Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 8, 2016
REVISED March 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #30

Voters ride MCAT for Free on Election Days


Contact and/or Presenter Information

William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621, x 7440

Chad Butzow, Public Works Deputy Director, Chad.Butzow@mymanatee.org, (941) 708-7432, x 7432

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-16-038 authorizing Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) to not collect fares for fixed route and select ADA paratransit bus rides on March 15, 2016, August 30, 2016, and November 8, 2016.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Code of Federal Regulations-49 CFR Part 604

Background Discussion

MCAT is proposing to allow voter's traveling to the polls to ride for free for the Presidential Preference Primary on March 15, 2016, the Primary Election on August 30, 2016, and the General Election on November 8, 2016. All riders of the fixed-route bus service would be allowed to board MCAT buses for free; however, regular buses and trolleys would not deviate from their established fixed-routes or schedules. The ADA paratransit eligible clients would also be able to ride for free by presenting their Voter ID Card when they board pre-scheduled (no same day requests) trips that start and/or end at designated polling locations.

The effort will demonstrate Manatee County's ongoing commitment to "getting the vote out" by promoting participation in the election process and helping members of the general public exercise their right to vote. In addition, the effort will also help raise the awareness of public transportation in the community. Promotional materials regarding the free rides will be posted on the County/MCAT website, on board buses, at established stations, in press releases, and at other information distribution outlets to help spread the word.

MCAT anticipates that this will cost $9,996 based on average daily ridership and the current average fare per trip passenger on fixed route bus service.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send signed copies of Resolution and 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
9,996;435-0012000 Transit Operations Amount

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
One-time cost

Attachment:  Voters Ride Free R-16-038.pdf