I have lived here most of my life. I want to leave so badly. We have nothing for a mass transit system. Raise the fare if you have to.
I would gladly pay a $3 bus fare if it means getting more buses on the road. We need to get a bus further east on State Road 70. Also, buses to Parrish and Lakewood Ranch.
Manatee County Area Transit's response is "we have to wait on state funding." This will take years! By the time this happens, everyone who needed the buses here will probably move away.
I wish MCAT was like Pinellas or Hillsborough or, almost, like Sarasota, except for the urgency of the drivers.
We need to modernize this system. I don't know why I went to the meetings because nothing will happen right away. I speak for most of current bus riders and some who don't. Just do it!