On 8/13/10, Darla J. Rogers <djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Our own Lyn Evans was on television discussing the Star Metro changes. Good > job, Lyn. > Darla & Precious Roxy Here is the article: Riders view StarMetro route alterations By Elizabeth M. Mack • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • Published: August 13. 2010 2:00AM Mike Ahmad takes bus route 17 or 19 every day from Fred George Road and Monroe Street to the C.K. Steele Plaza downtown, then on to the Tallahassee Mall. Thursday, he discovered that he may no longer have to make the hour-long trip and the stop downtown to commute to the mall. "It's a complete waste of time to have to come downtown," he said. "With the route changes, it would only take me about 10 minutes to get to the mall." StarMetro representatives set up slides of the proposed bus routes and new stops for Nova2010, a route decentralization project slated to start next summer. "This is a kickoff to a public comment period, where we are encouraging people to call us or e-mail us about the changes that are going to be made," said Brian Waterman, StarMetro transit planning administrator. Waterman said the decentralization project will cut out 286 of the 1,052 bus stops that StarMetro now has. Of the 766 stops remaining, 478 are existing stops and 288 will be new ones. The changes will also make for less hassle for commuters to transfer buses. "We're going to create direct travel to their destination," Waterman said. "In some cases there will be buses coming every 10 minutes. Gone are the days of the hour-long transit." Commuter John Plescow said he believes there are more weakness than strengths with the proposed changes. "We're giving up an easy-to-navigate system for a more complicated system," he said. "And I don't see where we are getting more coverage. There haven't been any dramatic increases." Heather Teter, StarMetro marketing specialist, said learning sessions at local community centers, libraries and C.K. Steele Plaza are scheduled for the upcoming months to teach people the new routes and how the transfer system can benefit them. However, even with explanation of the new routes Thursday, some riders remained skeptical. "It seems simple, but we'll see how it works out when they actually start doing it," said Patricia Thomas. Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.