[tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2009 12:47:52 -0400

Oh I agree absolutely; I had thought that this obvious conclusion had
not reached them when they first implemented priorities though.

Chip





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> -----Original Message-----
> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Easy Talk
> Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 5:36 AM
> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> 
> HI Chip,
> 
> It has always been that way and should be.  If you can't get 
> to the grocery 
> store then all the trips will be medical.
> 
> Robert
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 1:40 PM
> Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> 
> 
> > Allison of course is the one who found this article in the 
> Democrat, but
> > she said it's almost an entire page, and the many pictures 
> are great;
> > she said if anything at all can change the way things are, 
> this article
> > should do it!
> >
> > Also, I never remember hearing that going to the grocery store was a
> > priority class before today; has that always been the case, 
> that they
> > would give priority to the grocery store over recreational 
> trips??? Or
> > is this a very recent change, made for it's PR value???
> >
> > thanks.
> >
> > Chip
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > Chip Orange
> > Database Administrator
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> >
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Armington, Mycell
> >> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 1:17 PM
> >> To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >> Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> >>
> >> Thank you MR. A. I just want things to get better for us all!
> >> Warm regards,
> >>
> >> Mycell Armington (Cellie)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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> >> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> >> Behalf Of Charles Atkins
> >> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 12:40 PM
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> >> Subject: [tabi] Re: from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> >>
> >> Ms. Mycell!
> >>
> >> Ms. I applaud you,
> >>
> >> your courage and,
> >>
> >> your leadership!
> >>
> >> Charles Atkins
> >>
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >> Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 8:19 AM
> >> Subject: [tabi] from today's Democrat: article on Dial-a-Ride
> >>
> >>
> >> > June 8, 2009
> >> > Some Dial-A-Ride users left waiting
> >> > With a funding decrease, service has had to prioritize rides
> >> > By Doug Blackburn
> >> > DEMOCRAT SENIOR WRITER
> >> > Mycell Armington leads a busy life.
> >> > She works at the Social Security Administration as a contact
> >> > representative,
> >> > a job
> >> > she's held for the past 31 years. She's a worship leader in her
> >> church,
> >> > and
> >> > in her
> >> > spare time she visits correctional facilities to preach 
> to inmates.
> >> > But Armington is finding Leon County considerably more 
> difficult to
> >> > navigate
> >> > in the
> >> > past two months.
> >> > Armington, who is legally blind, lives just north of the
> >> city limits.
> >> She
> >> > relies
> >> > on Dial-A-Ride's community transportation program for 
> almost all of
> >> her
> >> > trips.
> >> > But due to a decrease in state funding - compounded by an
> >> increase in
> >> > ridership -
> >> > Dial-A-Ride has been forced for the first time to institute
> >> a priority
> >> > system for
> >> > providing rides. Medical trips are the No. 1 priority, 
> followed by
> >> > employment-education
> >> > and grocery shopping.
> >> > "It's gotten much worse," Armington said. "It's totally
> >> bumped people
> >> off
> >> > of
> >> > any
> >> > going to church. It's considered a social activity, instead of
> >> spiritual
> >> > or
> >> > mental-health
> >> > enrichment.
> >> > "It's taken away my freedoms," she added. "It's a major issue."
> >> > Armington isn't the only one who's struggling to cope 
> with the new
> >> > priority
> >> > system
> >> > at Dial-A-Ride, which she has taken to calling "Dial-A-Wait." The
> >> priority
> >> > system
> >> > went into effect at the end of March.
> >> > Dorothy Martin, who lives just east of the city limits, is
> >> frustrated
> >> that
> >> > she can
> >> > no longer get rides for classes at the Senior Center.
> >> > "I can't even go to the grocery store when I want to now," Martin
> >> said. "I
> >> > don't
> >> > have a life now that they've cut the service back so much.
> >> I can't go
> >> > anywhere anymore."
> >> > Ronald Garrison, executive director at StarMetro, said 
> he empathizes
> >> with
> >> > riders
> >> > who consider the new priority system an inconvenience. Almost all
> >> > recreational trips
> >> > have been eliminated, he said, because of the decrease in
> >> funding from
> >> the
> >> > Commission
> >> > for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD), the state 
> agency housed
> >> within
> >> > the Department
> >> > of Transportation.
> >> > "People need to be talking to their legislators to look 
> at different
> >> ways
> >> > to
> >> > provide
> >> > the funding," Garrison said.
> >> > Leon County's CTD funding for the current fiscal year was
> >> decreased by
> >>
> >> > about
> >> > $19,000,
> >> > from $446,373 to $427,768, according to Donna Peacock, 
> StarMetro's
> >> > superintendent
> >> > of paratransit operations.
> >> > Meanwhile, ridership is up significantly. For the first six
> >> months of
> >> the
> >> > fiscal
> >> > year, which started Oct. 1, there were 109,836 riders, 
> compared to
> >> 96,329
> >> > the previous
> >> > year, Peacock said. This includes the bus-pass program.
> >> > "We've run this (paratransit) program five years, and never
> >> had to put
> >> a
> >> > priority
> >> > policy in place," Peacock said. "It's sort of come to a head now.
> >> > "Some of that may be due to the economy and more folks needing
> >> > transportation. I
> >> > don't know what else to do. If there's no money, there's 
> no money."
> >> > Bobby Jerningan, executive director of CDT, the state agency,
> >> acknowledges
> >> > that the
> >> > "system is spread a little thin right now."
> >> > "We've had to dial back on our expenditures for next 
> year," Jernigan
> >> said.
> >> > "It is
> >> > a hardship on those individuals who have grown to depend on this
> >> > transportation service.
> >> > It's a major deal."
> >> > It's certainly a major deal for Armington, Martin and others.
> >> Armington
> >> > said
> >> > she
> >> > can't afford to pay $35 to $40 for a cab, when Dial-A-Ride
> >> costs her
> >> > $2.50.
> >> > "I lead a very active and normal life and I intend to do 
> so for the
> >> rest
> >> > of
> >> > my life,"
> >> > Armington said. "But this has made it really difficult.
> >> > "I'm also afraid of speaking out, because I may be a 
> candidate for
> >> > retaliation."
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