FYI Free bus rides offered this Saturday 12:04 AM, Dec. 6, 2011 | http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20111206/NEWS01/112060316/Free-bus-rides-offered-Saturday?odyssey=nav|head By TaMaryn Waters Democrat staff writer The city of Tallahassee is pushing for more residents to shop at local businesses throughout the year, and now StarMetro is waiving bus fares Saturday as a way to entice holiday shoppers to patronize local businesses. City commissioners quickly approved the fare waiver last week at their mini workshop retreat. Rick Minor, the mayor's chief of staff, said the idea came from staffers in the mayor's office and from residents. Saturday was picked since it coincides with the next Local Business Saturday shopping promotion, which started this year to spotlight random local businesses across Tallahassee. Waiving the fees will cost StarMetro an estimated $1,500 in lost revenue, Minor said. But he said it's a sacrifice worth making. "We believe the economic benefits to the community would outweigh that," said Minor, who added the effort could help boost StarMetro's customer service to riders. Natalie Sellars, owner of That's Mine Monogramming & Gifts on Market Street near Market Square, said she had no idea the city would take such a big hit by giving free rides on Saturday. As a small-business owner, she said, "It makes me feel important." She added that she appreciates the fact that the city would show its support of local businesses by providing free rides on Saturday. Sellars said there is a bus stop near her business, and she hopes the effort will encourage potential shoppers to travel to various parts of the city they may not normally visit. And, of course, she's hoping those bus riders will spend money. "This will give us an opportunity to see new faces. As a local businesses, that's always important," Sellars said. -- Lighthouse of the Big Bend Guiding People Through Vision Loss 3071 Highland Oaks Terrace Tallahassee, FL 32301 (850) 942-3658 www.lighthousebigbend.org 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.