SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County has scheduled two outreach sessions to collect input on the 10 year Transit Development Plan (TDP). The county is required to produce a TDP every five years to qualify for transit funding from the state of Florida.
Both meetings will be held Thursday, May 9 and are open to the public. The first session will take place from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Downtown Sarasota Transfer Center, 1565 First St., Sarasota. The second will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Venice Train Station, 303 East Venice Avenue, Venice. The public may stop by any time during those hours.
“The TDP identifies transit improvements designed to address the mobility needs of all of our residents for the next 10 years,” says Sarasota County Area Transit Interim Director Rob Lewis. “It includes a review of background demographic data and analysis of the county’s transit productivity trends over the last five years.”
The plan also compares operating statistics to other peer transit agencies and identifies outside influences on transit ridership, such as Uber and Lyft. The TDP contains a 10 year implementation plan for transit improvements along with capital, operating costs and revenues.
The Sarasota County Commission must approve the TDP, which will then be submitted to the Florida Department of Transportation for its review. The draft plan is expected to come before the commission in August. Additional public meetings will be scheduled before final adoption.
To learn more about the county’s Transit Development Plan, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000,
or visit scgov.net (keywords Sarasota County Area Transit).
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