Hi all, Today I received a call from Brian Waterman, a senior planner at StarMetro. He wished to answer any questions regarding the New Freedom Program funding. In our discussion he made the following points: * Only non-profit agencies, and transportation providers (such as Big Bend) can apply for these funds. They must provide a 50% match of their own for any funds they receive. * Anyone who doesn't feel there's enough time left to get a proposal together can call Brian Waterman at StarMetro, and he will arrange assistance with preparing the project funding request (which needs only to be a two page summary at this stage). * The money should be available again next year for anyone who wants to plan for a project. * Yes, transportation providers were made aware of this funding several weeks before the notice was published in the Democrat. I asked, and Brian agreed, for local non-profits relating to disabilities to be placed on the list of those to be notified of funding available for disability-related projects. He had no explanation as to why they had not been included, nor why the requests for braille signage for bus stops were not answered with an explanation of this program as one possible way that could be achieved. I hope this information helps answer any questions. Chip ------------------------------ 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.) > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Allison and > Chip Orange > Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2010 6:36 PM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] StarMetro call for projects for the disabled > > Hi all, > > In today's Democrat is an announcement from StarMetro in > which they announce > they have approximately $47000 in stimulus funding, which is > to be used for > projects which aid the disabled in transportation needs, and > overcoming > barriers, beyond the ADA. This is called the "New Freedom Program". > > Projects must be submitted to StarMetro by September 24th. for more > information contact Andrea Rosser at StarMetro. > > personally, I find this announcement bewildering, since I've > been hearing > from a group of local blind activists who have been communicating with > StarMetro on the needs of blind riders, that StarMetro has > repeatedly said > they do not have enough funds to put braille labels on all > bus stops in the > new Nova 2010 program. They have not once mentioned (to my > knowledge), the > existence of this program. > > In fact, I cannot find documentation on this program on their > web site, and > this is the first mention of it I've come across. I don't > see how anyone > can be expected to design and cost out a perspective project > by September > 24th. > > > Chip > > Check out the TABI resource web page at > http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI > and please make suggestions for new material. > > > > 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. > Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI and please make suggestions for new material. 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.