Thanks William. Just an FYI, last week, when I posted an article from the Democrat by Tamaran Waters on the latest StarMetro listening session, I spoke with Ms. Waters regarding some of the problems and the concerns raised here on TABI. She wasn't aware that transfers would be required across dangerous or difficult traffic intersections, along with many other aspects of how the plan would possibly effect the disabled. she seemed very interested in writing a follow-up piece, and seemed to indicate that she would speak to StarMetro about issues such as the intersections being used as transfer points. I haven't heard any more from her, and so don't know what the status is of her follow-on article; however, if it's still in progress, as you say, it may be a good opportunity to garner consessions from StarMetro if/when it's published. hth, Chip ----- Original Message ----- From: blindwilly To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 1:11 PM Subject: [tabi] Nova Plan Greetings, In view of the entire goings on, I thought I would write a little on what is happening with the NOVA new bus schedule. As many of you know, not only did Sam Scheib come to our TCB meeting, but he brought the entire team to put down rumors and take suggestions for the new plan. What follows is what I can think of now, but there will be lots more to come. With MiccosukeeHills,, I made the suggestion that they compromise and instead of stopping on the road, where there is a ditch, and driving all threw the complex,at least pulling into the parking lot where folks could come and meat the bus. He immediately thought that would be a good suggestion for a compromise. I also asked about the governors Square Mall, I pointed out that just by virtue that there is handicapped parking up close to the building, that the state and federal government know the danger of walking threw un controlled traffic. Again he said he would take that to heart and had his secretary write it down. After Sam left our meeting he called and told us that he had been working on our suggestions and had one of his own. He is per posing putting in audible signals at every place where there is a transfer that requires crossing the street. Folks, this amounts to sum 39 audible signals and I think it is something to be commended. You all know that White Cane Days is coming up on Thursday and Sally and my Tallassee chapter of Lions are going to be out in forse. We will be carrying signs at Magnolia and call, as well as Capital Circle and Mahan. We will have sleep shades for members and others to use to cross the street and I have plenty of white canes for them to experience. Sam's public relations person along with our Lions president, Ray Maloy will be inviting the media. They have already contacted the police department and they have shown a willingness to work with Star Metro on traffic issues. I think this new bus plan has left us with a great opportunity to get some concessions before we are left behind. It has come after years of hard work and you our blind citizens are the ones to thank. Please let us all know if you hear any new news on this subject and we will all be working together, rather than pulling against each other. PS, Sam and his team will be back to TCB after the first of the year and staying as partners in this. William William Benjamin, Piano Tuner Extraordinaire. The tuner alone preserves the tone.