[tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro to Install 51 New Shelters for Route Decentralization

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  • Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2011 11:20:05 -0500

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Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro to Install 51 New 
Shelters for Route Decentralization

      StarMetro to Install 51 New Shelters for Route Decentralization

      Today, StarMetro will begin installing 51 shelters across the city in 
preparation for the July launch of its route decentralization plan known as 
Nova2010. The complete list and map of shelter placements is available online 
at Talgov.com/starmetro. At its regular meeting yesterday, the Tallahassee City 
Commission approved funding for shelter installation.

      "Our goal is to have 30 new shelters installed by the launch of 
Nova2010," said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. "The shelters 
not completed by the launch date will continue to be installed after the launch 
in a timely and efficient manner."

      The shelters, which measure 13-feet wide and 5-feet deep, will feature a 
four-seat bench and space for a wheelchair. 

      StarMetro will partner with the City's Public Works Department to install 
each shelter. First priority shelter installations will begin within the 
multi-modal transportation district (MMTD), which is the area roughly between 
Tharpe Street to the north, Orange Avenue to the south, Blountstown Highway to 
the west and Magnolia Drive to the east. Most of shelters placed within this 
area will be along major thoroughfares -- all of which are currently served by 
the existing StarMetro system. Upon installation of these shelters, customers 
may begin using them to access the current StarMetro system. 

      During installation, StarMetro and the City's Public Works Department 
will adhere to the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act 

      "The concrete pads poured for the shelter installations will actually be 
quite a bit larger than the shelter itself," said Garrison. "We intentionally 
did this in hopes of installing additional amenities, such as bicycle racks, in 
the future."

      Funding for these shelters will come from concurrency funds, which are 
transportation mitigation fees. 
      "As more funds become available, we hope to install an additional 20 
shelters in fall/winter," said Garrison. "With these extra 20 shelters on top 
of the 51 shelters we'll begin installing soon, we will have doubled the number 
of our shelters and benches available for customers."

      StarMetro's Nova2010 route decentralization project will take the current 
single-transfer, downtown oriented route structure and break it apart to create 
41 new transfer options across the city - making transit a better option for 
many more existing and potential customers. This new route structure will have 
numerous advantages for customers and businesses, such as a higher frequency in 
service, lower travel time and more transfer options. 

      For more information, please visit Talgov.com/starmetro or call 891-5200. 
Other ways to view information include 'liking' StarMetro's official Facebook 
page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit. 

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