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 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 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) > > > > > > > > Mycell Armington > Contact Representative > DO 659 > Social Security Administration > 2002 Old St. Augustine Rd Suite B-12 > Tallahassee, FL 32301 > (850) 942-9514 x 3012 > Mycell.Armington@xxxxxxx > > Social Security Benefits America > CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message and any attachments are for the > sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and > privileged information that is exempt from public disclosure. Any > unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or distribution is > prohibited. If > you have received this message in error please contact the sender (by > phone or reply electronic mail) and then destroy all copies of the > original message. > > > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On > Behalf Of Charles Atkins > Sent: Monday, June 08, 2009 12:40 PM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > 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. 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