Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - March 8, 2016
REVISED March 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #36

FY 2015-2016 Joint Participation Agreements for State Transit Service Development Program


Contact and/or Presenter Information

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

Chad Butzow, P.E., Public Works, Deputy Director, Chad.Butzow@mymanatee.org  (941)708-7450, x 7432

Action Requested
Adopt Resolution R-16-037 and authorize the Chairperson to execute the Fiscal Year 2015/2016 Joint Participation Agreements (JPAs) for State Service Development Grant Program Funding. There are two funding agreements with the Florida Department Grant Program Funding for a combined total funding amount of $685,791; Contract Nos. G0720 and G0707, FPID Nos. 435213-1-84-01 and 436927-1-84-01.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 341, Florida Statutes, Florida Administrative Code, Plan 6.0 Mass Transit Element, and Manatee Connect, the Transit Development Plan (TDP) major update adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on September 24, 2013.

Background Discussion
  • A work session with the Board was held on February 16, 2016, to discuss an option to allow the county to accept a FDOT grant to enhance service on Route 3 of the fixed route transit system.  This option would utilize targeted modifications/reductions to current routes to provide resources to be used as the county's match for the grant.
  • Staff has reviewed the draft Joint Participation Agreements (JPAs) and is comfortable with the agreements. We anticipate the finalized JPAs will be available March 5, 2016, and will be added to the agenda.  Should we not receive the final JPAs from FDOT we will defer this item to the next Board of County Commissioners meeting.
  • The draft  JPAs came to the Transit Division as an email attachment/PDF for staff review; and staff found the Scope for each agreement conforms to what the Board previously approved when the original grants applications were submitted for FDOT Service Development Program funding consideration.  Each JPA includes “boilerplate” provisions (i.e., Section 5310 funding, Block Grant Operating Assistance and the Urban Corridor Program funding for the Anna Maria Island/AMI Trolley). A comparative staff review of FDOT  boilerplate indicates that the Audit Section was expanded and Section 24.00 Inspector General Cooperation was added. Otherwise, the FDOT boilerplate remains the same. The “FDOT boilerplate” language is reviewed periodically by the County Attorney’s Office to ensure the consistency of FDOT funding/grant agreements.

  • The Public Transit Service Development Program was enacted by Florida Legislature to provide initial funding to improve or expand public transit services including new routes or vehicle service frequencies. Service Development projects are subject to specified timeframes, which are typically three years from the time the new or improved transit service is initiated; and FDOT funding is limited to 50% of net operating costs.
  • In May 2013 and May 2014, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the submission of FDOT Service Development project applications to help fund improved service frequency on MCAT Route 3. Route 3 is part of the MCAT "core" network of fixed routes that have the highest ridership and passenger productivity in the MCAT transit system. Specifically this core network includes US 41, Cortez Road, SR 64/Manatee Avenue, and the Gulf Boulevard corridors. Amongst these "core" network routes, only Route 99 (US41) and the Anna Maria Islands (AMI) Trolley (Gulf Blvd.) have higher total ridership than Route 3; and both of these fixed routes operate with more service frequency than Route 3.
  • Route 3 operates along the State Road 64/Manatee Avenue corridor from Interstate 75 on the east to Holmes Beach on the west and serves the Downtown Bradenton Station for passenger service connectivity to the larger transit system. Route 3 provides line-haul cross county service Monday through Saturday from approximately 5:00 AM to 7:55 PM with 60-minute service frequency. Annual ridership is approximately 190,000 passenger trips/year.
  • On September 24, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Manatee Connect, the County's major Transit Development Plan (TDP) update with a ten-year plan horizon and a phased plan for transit service improvements. Phase 1 of Manatee Connect transit service improvements includes enhanced service frequency for MCAT Route 3 in 2016. The recommended FDOT Service Development Program grants would provide funding to improve Route 3 service  frequency to every 30-minutes for weekday service.
  • The FDOT Service Development grant includes a requirement for local match funding at the 50% level; and since additional local funding is not currently programmed, MCAT staff is prepared to modify/repurpose existing local transit funding/services in order to match the FDOT funding.
  • The approach to modify transit service is based upon the following Service Priorities: 1. Improve the Service Frequency on the Core Network of Transit Route Corridors; 2. Improve Service Reliability and System Connectivity; and 3. Reprogram/Repurpose Lower Volume Routes and Specific Bus Trips.
  • Using these service priorities, MCAT staff is prepared to conduct a public engagement process including three public workshops and one public hearing; and then forward the final service recommendations to the BCC for review and approval.
  • The FDOT FY 2015/16 State Transit Development Program Joint Participation Agreements for Financial Project Identification No. 436927-1-84-01/Contract No.G0707 and FM No. 435213-1-84-01/Contract No. G0720 are encumbered. The combined JPAs provide funding in the amount of $685,791 ($300,000 and $385,791) to improve MCAT transit service frequency on Route 3, serving the State Road 64/Manatee Avenue Corridor, from 60 minute to 30 minute service frequency.
  • The actual cost sharing with the FDOT is approximately $283,000 per year, which is the full operating cost for six (6) transit operators (3 are reallocated existing positions and 3 are new positions funded by the grant). The 50% local share required to meet grant criteria is currently allocated to the FY 2015/16 Transit operating budget. Local funding for the Route 3 service enhancement will come from repurposing the existing operating budget.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return two (2) signed copies of Joint Participation Agreements to William Steele, Transit Division Manager, William.Steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621, x7440, to be forwarded to the Florida Department of Transportation. A fully executed, signed Notice of Grant Award will be forwarded to Board Records upon return.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
4350012100 Transit Operating cost: 50% of net operating cost, annually during the 3 grant period.

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
The funds are budgeted for FY2015-2016; these funds would continue to be budgeted for FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18

Attachment:  R16-037 State Service Development Funding Program.pdf
Attachment:  FY 2017 Service Modifications Public Outreach.pdf
Attachment:  Service Optimization and Restructuring Priorities.pdf
Attachment:  JPA GO720.pdf
Attachment:  JPA GO707-[b].pdf