Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - September 24, 2013
REVISED September 24, 2013 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #55

MCAT Transit Development Plan (TDP) Major Update


Contact and/or Presenter Information

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

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

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-13-149

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida Statutes 125; Florida Statutes 341.052; Rule 14-73 Florida Administrative Code

Background Discussion

The State of Florida Public Transportation Block Grant program requires public transit service providers to develop, adopt, and annually update a Ten-Year Transit Development Plan (TDP) in order to be eligible for and receive grant funds. Every five years, a comprehensive "major" update is required. Each TDP update must be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Office by September 1.

The TDP is the transit operator's planning, development, and operational guidance document. The Block Grant Program requires TDPs to address certain elements present in the major update. These include: a review of relevant planning and policy documents, documentation of study area conditions and demographic characteristics, profile current transit services, develop a financial plan, ridership forecasts, potential service improvement projects, and the incorporation of public input through public involvement efforts. The TDP provides the transit operator with priorities for service enhancement and future growth.

Manatee Connect, the TDP for Manatee County, fulfills State requirements for a comprehensive "major" TDP update. The study provides an analysis of the current transit system and provides direction for possible future growth, based upon a 25-Year Vision Plan, a review of relevant plans, and a very aggressive public involvement process. The public involvement process for the TDP update included: a charrette, three public open house workshops, and an on-board survey.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please send signed resolution 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
No cost

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
No cost

Attachment:  Resolution - TDP 2013.pdf
Attachment:  MCAT TDP_FINAL.2013.09.20.pdf