[tabi] Re: Letter distributed at the TDCB last week

  • From: "Easy Talk" <easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 13:52:08 -0400

Hi Carl,
Thanks for the info.  I am surprised the board didn't know about this.  From 
the letter, it sounds like the city wanted even more.  I am just waiting for 
the move to privatize Dial A ride.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: carl mccoy 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, October 26, 2009 12:49 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Letter distributed at the TDCB last week

  This a letter distributed at the last meeting at the end of the meeting, but 
not fully explained. It is clear from this letter that the decission was 
already made, since Star Metro apparently does not wish to renew, that is 
pretty much it, end of story. I am irritated in that it was not at all 
discussed with the board until after the fact when it obviously had to be in 
the mill well before  the meeting, and very probably was planned to coincide 
with Donna's retirement.  Star Metro claims it was costing them even more than 
they were charging even though their charges seems exorbitant. anyway here it 

  Leon County

  Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board


  October 21, 2009


  J. OR. Harding, Chair

  Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

  655 Suwannee Street



  Dear Chairman Harding;


  The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB) of Leon County 
regretfully notifies you that the City of Tallahassee is ending its role of 
Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for our program.


  As the CTC, Star and Paratransit Superintendent Donna Peacock have advanced 
transportation options for this important segment of the population. The last 
seven years have seen many successes, and the milestones achieved by StarMetro 
will be forever part of the coordinated system in Leon County.


  However, as times change, and as costs increase for the rider, the operator 
and the coordinator, it becomes increasingly important that as much available 
grant funding as possible be put into the actual movement of persons to 
services. The best coordination comes with a price; and as costs tighten the 
existing budget, the TDCB recommends that the best use of the funding is to 
return the system to the private sector. Administrative costs, salaries, 
pensions, and operating and indirect costs are generally much lower in the 
private sector, and this change will allow more of the limited funding to reach 
the system users.


  The TDCB applauds the generosity shown by the City of Tallahassee in reaching 
our shared goal of putting more money into services. We regret that the change 
is taking place, however our shared goal of serving this special-needs 
population is paramount.


  Bob Rackleff

  Chair, Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board

  Leon County Commissioner



  Mr. Bobby Jernigan, FL Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

  Ms. Anita Favors- Thompson, City of Tallahassee

  Mr. Parwez Alam, Leon County Board of County Commissioners

  Harry Reed, Executive Director, CRTPA

  Mr. Ron Garrison, StarMetro

  Ms. Colleen Roland, CRTPA

  CRTPA Members via November meeting agenda package

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