[tabi] Re: 7/20, 3pm Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board Meeting & Agenda

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 22:28:04 -0400

My neighbor who likes getting his shopping early in the morning was rejected because this is priority time for trips to doctors and work. *8 to 10 am.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 7:55 PM
Subject: [tabi] Re: 7/20, 3pm Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board Meeting & Agenda

Hi all,

I cannot *believe* they have categorized trips such that "self imposed
hardships" are listed at the same bottom level as such necessary activities
for independent life as banking.  And, to rub salt in the wound, they've
placed this category *below* that of recreational and socialization.

Since it looks like they're saying dial-a-ride may be cut by 40% (if I
understood this), if I were a user I'd certainly try and get another
category created just for self imposed hardships, and try to get recreation
moved below independent living activities.


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Subject: [tabi] 7/20, 3pm Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged
Coordinating Board Meeting & Agenda

From: Roland, Colleen [mailto:Colleen.Roland@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 10:04 AM

Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board Gemini Building
408 North Adams Street Second Floor Conference Room July 20, 2011 3:00 PM

Should you require special assistance, please contact Colleen Roland at
891-6812 at least 48 hours in advance.

PLEASE NOTE: At this meeting the TDCB will discuss the upcoming role of the
Community Coordinator and review the agenda item presented to the City.
Your input is important.

Call to Order              Hon. Akin Akinyemi, Chair
Public Comment        Meetings are open to the public.  If you would
like to speak before the board, please complete a speaker request form.
Staff is available to assist if needed.

Community Transportation Coordinators Report:        Ivan Maldonado,

Items from Staff: Development of 2012 Transportation Disadvantaged Service
Plan (TDSP)

Every five years a new service plan is developed within 6 months of
approving an agreement between the Community Transportation Coordinator and
the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.
One of the most important requirements in the contract is adhering to
the local and state standards adopted in the TDSP.   Once the new TDSP
is adopted it will be reviewed annually for necessary amendments.

For the next three meetings, staff will be presenting key sections of the
TDSP for review.  At this meeting staff is requesting that the TDCB review
the Trip Priority List. (TPL)  Board members may recall that while the TPL
was adopted in 2002, we had no need to implement it until 2009.  Following
is the adopted TPL:

Priority   Trip Purpose  - Categories and Definitions
1            MEDICAL - medical, dental, or therapeutic services
including hospital appointments, clinic visits dialysis, health department
or other necessary medical-related care.
2            EMPLOYMENT - work or employment related training
3            NUTRITIONAL/LIFE SUSTAINING - adult congregate meal
programs, food and prescription shopping
4            SOCIAL/RECREATION - social activities that might include,
but not limited to church, senior citizen programs, and other recreational
activities that are neither nutritional not life sustaining.
5            PERSONAL BUSINESS - activities essential to maintenance
of independence, including banking, non-food shopping, legal appointments.
Also includes trips for persons with a self-created transportation hardship,
such as having driving privileges suspended by the state.

ü Requested Action : Review and comment by TDCB.

Approved Rates.  The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Staff
has reviewed the rate model submitted by StarMetro.  It is now the job of
the LCB to approve the rates and the administrative fee retained by the
Coordinator per trip.  The rates have not changed.
The current administrative fee has been reduced from $3.00 per trip to
$1.68 per trip.

ü Requested Action:  Roll call vote approving the trip rates.

Impacts of Legislative Changes

During this session the Florida Legislature voted to remove Medicaid
Non-Emergency Transportation (NET) from the Coordinated Transportation
System effective July 1, 2012. At the present time Medicaid NET represents
forty percent (40%) of the trips.  Its advantage was the ability to
multi-load these trips with other sponsored and non-sponsored trips, thereby
reducing the cost per mile. This will be further discussed at the meeting,
and its impact on Leon County.

Tallahassee, Florida
May 26, 2011

Capital Mobility Summit Draft Action Plan

Executive Summary

The purpose of this first Capital Mobility Summit was to explore ways to
improve the coordination of community transportation and expand the mobility
options available to all citizens of the capital region, especially the
elderly, persons with disabilities and low-income individuals.
Additionally, it was for the purpose of developing new long lasting
partnerships committed to improving transportation and mobility options
within the capital region.  These goals were accomplished and this action
plan summarizes successes, unmet needs and recommended solutions to meet
these needs to allow for the summit's theme of "Building Our Community's
Transportation Future."

Summit Summary
Over 130 people attended the summit including a diverse group of
stakeholders.  Attendees included transportation providers, local elected
city and county officials, Government representatives, planners, state
agencies, as well as public and human service organizations that have a
stake in public and specialized transportation within the regional area of
Tallahassee. Attached to this report is a list of attendees as well as the
agenda for the summit.

The morning workshop consisted of a welcome by Major John Marks, City of
Tallahassee, County Commissioner Akin Akinyemi, Ron Garrison, Executive
Director of Star Metro, Harry Reed, Executive Director, Capital Region
Transportation Planning Agency, Bryant Paulk, Urban Liaison, Florida
Department of Transportation, District Three, Lisa Bretz, Planning
Administrator, Area Agency on Aging for North Florida, David Darm, Chairman,
Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, Samuel Scheib, Senior
Planner, Star Metro, Cherie Horne, Special Projects Manager for
Tallahassee-Leon County Planning, Gail Holley, Program Manager, Florida
Department of Transportation and Jo Ann Hutchinson, the United We Ride
Coordination Ambassador with the National Resource Center for Human Service
Transportation Coordination, administered by the Community Transportation
Association of America.  Providing a touching testimony on what
transportation means to him and other consumers was William Benjamin,
President of the Florida Council for the Blind-Tallahassee Chapter.

During lunch, sponsoring summit vendors discussed their services.
They included Trapeze, LogistiCare, Seon Services.  Liz Peak from the
Jacksonville Transportation Authority also discussed their work following a
Regional Mobility Summit last year.

Jo Ann Hutchinson provided national updates in the morning and prior to the
breakout sessions reviewed the 5 core elements of developing a fully
coordinated transportation system, provided instructions for the
5 breakouts, introduced breakout facilitators and their locations and
requested everyone to return at 3:00 p.m. for a report of their breakout

Following the group discussions, the following 5 reports were made based on
the 5 sections for developing a community coordinated transportation
:Making Things Happen by Working Together
Areas of Success Identified in the Region Areas of Need Identified in
the Region
-Holding this Summit
-Star Metro staff expansion
-Gadsden Express
-Pedestrian/Sidewalk improvements
-Multi-modal funding
-Meeting for interested parties
-Expanded services and routes (new divisions and Medicaid provision) -New
and additional sidewalks (accessibility) -Shared roadways/Charrow) Multi-use
-Coordinated agency participation -Connecting outlying communities to
downtown -Connecting communities to each other -Raise community awareness of
transportation options
-Usage of bike trails -Regional coordinated meeting effort
-More Park and Ride Lots
-More regional transit
-More coordination with public employees besides TCC, FSU and    FAMU
-More education about alternatives and "how to"
-Outreach to children
-Public awareness of the contributions of bike riders/walkers -Education
concerning multi-use of roads -Flexible shifts to ease traffic concerns
-Transit subsidies (reduced parking costs for carpooling) -Incentives for
employers o offer alternatives to employees -Bike sharing (Zip car sharing)
-Economical alternative to "Light Rail"
-Think outside the box
-Partnering with local businesses for alternative transportation options
-Incentives from bus company to utilize their service (enticements)

Priorities (What) Lead Responsibility
(Who) Reasonable Timeline (When)
Making Things Happen by Working Together:
-Public education, awareness, incentives -Creation of more park and ride
lots (public/private partnerships) -Regional Transit (Development of RTA)
-Encourage non-fossil fuel transportation -Expanded bus pass programs for
unemployed/special needs
populations -CSNS, Star Metro, CRTPA

-Star Metro
-CSNS, Star Metro, CRPTA
- -2015
-5 years

Taking Stock of Community Needs and Moving Forward
Areas of Success Identified in the Region Areas of Need Identified in
the Region
-Mobility Counselor at TSC
-Bike-bus lanes on Tennessee Street
-Parkway Sidewalks
-Audible signals
-Greater accessibility
-Star Metro listening
-Sidewalks (Rankin/Canopy roads)
-Bus stop access
-Increased service for seniors in rural areas to senior center and community
centers -Increased transport options in county (outside city limits)
-Outreach to implement new system -More money for expanding mobility options
-Bus buddy -Monitor Nova 2010 through programs like this to identify
underserved areas -More publicity about Gadsden Express -Drivers announcing
stops -Options for people without technology (digital divide) Taking Stock
of Community Needs and Moving Forward:

Priorities (What)

Lead Responsibility (Who)

Reasonable Timeline (When)
None identified

Putting Customers First
Areas of Success Identified in the Region Areas of Need Identified in
the Region
-New look on buses
-Dial-a-Ride is reliable
-More routes
-Having the Summit
-More emphasis on sidewalks
-Regional mobility plan is working
-Low floor buses - ADA accessible
-On-time performance improved
-New signs, more shelters
-Free bus passes for low income

-Lake Jackson (Lakewood Village/Tower Road/Capital Circle NW) need
more main bus stops instead of everyone going to Steele Plaza -Expand hours
of operation -Lack of transit -More funding for rural area in the county
-City and county working together for transportation for ALL Tallahassee
residents who need bus service -Gadsden Express -Serving core customers
-Identify transportation alternatives -Need more routes (reducing routes a
hidden budget cut) -Grandfather in riders who lose their routes (i.e.
Dial-a-Ride) -Look at commuter services, volunteers, other ridesharing
options -Work with Gadsden Shuttle to coordinate -Market services
aggressively (TD Donations, 211, media, etc.) -Help on completing bus pass
applications -Need data on non-riders to convert to transit system -Travel
training -Create standing Mobility Committee to work on this plan -Seek
additional funding

Priorities (What) Lead Responsibility
(Who) Reasonable Timeline (When)
Putting Customers First
1. Expanding Service Hours
2. Could Dial-a-Ride run when street service does not as an extension
3. Who are we really here to serve?
4. Marketing and education - Make it chic - Safe-Efficient-Clean

Adapting Funding for Greater Mobility
Areas of Success Identified in the Region Areas of Need Identified in
the Region
-Many grants obtained to help the community (transportation) -Octagonal
Poles to comply with the ADA -Matching grant partners -Gadsden ?Express
-Collaboration -Customer friendly Transportation from one city to the next
-Nova 2010
-Mobility Coordinator -Help different city with their transportation
-More money
-Nova and CTC and Dial-a-Ride service and funding concerns -Annexation
-Regional fare study -Low income-reduced fares -More funding for TD trips
-Circulator routes

Priorities (What) Lead Responsibility
(Who) Reasonable Timeline (When)
Adapting Funding for Greater Mobility
1.  Regional Fare Study
2.  Low Income-Reduced Fares
3.  More Funding for TD rides
4.  Circulator routes
5.  Nova & CTC/Dial-a-Ride Service and funding concerns
6.  Annexation Star Metro
Star Metro
Star Metro. Riders, CTD
Star Metro 6 months-1 year

Moving People Efficiently
Areas of Success Identified in the Region Areas of Need Identified in
the Region
-26.355 bicycles transported per year
-4.7 million passengers transported per year -Over 10,000 seniors
transported per year -Over 30,000 disabled passengers transported per year
-Record keeping (AOR) -Vehicle quality -Dial-a-Ride -Cleanliness
-Compassionate drivers -Star sponsors -Awareness to community needs
-Agencies working together to solve community needs -Improvement in bike and
ped needs -Safety -Aggregate effort to improve services (i.e. this summit)
-Identifying and improving coordinated transportation needs -Highway
27 South and East - coordinate shops -Miccosukee  Hills -Extending routes
from Ross/Shelfer Road to Crawfordville Highway -Partnerships with churches
-Fair fee for fare -Legislative changes to allow accessibility -Vanpools
with wheelchair accessibility -Commuter services of North Florida - Phone
1-888-454-RIDE-Use more for options -Cab service with reduced fares -Combine
existing vanpool (i.e., Gadsden, Woodville, Crawfordville) -Address Sunday
and night services -Services needed in Jefferson County (Monticello),
Wakulla and Liberty) -Educate and outreach on Safe Mobility for Life program at CTD, CCNF and list alternatives at the shelters and on the buses -Meeting the people's need for time scheduled transit programs -For emergency cases,
after-hours transportation (no way to get from hospitals) -Old Bainbridge
Road sidewalk issues Moving People Efficiently:
Priorities (What) Lead Responsibility (Who) Reasonable Timeline
None identified

Additional questions answered by the groups:

Who Else Should be Invited As a Stakeholder?
Commuter Services - jhorton@xxxxxxxxxxx
Health Departments in the region (Leon, Gadsden, Madison, Wakulla)
Affordable housing providers & Tallahassee Housing Authority HOPE Community,
Childcare facilities

Conclusion and Next Steps
A "Thank You" goes to Ron Garrison, Ivan Maldonado, Heather Teter, Andrea
Rosser and all their team members and to all the sponsors of the Summit. A
special thanks also goes to all the breakout facilitators, recorders and
those who reported to the full group.
Without all of their leadership and preparation, the Summit would not have
such a success!

Most importantly, is a "Special Thank You" to all the participants of this
Summit for taking the time to attend and for bringing their expertise and
frank suggestions for a brighter future for the region.
As a result of their active participation in this consensus building effort
they have taken the first important steps toward a truly coordinated
planning process . Through this Action Plan, steps can now be taken by the
local sponsors to create improved coordination among public and human
service transportation systems, agencies and consumers. The results will be
a better use of existing resources, improved service delivery and greater
access for consumers through enhancements as identified in this report.
This Plan holds exciting promise for the future of the Capital Region.

This Plan was drafted by Jo Ann Hutchinson, United We Ride Ambassador, based
on outcomes at the May 26, 2011 Capital Mobility Summit.  For more
information, please contact hutchinson@xxxxxxxx or 1.800.891.0590, Extension

Thank You for Being a Partner in the Capital Mobility Summit!

Special Thanks to the following Partners and Sponsors

Commuter Services of North Florida is a regional commuter assistance program funded by the Florida Department of Transportation District 3 Office. Their
mission is to improve mobility for work and student commuters through the
use of transportation demand management strategies such as carpooling,
vanpooling, public transit, biking, walking, telework, and flexible work

The free services they provide are available to commuters within an
eight-county region (Leon, Jefferson, Gadsden, Wakulla, Franklin, Liberty,
Jackson, and Calhoun counties). Commuter Services also provides no-cost
assistance and consulting services to employers seeking to address employee transportation issues such as recruitment/retention, parking management, and
adoption of telework and flex-time policies. For more information call
888-454-RIDE (7433) or visit www.commuterservices.org .
Official Summit Sponsor

Trapeze Group delivers solutions that consider the full 360 degrees of
passenger transport. Whether addressing the needs of a single department, an
entire organization, or the community, Trapeze provides some of the most
advanced software, intelligent transportation systems
(ITS) and mobile technologies in the industry. Hundreds of government and
commercial organizations across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific have turned to Trapeze to realize efficiencies, enhance the quality and scope of
their services, and safely transport more people with less cost. Visit

Gold Sponsor

LogistiCare is much more than just a transportation company. We organize and credential thousands of local transportation providers to serve specialized
groups of people who require all kinds of personal mobility solutions. As
the nation's leading transportation network manager, we overcome the most
common transportation challenges and make personal mobility a simple,
reliable process. Visit us online at www.logisticare.com.

Coffee Break Sponsor

Seon Design Inc. offers complete mobile surveillance solutions for the
transit industry including automated wireless video downloading and systems
health check. Seon is the official on-board surveillance supplier of
StarMetro. Visit us online at www.seon.com.

Attachment 1 - PROGRAM

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.           Welcome and Introductions
Ronald L. Garrison, Executive Director, StarMetro

Mayor John Marks          Opening Remarks
City of Tallahassee

Commissioner Akin Akinyemi  Opening Remarks Leon County Board of County
Commissioners Chairperson, Leon County, Local Transportation Disadvantaged
Coordinator Board

9:15 - 9:25 a.m.                  What Transportation Means to Us
William Benjamin, President
Tallahassee Chapter of the Florida Council of the Blind Member, Leon County
Transportation Disadvantaged Coordination Board

9:25 - 9:35 a.m. Agenda Overview and National Update JoAnn Hutchinson,
United We Ride Ambassador National Resource Center for Human Service
Transportation Coordination

9:35 - 9:45 a.m. State Transportation Update Bryant Paulk, Urban Liaison
Florida Department of Transportation

9:45 - 9:55 a.m.                  CTD Transportation Update
David Darm, Chairman
Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

9:55 - 10:05 a.m.               Regional Update
Harry Reed, Executive Director
Capital Regional Transportation and Planning Agency

10:05 - 10:15 a.m.             Elderly Transportation Issues
Lisa Bretz, Planning Administrator
Area    Agency on Aging for North Florida, Inc.

10:15 - 10:25 a.m.       Break

10:25 - 11:00 a.m.            Questions and Answers Guest Speaker' Panel

Ron Garrison  - JoAnn Hutchinson - Bryant Paulk - David Darm-  Harry
Reed -  Lisa Bretz  ¬-   Karen Somerset

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.             Sponsor Recognitions

Ben Dvoracek                    Trapeze Services and Product Overview
Alex Batista                        LogistiCare
Mike Bismeyer                                 Seon Services and
Product Overview

11:30 - 11:45 p.m.            Nova Decentralization Overview
Samuel Scheib                  StarMetro

11:45 - 12:00 p.m.             Action Planning

JoAnn Hutchinson
United We Ride Ambassador, National Resource Center for Human Service
Transportation Coordination

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.              Noon Networking Lunch

Cherie Horne                    Multi-Modal Transportation District
Special Projects Manager, Tallahassee-Leon County Planning

Gail Holley                         Safe Mobility for Life Overview
Program Manager, Florida Department of Transportation

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.          Breakout Sessions

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.           Group Reports

3:45 - 4:00 p.m.                 Closing and Next Steps
Ronald L. Garrison, Executive Director

Speaker Biographies
Jo Ann Hutchinson, United We Ride Ambassador, National Resource Center for
Human Service Transportation Coordination

Jo Ann has worked over 40 years in the transportation field including
extensive work in the implementation and oversight of the public and human
service transportation coordination for Florida's coordinated transportation
program both within the Florida Department of Transportation and as
Executive Director of the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
until her retirement in 2003.

Since 2003, Jo Ann has continued her career as one of the ten United We Ride
Ambassadors with the National Resource Center for Human Service
Transportation Coordination (NRC), in partnership with the Community
Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and the Federal
Transit Administration (FTA), in over 30 states.   In that role, she
provides technical assistance, facilitation, and other forms of assistance
to states and communities to create or expand coordination opportunities.
She currently represents Region 4 of the FTA which includes Alabama,
Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,
Tennessee and Puerto Rico.

Jo Ann believes that all Americans should have access to mobility options
for daily living activities (health care, nutrition, work). By providing an investment in coordinated community transportation, mobility options will be
available to our citizens and the most vulnerable Americans--our elderly,
persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals. This vision can be
realized through fully-coordinated community transportation networks in
every community.

Mayor John R. Marks, III
City of Tallahassee

John Marks, Mayor of the City of Tallahassee, practices law with his son at Marks and Marks, LLC. The firm focuses its practice on utility regulation, smart grid technology, and telecommunications, and Internet law. Appointed
by Governor Bob Graham in 1979, he served eight (8) years on the Florida
Public Service Commission (FPSC) -- the last two as its Chairman.  Before
serving on the PSC, he was employed as a Hearing Officer with the

He has been an adjunct professor at the Florida State University College of
Law, teaching utility regulatory law, and a faculty member of the National
Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners'
utility rate school.   He was named Super Lawyer (Utility Regulatory
Law) by Florida Super Lawyers magazine.  Mayor Marks was inducted into the
FAMU College of Education Gallery of Distinction, named one of Florida State
University's 100 Distinguished Graduates, and designated
one of America's Top Mayors for sustainability.          He was
elected in 2003 to a four year term as Mayor of the City of Tallahassee and
re-elected in 2006 and 2010.  He is Co-Chairman of the Board of Fringe
Benefits Management Company.  He serves on the Board of Advisors for the
U.S. Conference of Mayors and is Vice Chairman for Communications of the
U.S.C.M. Transportation and Communications Committee.  In addition, Mayor
Marks served as the President of the Florida League of Mayors from 2005-2007
and was President of the Florida League of Cities for the 2009-2010 term.
Mr. Marks received his B.S. degree in 1969 from the Florida State University School of Business and his Juris Doctor degree in 1972 from the FSU College
of Law.

Commissioner Akin S. Akinyemi
Leon County Commission

Commissioner Akin S. Akinyemi serves as the Chairperson of the Leon County
Local Coordinated Board.  He is the principal Architect of the Tallahassee
firm of Akin & Associates Architects, Inc.  Started in 1992, this firm
specializes in Educational & Religious Facilities, Planning, and Facilities
Programming.  He received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the
University of Lagos in 1981; his Bachelor of Architecture & Housing
Development from the University of Minnesota in 1985; and his Master of
Architecture from Florida A&M University in 1988, where he developed a
blueprint for sustainable community development.

He was elected in 2008 as an At-Large Member of the Leon County Commission
on a platform of environmental stewardship,  economic and community
development, and accountable and accessible government.  Mr.
Akinyemi continues to serve with these underlying principals, emphasizing
the importance of citizen participation in government policies.
Commissioner Akinyemi has been a member of the Leon County community for
over 20 years.  He is married to Elvira Galicia Akinyemi and has three
Children: Rashad, Dominique, and Michael.

Ronald L. Garrison, Executive Director  StarMetro

Ron Garrison has been the Executive Director of StarMetro since April 2005.
He received his business degree with honors from Concordia University and
completed his postgraduate studies at Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

Ron has worked in the mass transit industry for the last 22 years in both
the public and private sector.  Prior to moving to Tallahassee, Ron was a
General Manager in the northern Washington D.C. area and in
the southern area adjacent to D.C. in Maryland.   In all, Ron has
worked in six transit organizations around the country.

His transit management experience includes three light rail system startups,
two bus feeder plans and implementations, large and medium scale bus
operations including vehicle maintenance, flex route service design and
startup, light rail and paratransit operations, facility design and
construction, safety, training, project management, systems and information technology, organizational development, customer service, regional rideshare
programs, marketing, performance management and facilities management.

Some of the progress StarMetro has made over the last few years include
revamping the entire bus network to improve on time performance, installing
new solar lighted shelters, purchasing new buses with new customer safety
and comfort features along with new technology, implementing a state of the art first in the country farebox system, implementing a new route structure
for Florida State University students on and off campus, designing and
installing new customer benches with recycled plastic, installing new solar lighted I-stops and winning the most "Outstanding Transit System in Florida" for 2010. The most important milestone for StarMetro and the region will be
the implementation of the new decentralization route structure for the
entire transit system scheduled for launch in July 11, 2011.

Harry Reed, Executive Director
Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency

Harry has more than 40 years of experience in the transportation field
including the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development where
he coordinated transportation planning and projects for the 1984 New Orleans
World's Fair, the National Sports Festival VI held in Baton Rouge, and
assisting in the establishment of AMTRAK rail passenger service between New Orleans and Mobile during the 1984 World's Fair. In 1986, Harry joined the
Florida Department of Transportation's Public Transit Office where he was
responsible for commuter assistance and state transit funding programs,
development of a state capital investment policy, transit safety, and
special projects and initiatives relative to public transportation. In 2007
Harry became the Executive Director of Capital Regional Transportation and
Planning Agency (CRTPA) responsible for long range transportation planning
for Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla counties.

William Benjamin, President
Florida Council for the Blind - Tallahassee Chapter

William Benjamin is a member of the Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged
Local Coordinating Board, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), and the
Tallahassee Council of the Blind (TCB), serving as the transportation
representative of the TCB.  William comes with a sensitive view of the
transportation system. He has lived on both the west and east costs and has
had experience in using public transportation throughout his life.

Bryant T. Paulk, AICP
Urban Liaison, District Three, Florida Department of Transportation

Bryant is the Urban Liaison for the Florida Department of Transportation
District 3 and has worked with FDOT for 13 Years. Bryan has a Bachelor's of
Science and Bachelors of Arts in Finance from the University of West

Lisa Bretz, Planning Administrator
Area Agency on Aging for North FL

Lisa is the Planning Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging for North
Florida, and has been with this agency since 1995.  In her position as
Planning Administrator, she oversees the development of the agency's Area
Plan on Aging, assists in the development and implementation of new
programs, and supervises several programs, including the Aging Resource
Center's Elder Helpline which provides information, referral and assistance regarding programs and services for seniors and their caregivers in 14 North
Florida counties.
David Darm
Chairman, Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

David has dedicated his life to promoting disability awareness and educating his community on the challenges facing persons with disabilities. As a rider
of the coordinated system, David was appointed to the Commission for the
Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) in February 2009. For the past two years,
he has used StarMetro Dial-A-Ride to take him to work. David is always
accompanied on these trips by his faithful guide dog Columbus.

David received his Bachelors Degree at the University of North Florida in
Jacksonville and recently completed his Masters in Applied Politics and
Policy at Florida State University. He currently works in the Governor's
Office of Policy and Budget as a policy analyst for Health and Human
Services. He also serves on the Governor's Commission on Disabilities as a
representative of the transportation disadvantaged community. David was
recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve as the Chairman of the
Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged.

Samuel Scheib, Senior Planner

Sam is the Senior Transportation Planner at StarMetro.  He earned a
bachelor's degree in music and humanities and a master's degree in urban and
regional planning at Florida State University.  For shucks and giggles,
Sam's mother took him and his brother on a bus ride to downtown Tampa when
he was ten.  Transit was forever after demystified and he used transit
regularly as a teenager, as a Marine at embassy guard posts in Budapest,
Minsk, Soel, and Russia. and still today in Tallahassee.

Cherie Horne, AICP
Special Projects Manager
Tallahassee-Leon County Planning

Cherie is the Special Projects Manager for the Tallahassee-Leon County
Planning Department, which entails managing long range transportation,
greenways, and urban design projects in coordination with the CRTPA.
Cherie started in the land use planning section of the Department with prior
experience at a consulting company specializing in infrastructure grant
writing/management and economic development. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College (1994, Birmingham, AL)
and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University
(1996, Tallahassee, FL).

Gail Holley, Program Manager
Florida Department of Transportation

Gail works for the Florida Department of Transportation in the State Traffic
Engineering and Operations Office where she manages their statewide aging
road user program, "Safe Mobility for Life." Notable program accomplishments include the formation of a statewide Coalition with 24 member organizations
who are working together to develop a statewide comprehensive aging road
user strategic plan. The plan is designed to strike a balance between safety
and mobility to ensure that Floridians maintain independence and remain
active in the community even when driving is no longer a safe option.
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