[tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Completes Draft Bus Stop Analysis for Decentralization

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:13:55 -0400

Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Completes Draft Bus Stop 
Analysis for Decentralization

      StarMetro Completes Draft Bus Stop Analysis for Decentralization
      Now Open for Public Input on the Proposed Nova2010 Bus Stop Locations 

      After a thorough bus stop analysis with a consultant and citizen/bus 
operator group, which took place over the summer, StarMetro has released the 
preliminary bus stop locations for Nova2010, the route decentralization project 
approved by the City Commission last spring. 

      In order to gain feedback on the proposed bus stop locations, StarMetro 
staff will hold a public meeting on Thursday, August 12, from 7 to 10 a.m. in 
C.K. Steele Plaza. Members of the public who cannot attend this meeting on 
August 12 may view the bus stop location maps online and email feedback to 
nova2010project@xxxxxxxxxx or starmetro@xxxxxxxxxx and/or call StarMetro's main 
office at 850-891-5200.

      Currently, StarMetro utilizes 1,052 bus stops spread out across the City 
of Tallahassee. Most of these bus stops are fairly close to one another, less 
than a quarter of a mile. 

      "Of the 286 eliminated bus stops, most would be eliminated under the 
Nova2010 system due to proximity," said Ron Garrison, Executive Director of 
StarMetro. "Many of our bus stops are simply too close to one another."

      According to the preliminary bus stop analysis, the Nova2010 
decentralized system would utilize 766 bus stops. Of these 766 bus stops, 478 
currently exist in today's system, and 288 are brand-new bus stops. These new 
bus stops would be placed along corridors that are not served today and that 
would be served in the Nova2010 system - corridors, such as North Monroe 
Street, Magnolia Drive, Capital Circle NE/SE and portions of Orange Avenue and 
Blair Stone Road. Most of the Nova2010 bus stops would be placed within 3/10 of 
a mile from one another and at major intersections and trip generators.

      "This draft bus stop analysis took quite a while to complete, but with 
the help of the consultant and the citizen/bus operator group and with support 
from the Transit Advisory Committee, we are ready to release this information," 
said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. "We hope to get good 
feedback and suggestions from the public so that we can move forward with 
implementing Nova2010."

      StarMetro's Nova2010 route decentralization project aims to take the 
current downtown oriented route structure and break apart each route to create 
a more grid-like route structure with routes running from north to south and 
east to west, many bypassing downtown's C.K. Steele Plaza. 

      For more information, please call StarMetro's main office at 850-891-5200 
or visit Talgov.com/starmetro. For additional project updates, please call the 
Nova2010 hotline at 850-891-5283 or email nova2010project@xxxxxxxxxxx Citizens 
may also follow updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit and 
Twitter at @starmetro_ .

      Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Administrator, 891-5564; or Heather 
Teter, StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206
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