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

  • From: "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 20:52:29 -0400

COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization StudyHi Lynn and All,
This is super news!!! From what I understand, Mr. Garrison will be at TCB's 
October meeting to gather input and answer questions. I urge you to be there. 
Say, how is the best way to access a written discription of how any particular 
route is run? I missed one last Saturday because I was on the East side of 
Village Square and, I'd called in to inquire on just how it was run ahead of 
time. Oh, the power of clear communication! Many thanks for any and all info!
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Lynn Evans 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 1:49 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Fw: COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization Study

  If interested meeting times are at the bottom on this posting.

  ----- 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 http://www.talgov.com/starmetro/pdf/nova2010-concept.pdf)

  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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