[tabi] Re: FW: Your opinions needed from StarMetro

  • From: "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:28:28 -0500

Thanks for the explanation, Mr. Waterman. I am of the opinion that quality wins 
out over quantity every time so would vote for the more durable signs. As far 
as their placement, of course, I'd love one at the first stop on Village Square 
after the Red Hills bus makes a left off Killearn Center Blvd! However, I 
realize this isn't a high-volume stop. I'd suggest one at the Lighthouse for 
mobility training purposes and perhaps one near the DBS and VR offices on 
Executive Center Blvd. 
Again, thanks!
Sila 
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Waterman, Brian 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 11:15 AM
  Subject: [tabi] FW: Your opinions needed from StarMetro


   

   

  From: Waterman, Brian 
  Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:54 PM
  To: 'Sila Miller'; tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Cc: Erica; Julia Kamm-Cohen; Amanda Kan; Angel Scruggs Fazio; Barbara Ross; 
Elizabeth S. Bowden; Eva McElvy; Jeanine Kane; Jennifer Crowder; Michael 
Worley; Sharon - home; Simone Cunningham; Tinetta Cooper; Toni King; Wayne 
Warner
  Subject: RE: [tabi] Your opinions needed from StarMetro

   

  Sila's request on the texting for real time next bus information prompts a 
discussion on durability vs. availability. It is our plan to add real time next 
bus information with the texting code later this year, probably by summer. The 
stop code on the braille plates would provide this information if texted to 
2722. My budget, however, for the braille plates is $20,000. A highly durable 
metal braille plate costs approximately $35/pole. After factoring in 
replacement costs, I can add braille plates to 250 to 300 poles (up to 30% of 
our stops). If we go with a lower quality acrylic plate ($10 or less per pole), 
I could probably cover every stop. These plates, which I have a sample, do have 
durability issues. 

   

  I would like to continue this discussion for another week. Based on the 
consensus of the responses, I will draft specifications for the braille plates. 
Thank you for all your input. 

   

  From: Sila Miller [mailto:silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
  Sent: Monday, February 25, 2013 2:10 PM
  To: Waterman, Brian; tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Cc: Erica; Julia Kamm-Cohen; Amanda Kan; Angel Scruggs Fazio; Barbara Ross; 
Elizabeth S. Bowden; Eva McElvy; Jeanine Kane; Jennifer Crowder; Michael 
Worley; Sharon - home; Simone Cunningham; Tinetta Cooper; Toni King; Wayne 
Warner
  Subject: Re: [tabi] Your opinions needed from StarMetro

   

  Dear Mr. Waterman,

   

  Thanks for consulting us on these issues and listening to our input. I 
applaud the City and StarMetro for installing audible pedestrian signals (APS) 
at 10 out of the 15 stops previously identified!

   

  I believe the APS at Adams St. and Tennessee St. should still be considered a 
high priority as the Greyhound station is directly across the street from the 
plaza and is frequented by folks with disabilities. 

  Seventh Ave. and Monroe St. (near the Senior Center) should also continue to 
be seen as a priority as well for the above stated reason(s).

   

  As far as the braille signage, I'd like to ask where we are with the texting 
ability (code) to know where the bus is prior to commenting on the placement of 
the signs. Most of us who already use the bus probably know where the poles we 
frequent are (some hard lessons learned by missing buses) are but if the 
texting ability is available then that puts a whole new spin on things. 

   

  Again, thanks much for soliciting our comments and opinions!

   

  Sila Miller 

   

    ----- Original Message ----- 

    From: Evelyn Worley 

    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 

    Cc: Wayne Warner ; Toni King ; Tinetta Cooper ; Simone Cunningham ; Sharon 
- home ; Michael Worley ; Jennifer Crowder ; Jeanine Kane ; Eva McElvy ; 
Elizabeth S. Bowden ; Barbara Ross ; Angel Scruggs Fazio ; Amanda Kan ; Julia 
Kamm-Cohen ; Waterman, Brian 

    Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 3:01 PM

    Subject: [tabi] Your opinions needed from StarMetro

     

    Hi everyone. Brian Waterman with StarMetro asked if I could help out with 
getting opinions and/or a consensus from the blind community about the 
following items by this Friday, 3/1. In addition to posting on TABI, feel free 
to send your comments directly to Brian at Brian.Waterman@xxxxxxxxxx . 

     

    1.     FTA funding has now been approved to proceed with installing the 
braille signage at bus stops! It is logical to begin installing them in the 
areas where the bus routes intersect. What other areas and stops do you see as 
a priority, and why? 

     

     

    2.     So far, the City and StarMetro have installed audible signals/APS at 
10 out of the 15 intersections that were identified as being "high priority." 
The rest are still in the works. A change to the priority list (see attached 
list) has been requested. When the list was originally created, it was 
determined that an audible signal/APS at Adams St. and Tennessee St. was of 
high priority. Since then, several of the buses have been re-routed to go into 
the transfer plaza, decreasing the necessity for riders to walk in the vicinity 
to make their transfers. It is being recommended that the Adams and Tennessee 
intersection be dropped to a lower priority. Instead, it is being recommended 
that the city proceed with installation of audible signals/APS at the two 
following intersections (already listed as a high priority): a) Mahan Dr. and 
Magnolia Dr. and b) Seventh Ave. and Monroe St. (near the Senior Center). 

     

    Please weigh in on each of these topics. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

     

     


    Evelyn Worley, COMS, CVRT
    Assistant Director
    Lighthouse of the Big Bend
    (850) 942-3658 x203
    Fax (850) 942-4518

    Lighthouse of the Big Bend "Guiding People Through Vision Loss"
    3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32301

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