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PONDERING ROUTES AND COSTS The Portland, OR, bus rapid transit system is reportedly one of the best in the nation in terms of services and equipment. Image courtesy Sarasota County A BUS RAPID TRANSIT PLAN FOR SARASOTA COUNTY MAY NEED CITY MONEY By Stan Zimmerman City Editor During a Monday, April 29, community meeting, the Sarasota County interim transportation planning director said a bus rapid transit (BRT) system connecting the airport to downtown likely will require city financial participation. The county is pondering whether it wants to pay $800,000 to fund a study required by the federal government to examine a new route for a BRT system. Buses would run at 10-minute intervals and use dedicated or priority lanes along either U.S. 41, U.S. 301 or Old BraJonathan Paul said, "By August we must have denton Road to downtown. a fairly good idea of The Seaboard Coasthow this will be paid line/Seminole Gulf for." He suggested a By August we must have a fairly Railroad line through city-county interlocal good idea of how this will be paid for. the city was selected agreement or a special Jonathan Paul as the preferred route taxing district to share Interim director Transportation Planning earlier, under a study the estimated $2.5 milSarasota County paid for by the feds. lion annual cost.

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