Yes, I agree with his point that having blind people attempt to walk across mall parking lots is also unsafe. I will add that point to my city commission letter (that actually I hope not to have to write). 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 > ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 11:13 AM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] Re: Bringing all the issues together > > from John Plescow: "You forgot the mantra of Safe and Accessible. > This would include not having to navigate major intersections. More > specifically, a single pickup and drop off transfer point, that is a > covered > facility, not just a pole on the side of the road, which would also > make it have > to be ADA compliant. > This would also include buses going into both malls." > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx> > To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 3:49 PM > Subject: [tabi] Re: Bringing all the issues together > > > Here is a starting list pursuant to Kevin's request: > > > > Nova 2010 Pros: > > 1. More frequent buses. > > 2. Lengthened hours of operation on Sundays. (This also mandates > > lengthened hours of Dial-a-Ride service on Sundays.) > > 3. Minimal difference between daytime and night/Sunday coverage. > > 4. Some people get a considerably more direct route to their primary > > destinations. > > > > Nova 2010 Cons*: > > 1. Increased walking distances to/from points of origin/destination > and > > bus stops. > > 2. Many of these walking routes are along major roadways with > inadequate, > > incomplete, or no sidewalks. > > 3. Transferring buses may require crossing one or both multi-lane > > thoroughfares at major intersection heretofore unaccustomed, due to > their > > heavy traffic flow, to pedestrians. > > 4. Tallahassee is NOT a pedestrian-friendly city. Drivers lack > > consequences for law-breaking. > > 5. Some people will have to transfer more than once to reach their > > destination (or will have to transfer once, where before they had a > direct > > route). Walking further and waiting on connections will offset the > > time-saving benefit of higher bus frequencies. > > 6. The goodwill alone of StarMetro, Public Works, TPD and/or other > City > > entities in no way guarantees public safety. > > Grants are wonderful... ONCE RECEIVED AND IMPLEMENTED, but > provide no > > protection before then. > > > > * It should be noted that the Cons cannot be completely assessed by > many > > riders or potential riders because the route descriptions > provided to > date > > do not reference where bus routes cross. Therefore, riders may not > have an > > understanding of how they would get from point A to point B, and > which > > intersection crossings would be required. > > > > IN SUMMARY: Many on TABI who have voiced their opinions seem to be > open to > > the concept of a grid-type system. However, a nearly universal, > > overwhelming concern seems to be the desire of StarMetro to barrel > ahead > > with this plan before travel routes to, from and between > buses are as > safe > > as possible. If there's no money for sidewalks, audible signals and > the > > like, then the project should be postponed. Nova 2010 should not be > > implemented until the safety improvements are complete at all > transfer > > points. > > > > -----Original Message----- > > From: daviska9 <daviska9@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> > > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > > Sent: Sun, Nov 8, 2009 1:09 pm > > Subject: [tabi] Bringing all the issues together > > > > Good Afternoon All, > > > > I have been monitoring the > > discussions for and against NOVA 2010, first through > Laurie, and now > I > > have > > joined TABI. I wonder if some of you would be willing to > help me get > all > > of the points, both pro and con, put together in one > posting. I will > then > > forward that to the Transportation Advisory Committee(TAC), > of which > I am > > a > > part. The TAC is very interested in the safety issues involved, and > have > > been reviewing these even before NOVA 2010 was presented to us. > > > > We are a part of the city > > commission, and not a part of StarMetro. We are due to make a > > recommendation one way or the other to the commission after > the first > of > > the > > year, and I want to make sure all of the information that can be is > put on > > the > > table. > > > > I may not be perfect, > > but I am trying to be neutral and represent the interests if the > visually > > impaired on the TAC. > > You should know > > that the new system provides Laurie and I with some VERY positive > > benefits. That interest is only one piece that I present to > the TAC. > If > > you are willing, > > a consolidated list of your views would be very helpful to > me. Let me > > know what you think. > > There is a little > > known "be attitude" Blessed be the flexible, for they will > > bend and not breakJ. > > > > > > Hope to hear from > > you all soon > > > > Kevin Davis > > > > > > > > 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. > > > 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.