The Transit Development Plan, or TDP, is a 10-year needs-based evaluation required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to qualify for state Public Transit Block Grant Program (PTBG) funding. Development of the plan requires technical analyses as well as a broad public outreach process. It represents MCAT’s vision for public transportation growth and advancement in the future. The development of the TDP includes a review of planning and policy documents and documentation of study area conditions, demographic characteristics and current transit services as well as the creation of a financial plan and incorporation of public input.
Why is the TDP important?
The TDP provides direction for transit improvements in Manatee County and reflects priorities for public transportation identified by the community. In addition, The State of Florida Public Transit Block Grant (PTBG) Program was enacted by the Florida Legislature to provide a stable source of funding for public transit and, as a recipient of PTBG funding, Manatee County is required to prepare a major TDP update every five years, with annual minor updates and monitoring in the interim years.
In planning the future of transit in Manatee County, it is important for the community to offer input on its public transportation services as well as feedback on how it would like to see Manatee County public transportation services grow in the future. As part of the plan development, a Public Involvement Plan was outlined to facilitate outreach activities that will effectively engage current and future customers, and encourage the community to become involved in the TDP development process. Feedback collected from the community will inform decisions on transit needs, priorities and implementation strategies that will enhance public transportation in Manatee County and the region.
MCAT encourages open, two-way communication with the community it serves. We invite the public and any interested stakeholders to get involved by attending upcoming TDP public workshops, participate in upcoming public input surveys, and to submit any questions or feedback by contacting Ryan Suarez, MCAT’s Planning Manager, at email@example.com or (941) 747-8621, ext. 7622.
TDP Open House Workshop Schedule
MCAT will host TDP Open House Workshops to provide the public with opportunities to learn and offer feedback about proposed transit service alternatives. The TDP Open House Workshops are informal meetings where the public can come and have the opportunity to learn more about the proposed transit service alternatives, speak with MCAT staff and review maps, plans, and other visuals that illustrate the proposed transit improvements. The workshops also provide an opportunity for the public to give feedback to inform decisions on transit needs, priorities and implementation strategies that will enhance public transportation in Manatee County and the region to meet the most pressing needs of the communities MCAT serves.
The following open house workshops are scheduled.
- April 11, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at State College of Florida, Student Union
- April 11, 2 – 5 p.m., at Palmetto City Hall, Council Chambers
- April 17, 2 – 5 p.m., Manatee County Commission Chambers
For more information, contact Ryan Suarez, MCAT’s Planning Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (941) 747-8621, ext. 7622.