the policy allows for more flexibility in scheduling transportation for a variety of trip purposes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • The new complement of transportation services afforded through the grant will assist the Transit Division in meeting the new Handy Bus weekday level of service. That level of service will increase from 350 to 375 and is proposed to begin January 2020 once newly budgeted operator positions are filled and those new operators have completed the Transit Division  new operator training program. However, the priority  for the enhanced level of service is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service operations.
  • Manatee County's total TD Innovation and Service Development Project budget is $291,268, which reflects a cost sharing of $262,141 in CTD funding (90%) and $29,127 in Manatee County funding (10%). The local share is in the current Handy Bus operating budget.
  • Resolution R-19-171 authorizes the Public Works Director to execute the State Fiscal Year 2019/20 Innovation and Service Development and sign the TD Innovation and Service Development Program Standard Assurances form. After the Grant Agreement is fully executed, the funding agreement remains in effect through June 30, 2020.


County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other


Reviewing Attorney
N/A

Instructions to Board Records
Please return two (2) copies of signed Resolution R-19-171 to Edrick Sweeting, Grants Administrator, Edrick.Sweeting@mymanatee.org, x7354, to be forwarded to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) for signature. A fully executed, signed Agreement will be forwarded to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) for signature. A fully executed, signed Agreement will be forwarded to Board Records upon return.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
435-0012100 Paratransit Operating $29,127 County Matching Funds; Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged $262,141.

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
N/A


Attachment:  CTD Standard Assurances Form.pdf
Attachment:  Manatee Innovation Grant112019.pdf
Attachment:  TD Resolution R-19-171.pdf