[tabi] Re: City aproves nova 2010

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 07:49:42 -0400

They say $38,000. Now is that a significant savinvings when a bus can cost 
$150,000? And another $100,000 to keep on the street for a year. 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Allison and Chip Orange 
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  Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 7:15 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: City aproves nova 2010


  I did have some feeling, from things I was being told "off the record", that 
this was going to happen no matter what the public said, because it was 
happening for other reasons.  I never got a good handle on what those other 
reasons were; I suspect operating costs (nova 2010 may have been promised at a 
reduced cost) had something to do with it.





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  Here is the article that was in the paper to-day.  This is upsetting to me 
since approximately 75 percent of the people who attended were against the 
change as presented in Star Metro's final plan.  All I can say is the 
commissioners voted last night and I will vote at the next election I guess 
politicians don't listen.  I hope one day all of them have to use what they 
just passed.
  I have never heard of such a rediceouless process of passing a plan that was 
in no way complete.  I guess I was right from the beginning when I said it was 
a done deal before the first public hearing. 

  Robert

  Tallahassee Democrat
  Published: March 25, 2010
  Star Metro redesign gains city of Tallahassee approval
  By
  TaMaryn Waters
  DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
  A massive revamp of Tallahassee's bus system was approved unanimously 
Wednesday by
  the City Commission.
  The often controversial "Nova 2010" plan drew nearly two dozen speakers who 
offered
  a mix of support for an upgraded system and deep-rooted concerns about safety 
and
  the impact on those riders with physical disabilities.
  The plan, orchestrated by StarMetro, was slated for launch by the end of this 
year.
  The date has been pushed back to possibly the end of 2011, said Ron Garrison, 
StarMetro
  executive director.
  StarMetro and the city's Public Works Department are hoping to get federal 
money
  to install more audible devices at intersections, which aid those who are 
visually
  impaired. And after much criticism, the city intends to build more sidewalks 
where
  needed, particularly in areas near the system's bus transfer points.
  "If it takes a little longer to do it right, then we'll take that time," 
Garrison
  said.
  StarMetro's overall budget for 2010 is roughly $16 million. Garrison said the 
Nova
  2010 plan will cost $36,000 less than the current cost to operate the bus 
system.
  Efforts to restructure the bus system started about 16 months ago, and 
StarMetro
  staffers have since held nearly 100 public meetings. The original plan 
evolved into
  nine different versions due to feedback received, according to planners.
  The plan will reduce the 26 current routes to 12 "crosstown" routes, which 
will include
  nearly 43 transfer points. The decentralized concept is designed to eliminate 
the
  need to transfer at the C.K. Steele Plaza downtown. Planners say buses will 
come
  to bus stops more frequently, and the plan may attract more riders.
  One major change is the elimination of some routes, and buses will no longer 
go through
  residential neighborhoods. Residents may have to walk up to half a mile to a 
bus
  stop, compared to a quarter mile typical now.
  Linda Pulliam, a Tallahassee bus rider since 1991, said the plan is going to 
leave
  some residents without transportation they depend on.
  "I'm opposed to it because it's not ready yet," she said. "It's not a good 
plan.
  It's like trying to put a square peg into something round."
  Some residents, including those representing state workers and the Greater 
Tallahassee
  Chamber of Commerce, said they are looking forward to an upgrade. Others say 
change
  was inevitable.
  "As times goes on, the changing demand will change even further," said Greg 
Thompson,
  chair of the city's Transit Advisory Committee. "We think, though, that time 
to make
  a change is now."
  Owen McCaul, a rider concerned about Nova 2010, said Tallahassee continues to 
be
  a dangerous place for pedestrians, and he mentioned the "Dangerous by Design" 
report,
  done by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for 
America.
  It gave Tallahassee a "pedestrian-danger index" of 109.4 - more than twice 
the national
  number of 52.1.
  The commissioners agreed there were still safety issues and other looming 
questions,
  such as fares, that have to be addressed. But they agreed to move forward.
  "Change in general for our citizens is kind of hard to do," Commissioner Mark 
Mustian
  said. "In concept, I think we need to do this."
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