MANATEE -- Manatee County is poised to qualify for an $878,052 annual grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to help pay transit division operating expenses, according to Manatee County Commission documents.
The money comes yearly to the county through the Federal Department of Transportation Block Grant Program, enacted by the Florida Legislature to provide a stable source of funding for public transit, said William Steele, division manager for Manatee County Area Transit.
"Typically, transit agencies use these funds for regular operations, rather than a specific project," he said Monday, commenting on an item to be considered for approval at 9 a.m. Tuesday by the county commission.
"Block grant funds are subject to an annual formula allocation and the (annual) state appropriations process; while the annual amount differs, it continues to be a stable and reliable funding source," Steele said.
The transit agency's combined operating budget for fixed route, trolley and paratransit is approximately $8 million a year.
Ridership on the MCAT system continues to grow toward 2 million annually.
The public meeting is at the Manatee County Administration Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter@sarawrites.