Public Transportation Task Force

The Public Transportation Task Force consists of one MPO Board member or their designated alternates representing Manatee County, Sarasota County, City of Sarasota, City of Bradenton, City of Palmetto, the Island Transportation Planning Organization, Town of Longboat Key, City of Venice, City of North Port and Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. Non-voting Members of the Public Transportation Task Force are the MPO Executive Director or Designee, Sarasota County Administrator or Designee, Manatee County Administrator or Designee, FDOT District 1 Secretary or Designee, the MPO Technical Advisory Committee Chair and Citizens Advisory Committee Chair.

The primary purpose of the Sarasota/Manatee MPO Public Transportation Task Force is to advise the MPO Board on issues related to the development of regional inter-county public transportation services as specified in the MPO Long Range Transportation Plan. The Task Force meets quarterly, or as needed. Please check the MPO's Event Calendar for the latest meeting schedule. All meetings are advertised and open to the public.

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Manatee County

Commissioner Betsy Benac

City of Bradenton


City of Palmetto

Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant


Mayor John Chappie
Bradenton Beach

Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority

Commissioner Carlos Beruff

Sarasota County

Commissioner Alan Maio

City of North Port

Commissioner Pete Emrich

City of Sarasota

Vice Mayor Liz Alpert

Town of Longboat Key

Commissioner Jack Daly

Non-voting Advisors


MPO Executive Director or Designee (Dave Hutchinson, Corinne Tucker)

Sarasota County Administrator or Designee (Sarah Blanchard, Rick Ferris)

Manatee County Administrator or Designee (Bill Steele, Ryan Suarez, Jim Egbert)

FDOT District One Secretary or Designee (Dale Hanson, Charlene Ross)

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