[tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Begins Installation of Brand New StarStops

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:54:24 -0500

Please read completely to make note of bus stop accessibility issues:
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Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Begins Installation of 
Brand New StarStops

      StarMetro Begins Installation of Brand New StarStops

      In preparation for the July launch of StarMetro's route decentralization 
project known as Nova2010, StarMetro will install 766 brand new bus stops, or 
StarStops. With assistance from Public Works, the new StarStops will be 
installed in two phases. The first phase begins today and includes the 
Evergreen, Gulf, San Luis, Red Hills, Live Oak and Moss routes.

      The second phase will include all other routes. Phase two is expected to 
begin within four to six weeks.

      The new StarStops reflect StarMetro's brand new design seen below. 

      The new StarStop design will feature a 16-inch circular topper, 
reflecting StarMetro's new icon, and a 12-inch by 6-inch rectangular 
information blade half an inch below. The information blade will depict the 
routes served by that particular StarStop, as well as StarMetro's phone number 
and web address. 

      Both signs will rest on a 12-foot octagonal pole; for sturdiness, three 
feet of the pole will be placed in the ground. 

      "In order to make our StarStops more accessible, we chose to incorporate 
an octagonal pole into our new design," said Ron Garrison, executive director 
of StarMetro. "By having the pole shaped differently from any other sign along 
the road, visually impaired customers will be able to feel the StarStop and 
know that they are at the correct spot to catch their bus."

      Another accessibility feature of the new StarStops is a one-inch Braille 
plate that will sit on the front of the pole four feet from the ground. This 
plate will feature the route letters in Braille and in raised lettering, as 
required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the time of the launch, all 
StarStops at the 43 transfer intersections will feature Braille plates. All 
other Braille plates will be installed shortly after the launch. 

      The new StarMetro system will utilize a total of 766 StarStops. Of those, 
473 currently exist in today's system, and 266 will be new locations. These new 
StarStop locations will be along corridors not served today that will be served 
in the new system. These corridors include sections of Orange Avenue and North 
Monroe Street. 

      Until the July launch, each information blade will have a message 
covering the route information that indicates whether that particular StarStop 
is active or inactive. Those 473 current stops that will remain in the new 
system will feature a message that says, "Active Stop." Customers can begin 
using these stops with the current system as they go up. Those 266 brand-new 
StarStop locations not along current routes will feature a message that says, 
"Not an Active Stop." Customers may not use these stops with the current 

      For more information, please contact StarMetro at 891-5200 or visit 
Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include 'liking' 
StarMetro's official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit and 
'following' StarMetro's official Twitter page at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro. 

      Contact: Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Administrator, 891-5564, 
Heather Teter, StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206, Alex Faubel, StarMetro 
Marketing Assistant, 891-5200
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