[tabi] Re: Fw: your experiences with Dial A Ride

  • From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 08:27:09 -0400

Hi windy,

Thanks for your support.  I am collecting all the info people give me so we 
have proof of the problems and will add yours to the list.  I will keep you 
posted on progress.

Robert

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: wendy.hoss@xxxxxxxxxxx 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, April 05, 2013 4:42 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: your experiences with Dial A Ride


  Robert,

  I whole-heartedly agree. The drivers are completely overbooked, I have been 
late to work twice when I have to go to the office at TCC and it was due of 
course to overbooking.  Also to add to your list is one that I fussed about 
many times before and that is being allowed more than one escort. People with 
disabilities have families too - it works in Jacksonville and BTW you pay less 
per ride over there. I will be happy to go to city hall with you.  I don't 
really know how much help we will get from others in the community but I am 
willing to try.

  Thanks,

  Wendy


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  From: "Easy Talk" <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Sent: Thursday, April 4, 2013 5:18:12 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Fw: your experiences with Dial A Ride



  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Easy Talk 
  To: Rosser, Andrea 
  Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 5:16 PM
  Subject: Re: [tabi] your experiences with Dial A Ride


  Hi Andie,

  Thanks for your prompt attention to my concerns.  I look forward to your 
call.  you can reach me at 906-9821

  Robert

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Rosser, Andrea 
    To: Easy Talk ; Maldonado, Ivan ; Hudson, Jann 
    Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 1:06 PM
    Subject: Re: [tabi] your experiences with Dial A Ride


    Mr. Miller,


    Thank you for forwarding this to me.  I believe we can fix the issues you 
have listed below.  StarMetro would appreciate the opportunity to talk with you 
about each issue prior to the City Manager/Mayor/ Commissioners getting 
involved.


    Having involved citizens like you is what makes our system better.


    I will give you a call tomorrow.


    Thank you,
    Andie


    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE DROID


    Easy Talk <Easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:



    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Easy Talk 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, April 04, 2013 11:04 AM
    Subject: [tabi] your experiences with Dial A Ride


    What have been your experiences with Dial A Ride since the Decentralization 
of the bus system.  It is my understanding that 100 new users have registered 
and been approved for service but there has been no expansion of vehicles or 
drivers and drivers say they are being over booked.  Recently Sila totally 
missed a dentist appointment, had to wait for two hours to get a return trip 
home from a medical appointment and just this morning was picked up 1 hour 
after her scheduled pick up at 7-30 for a two hour medical procedure.
    Since Dial A ride starts pickups at 6-30 AM, with in a hour they were 
already a hour behind.

    As we all know public transportation has declined in Tallahassee and Leon 
county for the past five years and we also know transportation is a vital 
service for the visually impaired.  I think it is time that the disabled 
community stand up and try to remedy some of our transportation problems and at 
least get it back to what it was five years ago. I propose we start with Dial A 
ride and work our way up to night and non sponsored county service. I am not 
particularly interested in doing this under the guise of TCB or the local NFB 
chapter but as disabled citizens who need a service that is reasonable by 
contacting city and county  commissioners by phone, email and requesting for 
agenda time on both boards.  We can also use media coverage to get there 
attention.

    Here are the things I think will help as far as Dial A ride is concerned

    1 not sure who made this rule but you can not have a dispatcher check on 
your ride until the vehicle is 30 minutes late.  This means if DAR screwed up 
you only have 30 minutes to make your appointment and from my experience you 
will be late.  This needs to be immediately changed to 15 minutes.  The fact 
that you have to wait 20 minutes after your pickup  time to see if you are on 
the schedule must be scrapped.

    2 Dial A ride must have at least one vehicle available at all times to deal 
with over books and scheduling changes such as some one not being ready for 
pickup from  a medical appointment.

    3 as soon as possible the City needs to acquire vehicles and drivers to 
meet the demands due to decentralization of the bus system.  They created the 
monster so let them pay the price.

    4 The city needs to look for a better schedule routing system for more 
efficient scheduling and not allow drivers to be scheduled for more pickups and 
drop offs that aren't physically possible.

    5 have the rule changed that allows self inflicted driving privileged 
restricted/DUI people  removed from being able to use Para transit.  Just 
imagine, A drunk driver can cause you to be late for your doctors appointment 
or not be allowed to go grocery shopping.

    Folks, this is a serious issue and it is time we stand up and do something 
about it.  I hope you will join me in this indever.  I think the issue can be 
dealt with in the manner I have outlined.  I think we have a few city and 
county commissioners who care and may just not be aware of the problem.  About 
a year and a half ago, a bunch of us went to the city commission meeting and at 
that meeting when I spoke, I gave each commissioner a document of research I 
had done on the Polaris traffic signals and many of you know that is what the 
city is using now so it can work with some effort on your part.  Once we get 
Dial A ride back on track, we can move to the other transportation issues.

    Thanks Robert
      


      
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