[tabi] Fw: COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization Study

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COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization StudyIf interested meeting 
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Scheib, Samuel 
Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:42 PM
Subject: COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization Study


For Immediate Release

September 1, 2009

Contact:  Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Administrator, 891-5564; or 
Heather Harris, StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206

StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization Study
 'nova2010' seeks to completely restructure routes next fall 

Today, StarMetro, the City of Tallahassee's mass transit system, is launching a 
study to gather community input on potentially decentralizing the entire 
transit network. The project is called Innovation in Transit 2010, or nova2010 
for short. It plans to take the current transit system and break apart each 
individual route to create a grid-like route structure with routes running from 
north to south and east to west. This will create multiple transfer points 
instead of one main transfer point downtown like the system uses now.

"Currently, all of StarMetro's regular routes go through downtown, so a patron 
traveling from northeast Tallahassee to northwest Tallahassee must go through 
the plaza to reach his or her destination," said Ron Garrison, StarMetro's 
executive director. "By decentralizing the existing route structure, nova2010 
not only better serves existing customers, it makes transit a viable option for 
the entire community."

By traveling on major roads, eliminating route redundancy, improving overall 
system efficiency and expanding transfer options, a decentralizing StarMetro 

    -         Dramatically reduce downtown transfers

    -         Reduce travel times

    -         Reduce the carbon footprint

    -         Increase on-time bus service

    -         Significantly increase bus frequency (buses comes more often)

    -         Increased local and regional travel options

"With a decentralized transit system, some StarMetro customers may walk a bit 
further to a StarStop, but customers will have multiple transfer options, 
greater bus frequency, shorter travel times and overall improved route 
performance," Garrison said. 

Preliminary work toward a decentralized system began more than eight months ago 
with an origin/destination survey of nearly 2,500 current StarMetro customers 
and an employment density study of major employers, which was completed 
recently. With this data, StarMetro planners constructed a concept of what the 
decentralized route structure could look like. (See current conceptual map at 

In order to obtain community input, StarMetro will hold a series of Listening 
Sessions to review the project and the conceptual map. Listening Sessions are 
scheduled for:

    -         September 8 at the Lawrence Gregory Community Center, located at 
1115 Dade Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    -         September 10 at the Walker Ford Community Center, located at 2301 
Pasco Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    -         September 21 at the Tallahassee Senior Center, located at 1400 
North Monroe Street, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    -         September 28 at the Tallahassee Senior Center from 11:30 a.m. to 
1 p.m.

The public involvement process will continue through October/November 2009. 
Beginning in December 2009, StarMetro planners will take the feedback received 
from the Listening Sessions and revise the conceptual map. In January 2010, 
StarMetro will finalize the decentralized route structure and begin the 
approval process with the City Commission. Upon approval from the City 
Commission, StarMetro will begin the internal logistics of changing over to a 
new system in spring 2010, with the intent of launching as early as fall 2010.

"The ultimate goal of nova2010 is to create a transit system that better meets 
the changing demands of the Tallahassee region. Direct, fast, forward," 
Garrison said. 

For more information, please call StarMetro's main office at (850) 891-5200 or 
visit Talgov.com/starmetro. For additional project updates, please call the 
nova2010 hotline at (850) 891-5283 or email nova2010project@xxxxxxxxxxx


Samuel L. Scheib

Senior Planner



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