Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 21, 2013
REVISED May 21, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #37

MCAT Public Transit Service Development Project Proposal


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Ron Schulhofer, Public Works Director, ron.schulhofer@mymanatee.org, (941) 708-7480

William Steele, Transit Division Manager, william.steele@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7440

Action Requested

Authorization for the Chairman to sign and submit cover letter and accompanying project proposal for Route 3 Service Development Project Proposal in response to the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, Modal Development Office Request for Proposals.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Florida Statutes 125, Sections 341.05 and 334.048(3) Florida Statutes

Background Discussion

The Public Transit Service Development Program (hereinafter referred to as the Service Development Program) was enacted by the Florida Legislature to provide initial funding for special projects that improve or expand public transit. Service Development Projects are subject to specified terms of duration, but no more than three (3) years. The State funding participation requires a 50/50 share of operating costs by the grant recipient.

On April 17, 2013, Manatee County Area Transit (MCAT) staff received notice from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District One, Modal Development Office, of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligible applicants to apply for State Discretionary Transit Program, Service Development Program grants. The funding for the grant programs is contingent on future legislative appropriations for State Fiscal Year 2014/15.

MCAT has prepared a Service Development Project Proposal for Route 3. County funding has not yet been budgeted for this proposal, but would be required starting in Fiscal Year 2014/15, if selected.

Route 3 provides line-haul, cross-county bus service along State Road 64 from just west of Interstate 75 to Manatee County Public Beach. Service currently runs Monday through Saturday, from 5:50 AM to 7:55 PM, every 60 minutes. Annual ridership on Route 3 is approximately 190,000. This makes Route 3 the most popular route in terms of ridership, after the Anna Maria Island Trolley and Route 99, which currently have service frequencies of 20 and 30 minutes, respectively. The Service Development grant would allow for Route 3 to provide 30 minute service frequency during periods of peak congestion, from approximately 5-9 AM and 3-7 PM during weekdays. This would allow for improved bus service on a major travel corridor.

Service Development is being requested from FDOT for a three (3) year period, beginning in October 2014. The request is for a total of $385,791, over the three year period or $128,597 per year. This amount is the FDOT half of the estimated 3 year operating costs of the service expansion. The program will require Manatee County to share 50% of the operating costs, $128,597.  Two additional peak hour buses are required for weekday service and the fleet is currently sufficient to accommodate added peak service.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please send signed letter, including the attachment, and a copy of the minutes to Chad Fosnight, Senior Transit Planner, chad.fosnight@mymanatee.org, (941) 747-8621 x7622.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
50% of operating cost , $128,597 annually during the 3 year grant, should the grant be approved and accepted by the Board, 435-001200 Transit Operations.

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
If proposal is selected, funds would be budgeted for FY 2014/15.

Attachment:  ServiceDevelopment5_6_13.pdf