This is interesting. They need a route into Governor's Square Mall because how the heck can a blind person effectively do this? I mean, like, going to the mall? Also, Dial-a-wait (dial-a-ride) is prioritizing travel routes for us who don't do doc appointments and the like, so how are we to get to places like the mall and do so safely?
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Date sent: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:53:34 -0500Subject: [tabi] from today's Democrat: Lack of quorum stalls vote
on bus changes
January 22, 2010
Lack of quorum stalls vote on bus changes By TaMaryn Waters DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER
The city of Tallahassee's Transit Advisory Committee, a
board, couldn'tvote on StarMetro's proposed Nova 2010 plan Thursday night since
didn't have a quorum.A special meeting is now set for Thursday so the committee can
whether tosupport the plan, which includes changes in how the city's bus
operates. StarMetroplanners will use the vote as a guide for finishing a draft
map, whichhas had eight revisions since August. It's slated to go before
Commission in March.During Thursday's meeting, several concerns were brought up by
members and riders. Those include safety, particularly when crossing busy intersections,the elimination of a route into Governor's Square mall and a need
more audible signals. "The safety concerns are riding over everything," Kevin Davis, a committee member and StarMetro rider, said.Davis said he supports some of the proposals, but he said the
concerns are "overwhelming" compared to the plan's benefits.Owen McCaul, a bus rider, agreed, especially since the new plan
transfer pointsbut only two audible signals, which he says are helpful for
disabilities."I really feel like they are not giving adequate attention to the
concerns," McCaul said.Sam Scheib, a senior StarMetro planner, said the plan, which is
to decentralizethe bus system, would create bus-transfer spots across town
run all routesthrough the C.K. Steele Plaza. It would increase the number of
coming to abus stop during peak hours, and it would reduce routes in some
He said planners are looking into safety and logistical issues.
draft has beenchanged several times as a result of input from riders. For
service to TrojanTrail was added instead of backtracking on Conner Boulevard, and
route" wasdivided into two different routes in an effort to increase
between the south side and Lake Jackson areas.Some riders were worried about the lack of sidewalks at some of
points.Scheib said the city is working on that, although he couldn't
they'd be complete by nova2010's target launch in December.As for a route into Governor's Square mall, Scheib said it would
$46,000 per year. He said the plan must remain "cost neutral.""If we can get Governor's Square mall to pay for it, then we can
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