I don't disagree about the mall. I do have updated info on your comment on StarMetro Para transit, I'm sick of calling it Dial-A-Ride, cause it isn't and never was. Anyway, StarMetro Para transit proper is not prioritizing rides, just the CTC or Community Transit. The part that I think big Bend is doing with Dial-A-Ride for after hours/weekends outside of the StarMetro coverage area. Call to be sure, but it all operates as long as you have bus service in your area at that time. Sorry in advance group, I couldn't pull the individual email out here; By the way Beth, My daughter is Sharon Davis who you met at Raa Middle School last in world choir. Take care all, Kevin Davis. -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Beth Sent: Friday, January 22, 2010 2:10 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: Lack of quorum stalls vote on bus changes 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? Beth > ----- Original Message ----- >From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx >To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >Date sent: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:53:34 -0500 >Subject: [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 citizen-advisory >board, couldn't >vote on StarMetro's proposed Nova 2010 plan Thursday night since it >didn't have a >quorum. >A special meeting is now set for Thursday so the committee can vote on >whether to >support the plan, which includes changes in how the city's bus system >operates. StarMetro >planners will use the vote as a guide for finishing a draft report and >map, which >has had eight revisions since August. It's slated to go before the City >Commission >in March. >During Thursday's meeting, several concerns were brought up by committee >members >and riders. Those include safety, particularly when crossing busy >intersections, >the elimination of a route into Governor's Square mall and a need for >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 safety >concerns are >"overwhelming" compared to the plan's benefits. >Owen McCaul, a bus rider, agreed, especially since the new plan has 39 >transfer points >but only two audible signals, which he says are helpful for people with >disabilities. >"I really feel like they are not giving adequate attention to the safety >concerns," >McCaul said. >Sam Scheib, a senior StarMetro planner, said the plan, which is designed >to decentralize >the bus system, would create bus-transfer spots across town rather than >run all routes >through the C.K. Steele Plaza. It would increase the number of buses >coming to a >bus stop during peak hours, and it would reduce routes in some areas. >He said planners are looking into safety and logistical issues. The >draft has been >changed several times as a result of input from riders. For example, >service to Trojan >Trail was added instead of backtracking on Conner Boulevard, and a "loop >route" was >divided into two different routes in an effort to increase connectivity >between the >south side and Lake Jackson areas. >Some riders were worried about the lack of sidewalks at some of transfer >points. >Scheib said the city is working on that, although he couldn't guarantee >they'd be >complete by nova2010's target launch in December. >As for a route into Governor's Square mall, Scheib said it would cost >$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 do it," >he said. >Or, Scheib said, some other service will be affected. >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.