Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 10:00 a.m. - April 22, 2014
REVISED April 22, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #46

"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-14-072 declaring April 25, 2014 as "Try Transit Day" and authorizing Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) to not collect fares for fixed route bus rides on April 25, 2014.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes 125

Background Discussion
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One Commuter Services Program is promoting April 25, 2014, 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 has also approved a resolution that allows for a "Try Transit Day" with free rides on April 25, 2014, so the interlined transit routes operated jointly by both systems will provide seamless connectivity. MCAT anticipates that this will cost no more than $2,382, based on Fixed Route/Long Boat Key Trolley Ridership Revenue for FY12/13.

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
$2,382; 435-0012000 Transit Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$2,282; One-time cost

Attachment:  Resolution R-14-072.pdf