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

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 21:10:44 -0400

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.


-----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

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!

        ----- 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


        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


        "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@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:nova10project@xxxxxxxxxx> .




        Samuel L. Scheib

        Senior Planner




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