here's the article from today's Democrat, which has a summary of the route changes: tallahassee.com July 30, 2009 StarMetro changes routes Saturday By Jay Christie DEMOCRAT WRITER Beginning Saturday, Tallahassee's StarMetro will be making several changes to its transit system. The plan includes revisions to eight routes and the addition of two new ones. Four routes will be eliminated, but Ronald Garrison, executive director of StarMetro, said the system will be more efficient. Some of the changes include Route 26, which has been revised to add service along Paul Russell Road, Orange Avenue, Blair Stone Road, and Old Augustine Road. It will discontinue service to Governor's Square mall and the Winewood complex. Route 12 will extend service on Mahan Drive to Weems Road. "We wanted to provide more service with the same or fewer resources," Garrison said. "With these service improvements, our patrons will experience increased efficiency and on-time performance." Garrison said StarMetro held sessions with bus drivers, riders, and the public before taking action. "We are trying to improve on top performance," he said. "We have made considerable progress. We have not received any complaints. We're always looking for ways to make the routes better." Ridership has increased by 13 percent, he said. Mark Taylor, a Tallahassee resident who uses the bus as his primary transportation, said the change may be a good idea. "Eliminating routes is a good start to improve StarMetro's use of manpower and eliminate redundancy," Taylor said. "This is the capital of Florida, you'd expect to have better transportation here than anywhere in the state." Additional Facts Star metro changes d Route 1: revised to cover portions of discontinued route 9; revised route will include segment from Portland Ave. at Old Bainbridge Rd. to High Rd. at W. Tharpe St. d Route 3: to be discontinued, but coinciding with new routes 53 and 54 that will provide improved service to Tallahassee Community College students and new service to the Ghazvini Learning Center and other offices along Blountstown Highway. d Route 9: to be discontinued (see route 1 information). d Route 10: to be discontinued, but coinciding with route 18 that will provide more direct service along Mahan Dr. and Capital Circle N.E. d Route 12: extends service on Mahan Dr. to Weems Rd., to provide new park-and-ride options for Buck Lake and Fallschase area residents. d Route 18: revised (see route 10 information), and will now operate Monday-Saturday. d Route 20: revised to serve the High Magnetic Laboratory and adjacent offices in the Innovation Park complex; also adds an additional stop for Florida State University's Alumni Village. d Route 21: revised to include service to W. Tennessee St., Capital Circle N.W. and Commonwealth Blvd. Discontinued service along Blountstown Highway and Mission Rd. to be absorbed by new routes 53 and 54. d Route 25: revised from an hourly route to service every half-hour, including service to Governor's Square. d Route 26: revised to add service along Paul Russell Rd., Orange Ave., Blair Stone Rd. and Old St. Augustine Rd.; will also discontinue service to Governor's Square and Winewood Complex. d Route 28: revised to cover portions of discontinued route 35; will run along W. Pensacola St., Appleyard Dr., Jackson Bluff Rd. and Ausley Rd. d Route 35: to be discontinued (see route 28 information). d Route 53: new route (see route 3 information). d Route 54: new route (see route 3 information). b/ss/gpaper223,gntbcstglobal/1/H.3-pdv-2/s78113703055757?[AQB]&ndh=1&t=3 0/6/2009%2017%3A49%3A38%204%20240&g=http%3A//www.tallahassee.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article%3FAID%3D/20090730/NEWS01/907300313%26template%3Dprintart& cc=USD&server=publicus&events=event3&v1=Tallahassee%3Atallahassee&v5=loc al_news&c6=news&c7=local_news&c16=article&c23=http%3A//www.tallahassee.c om/apps/pbcs.dll/article%3FAID%3D/20090730/NEWS01/907300313%26template%3 Dprintart&c25=Tallahassee%3Atallahassee&c29=1&c38=false&c48=no%20segment &c50=Newspaper&pid=StarMetro%20changes%20routes%20Saturday%2820090730020 0%29&pidt=1&oid=functionanonymous%28%29%7BtrackLink4Accounts%28s_account %2C%27printthis%27%29%3B%7D&oidt=2&ot=A&oi=317&s=1280x1024&c=32&j=1.3&v= Y&k=Y&bw=804&bh=604&ct=lan&hp=N&[AQE] ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) ________________________________ From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lynn Evans Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:45 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] New Star Metro Ride Guides are out Hello All: And they are as inaccessible as ever. I will be working on some kind of bus schedule that can be put on a flesh card for the Victor Reader Stream. Some thing basic that want take too long for someone to arrow down through to find the information they require. I guess it would be a text file. or really go high tech with a DAISY file. Anyone do DAISY? If anyone has any ideas please let me know. The new schedule starts this Saturday! Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI to unsubscribe send a message, containing a subject line of the word unsubscribe, to tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 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.