Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 6, 2014
May 6, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #41

MCAT Public Transit Service Development Project Proposal


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Ron Schulhofer, Public Works Director, ron.schulhofer@mymanatee.org, (941) 708-7480

William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-7621 x7440

Action Requested
Authorization for the Chairman to sign and submit cover letter and accompanying project proposal for Route 3 Service Development Project Proposal in response to the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, Modal Development Office Request for Proposals.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes 125, Sections 341.05 and 334.048(3)

Background Discussion

The Public Transit Service Development Program (hereinafter referred to as the Service Development Program) was enacted by the Florida Legislature to provide initial funding for special projects that improve or expand public transit. Service Development Projects are subject to specified terms of duration, but no more than three (3) years. The State funding participation requires a 50/50 share of operating costs by the grant recipient.

On April 1, 2014, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) staff received notice from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, Modal Development Office, of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligible applicants to apply for State Discretionary Transit Program, Service Development Program grants. The funding for the grant programs is contingent on future legislative appropriations for State Fiscal Year 2015/2016.

MCAT has prepared a Service Development Project Proposal for Route 3. County funding has not yet been budgeted for this proposal, but would be required starting in Fiscal Year 2015/2016, if selected.

Route 3 provides line-haul, cross-county bus service along State Road 64 from just west of Interstate 75 to Manatee County Public Beach. Service currently runs Monday through Saturday, from 5:00 AM to 7:55 PM, every 60 minutes. Annual ridership on Route 3 is approximately 190,000. This makes Route 3 the most popular route in terms of ridership, after the Anna Maria Island Trolley and Route 99, which currently have service frequencies of 20 and 30 minutes, respectively. The Service Development grant would allow for Route 3 to provide 30 minute service frequency during off-peak periods from approximately 9 AM to 3 PM during weekdays. This would allow for improved bus service on a major travel corridor.

Service Development is being requested from FDOT for a three (3) year period, beginning in Fiscal Year 2015/2016. The request is for a total of $298,545, over the three year period, or $99,515 per year. This amount is the FDOT half of the estimated 3 year operating costs of the service expansion. The program will require Manatee County to share 50% of the operating costs, $99,515 per year. Two additional buses are required for weekday service and the fleet is currently sufficient to accommodate added service.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send signed letter, including the attachment, and a copy of the minutes to William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7440

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
50% of operating cost, $99,515 annually during the 3 year grant, should the grant be approved and accepted by the Board, 435-001200 Transit Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
If proposal is selected, funds would be budgeted for FY2015-2016

Attachment:  MC Serv Dev Proj Proposal May 6 2014.pdf
Attachment:  Route 3 Project Proposal May 6 2014.pdf