Manatee County Area Transit will conduct public meetings Saturday on the future of public transit

May 10, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Manatee County Area Transit will conduct the first of three public meetings on the future of public transit in Manatee County from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The sessions are part of a transportation development plan MCAT officials will take to the Manatee County Commission as they plan the next decade of public transit.

The meeting will be at the Farmers Market along Old Main Street (12th Street West) north of Manatee Avenue in downtown Bradenton.

The second open house will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 16 at the State College of Florida Student Union Building, 5840 26th St. W.

The third open house will be 5 to 7 p.m. May 16 at the Palmetto Youth Center, 501 17th St. W., Palmetto.

"We're setting up in some visible areas in hopes that people will stop in, learn more and give us feedback," said Chad Fosnight, MCAT senior planner.

"We'll be available to answer specific questions, show graphics and alternatives for possible routes and increased frequencies. People will be able to take a look and give us their thoughts."

E-mail input to or Tindale Oliver & Associates at, call 941-747-8621 or 941-748-4501 or go to

-- Herald staff reports

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