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

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 11:52:57 -0400

Hi Sila,
I decided to look at your question as to the best way to access a text
description of any given bus route, and as far as I can tell, there just
isn't any such animal.
I started with the web site listing all the routes at:
where you can choose any particular route, and go to it's web site.
after that however, all you can get is a series of very confusing
tables, listing the routes, with their various departure times from
various points along the route.
You could probably guess which route you need, but you couldn't be sure,
and there just was no text other than the departure gate and time.
I hope the TCB folks will bring this up with Mr. Garrison at the


Chip Orange
Database Administrator
Florida Public Service Commission

(850) 413-6314

 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)



        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!

                ----- 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
                ----- 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


                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

                                -         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@xxxxxxxxxx <mailto:nova10project@xxxxxxxxxx> .




                Samuel L. Scheib

                Senior Planner




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