Hi Sila, just an fyi, a few hours before I read your message, I took the email for the new nova2010 project that Lynn so wonderfully provided us, and I wrote explaining how as part of this, we needed them to publish a list of gps coordinates for each busstop, as a downloadible file on their web site. I also mentioned a textual description for each stop (whether it was a bench or just a sign for instance), along with the gps info, would go a long way towards helping blind people find the stops, and know where they were once on the bus. you know, you could extend my request just slightly, and ask for a list of coordinates which would together, define an entire route, for each route. If I get any response I'll add this request as well. Chip -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sila Miller Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 8:52 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: Fw: COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization Study Hi 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! Sila ----- Original Message ----- From: Lynn Evans <mailto:evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx> 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 <mailto:Samuel.Scheib@xxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Wednesday, September 02, 2009 12:42 PM Subject: COT NR - StarMetro Launches Route Decentralization Study CITY OF TALLAHASSEE NEWS RELEASE 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 would: - 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 <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@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:nova10project@xxxxxxxxxx> . ### Samuel L. 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