Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 23, 2013
REVISED April 23, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #24

"Try Transit Day" with Free Fixed Route Bus Rides


Contact and/or Presenter Information

William Steele, Transit Manager, william.steele@mymanatee.org, 941-747-8621 Ext. 7440

Chad Fosnight, Senior Planner, chad.fosnight@mymanatee.org, 941-747-8621 Ext. 7622

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-13-072 declaring April 25, 2013, as "Try Transit Day" and authorizing Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) to not collect fares for fixed route bus rides on April 25, 2013.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes 125

Background Discussion

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One Commuter Services Program is promoting April 25, 2013, as "Try Transit Day." Transit agencies in FDOT District One are being asked to participate in the 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.

FDOT District One Commuter Services is assisting MCAT with promotion of "Try Transit Day" with website updates, press release, mailers, etc. MCAT staff anticipates working with others in the County to promote "Try Transit Day," including information at the County Government Showcase, to be held on April 24, 2013; distributing a press release; updating the MCAT website; and posting fliers on MCAT buses and at transit stations.

Sarasota County has also approved a resolution that allows for a "Try Transit Day" with free rides on April 25, 2013, so the interlined transit routes operated jointly by both systems will provide seamless connectivity.

Last year, the Board of County Commissioners approved R-12-072, authorizing free fares on April 19, 2012, which was also declared "Try Transit Day."

MCAT anticipates that this will cost no more than $2,380, based on data from this year's revenue and last year's revenue trends.

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 Chad Fosnight, chad.fosnight@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
$2,380; 435-0012000 Transit Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One-time cost through missed revenue

Attachment:  Resolution - Try Transit 2013.pdf
Attachment:  Manatee Transit Poster.pdf