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.
For more information, contact Ryan Suarez, MCAT’s Planning Manager, at email@example.com or (941) 747-8621, ext. 7622.