Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - August 22, 2017
REVISED August 22, 2017 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #31

New College Universal Access Program Agreement Extension


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

Action Requested
  1. Authorize the County Administrator to execute a one (1) year extension to the Universal Access Program Agreement with New College of Florida; and
  2. Authorize the Public Works Director, or designee, to execute all future U-Pass renewals/extensions (current agreements include New College of Florida, Ringling College, and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee).

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes, Chapter 341

Background Discussion

The subject Universal Access Program (i.e. U-Pass Program) agreement was executed on July 12, 2016, and involves three parties; New College of Florida, Manatee County, and Sarasota County. The agreement allows New College students, faculty, and employees to ride public transit fixed-route/fixed-schedule service for free when presenting a valid New College issued photo identification when boarding. A lump sum annual fee is paid to Manatee and Sarasota Counties to cover fare revenue; and the lump sum fee is revisited annually to address ridership volume and revenue implications. The fee is $5,000 for both Sarasota and Manatee counties ($10,000 combined total) during the initial term of the agreement (August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017).

Per the terms of the agreement, Section 4-Term., the County Administrators for Sarasota and Manatee County, and the President of New College, may extend the agreement for two (2) additional one (1) year periods following the initial term, provided that New College, MCAT, and SCAT initially confer/agree to the extension in writing.

At this time, all parties, including Sarasota County and New College, are ready to approve the Universal Access Program Agreement renewal for a one year period, consistent with the terms outlined in the original agreement. To simplify the renewal process in the future, staff is also requesting that the Board authorize the Public Works Director, or designee, to execute all future U-Pass program agreement renewals and extensions. This will facilitate the timely execution of program renewals/extensions. Any new agreements would still require approval by the Board of County Commissioners.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
The original agreement, executed on July 12, 2016, was reviewed by the County Attorney's office.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Three signed, original copies of each agreement extension are needed. Please call Ryan Suarez, Transit Division Planning Manager, at ext. 7622 when the agreements are signed. He will pick up the signed agreements and deliver them to Sarasota County.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
435001200-Transit Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  MCAT SCAT NCF Agreement Extension (08-02-17).pdf
Attachment:  UPass New College 2016.pdf