Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 4, 2017
REVISED April 4, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #50

"Try Transit Day" with Free Fixed Route Bus Rides - April 21, 2017


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-17-039 declaring April 21, 2017, as "Try Transit Day" and authorizing Manatee County Area Transit Area (MCAT) to offer free fixed route bus rides on April 21, 2017.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes 125

Background Discussion

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One Commuter Services Program is promoting April 21,2017, as "Try Transit Day" and the 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.

The Public Works/Transit Division staff looks forward to working with others in Manatee County to promote "Try Transit Day" by updating the Transit portion of the County's website and posting flyers on the buses and at Transit Stations and transfer points.

Sarasota County will also be approving a resolution that allows for a "Try Transit Day" with free rides on April 21, 2017, so the interlined transit routes operated jointly by both County-operated transit systems will provide seamless connectivity.

The Public Works/Transit Division anticipates that this free-fare event will cost no more than $3,219.00, based upon Fixed Route Farebox Revenue in FY 15/16.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send signed copy of 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
$3,219.00; 435-0012000 Transit Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One-time cost

Attachment:  Try Transit Day R-17-039.pdf