Note: comments are paste below the article. StarMetro Addresses Concerns of Elderly Community Posted: 11:45 AM Aug 15, 2011 Reporter: Lanetra Bennett Email Address: lanetra.bennett@xxxxxxx Beginning this Thursday, August 18, StarMetro will begin providing fixed-route feeder service to the residents of Miccosukee Hills, a housing complex for seniors and disabled persons located at 3201 Miccosukee Road, according to a statement by StarMetro. "Currently, we serve the entrance of this complex with the San Luis route, which runs along Miccosukee Road," said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. "However, we have received numerous requests from residents to include service in the housing complex." To provide fixed-route service to Miccosukee Hills residents, StarMetro will use Dial-A-Ride vehicles to transport customers to adjacent fixed-route transfer locations. These StarStop transfer locations are located at: Capital Regional Medical Center, where customers may transfer to the San Luis route, and The intersection of Miccosukee Road and Capital Circle NE, where customers may transfer to the Red Hills route. This new feeder service will operate Monday through Friday and adhere to StarMetro's holiday schedule. Pickup times in the Miccosukee Hills complex will be at 6:55 a.m., 9:11 a.m. and 1:06 p.m. Drop-off times will be at 9:35 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:16 p.m. The cost for this service is $0.60 for senior and disabled customers and $1.25 for the general public. Feeder service customers will receive a transfer ticket, which may be used to transfer to a fixed route. StarMetro staff will evaluate the performance of the feeder service six months after implementation. Additional service adjustments may be made based on ridership and specific service needs. "It is important for us to listen to our customers, especially those customers with special needs," said Garrison. "To accommodate the request for service from residents of Miccosukee Hills, we really had to get creative; now, I think we have a solution that works for everyone." COMMENTS: by justice for the elderly Location: tally on Aug 15, 2011 at 02:37 PM I was totally disappointed in this “new” system…there should have been consideration for the elderly at the front end oif this project, there are elderly in the 4 low income housing projects that don’t even know how they can go anywhere because of the distance of the nearest bus stop. How about some help from the community on this, everyone who planned this has cars & have no need to take the bus. Park your cars for a couple of weeks & take the bus! There is an undo on every home computer, laptop etc….undo this mess you’ve made, your time our dollar. by Matt Location: Tallahassee on Aug 15, 2011 at 01:21 PM The past 60-odd years has seen urban development in the USA shift almost exclusively to the driving-only method, thanks to (formerly) cheap oil, auto/oil industry lobbying, land-use codes that codify exurban sprawl, and Americans themselves, who are known for "driving to the mailbox". Mass transit has been relegated to something for "people who can't afford to drive", largely ignored and funding-starved. Now that oil's getting expensive and we have a rapidly growing senior population, mass transit seems to be drumming up support. Yes--part of it involves the City Commission ponying up the funding to run transit more often and for more hours. But it also involves massive changes in land use. Current land-use patterns are not designed to support mass transit. We have got to get rid of regressive land-use codes that force low building density and off-street parking, and we have to start designing 100% of streets with pedestrian orientation. A quick look at Miccosukee Hills, and it's pretty obvious the designer never meant for residents to do anything other than drive everywhere--including the mailbox. by Owen on Jul 29, 2011 at 06:40 AM The residents of Miccosukee Hills met with StarMetro bureaucrats several times at the so called "listening sessions" before the new system was launched. Their pleas for assistance were ignored. The pedestrian safety issue was also brought to their attention (see the 2009 "Dangerous by Design" study which says that Tallahassee's streets are more than twice as dangerous as the national average, but that issue was ignored, too. by Vicki Location: Tallahassee on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM I can understand some of the changes that have been made but seriously??? By cutting the route through Miccosukee Hills and making the seniors and disabled have to go to one of the most dangerous roads, and if that's not bad enough, have them have to wait just inches from the roadway, just proves that those in charge of Star Metro have set the city up for one huge potential lawsuit. Now multiply that by the number of other areas that have not yet been highlighted in a news story and we have not moved from huge to class-action. Someone's going to get rich and it won't be the City. by i agree on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:59 PM in reply to Vicki seniors and disabled live all over tallahassee and they want to keep their independance. it would probaly cost more if all of them used dial r ride. the problem is not the routes it's the infrequecy of some routes and lack of routes where they need to be routes. they extend the city limit out but none of the ammenities such as comcast, garbarge service(paid seperately not on your utility bill) and frequent bus service with "real time" if I have to be to work at 7:30 am a bus that runs hourly and starts at 7:00 won't cut it. by Kat Woman Location: Tallahassee on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM I think the bus system should still go in to the neighborhoods that has elderly, disabled and handicapped residents. These people relied upon the bus as their only means of transportation to do shopping, doctors appointments, etc. Tallahassee is not a major big city compared to Orlando, Tampa & Jacksonville. I would like to see the buses continue on the old routes in certain neighborhoods where they are needed the most especially where the elderly, disabled or handicapped have to walk two to three blocks just to catch the bus thats not fair to them. It is too hot, gotta think bout when its raining and too cold etc. Star etro please reconsider these bus routes and also you gotta think about the students when they come back in August for fall classes its gone interesting to see what happens. Have a nice day. by Frank on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:08 PM I'm afraid I have to go back almost 40 years to indicate what the problem is with the city bus transportation system, whether it be called Taltran, Star Metro, or by any other name. The city of Tallahassee took over a profitable private bus system from the Carter family and turned it into a money losing proposition almost overnight; well, within the first year or so at least. Any questions? by A former rider on Jul 28, 2011 at 05:20 PM in reply to Frank Larry Carter & his father before him knew how to run a bus system. They cared about their riders. I hope Ron Garrison will start thinking about the riders, and not the profits. Because with out the riders, there is NO profits.