[tabi] Re: Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Completes Draft Bus Stop Analysis for Decentralization

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:53:28 -0400

Hi all, 
below is an email, encouraged by the author to be forwarded and published as
appropriate, where-in she hopes to get a number of people to write in along
with her to request a change in this meeting time:
From: sue ellen smith <sue_ellensmith@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Thurs. Star Metro meeting not adequate for real public input,
please change
To: nova2010project@xxxxxxxxxx
Cc: gil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 12:57 PM
Hi, Heather.
Please communicate to Mr. Garrison that many of us riders feel that the Aug.
12 (7am
to 10 am) scheduled public input "meeting" at the bus plaza for the bus stop
is inadequate.  We are commuting to work at that time and will not have time
to review
and comment on what staff may share at the plaza.  Also, I don't believe
there is
enough public notice for this meeting.  I ask that he reschedule a meeting
to be
held downtown at City Hall on an early evening late next week. That way
people can
review the analysis on their own and be better prepared with their comments.
I look forward to hearing back from you.
Sue Ellen Smith


From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Lynn Evans
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 1:14 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [tabi] Fw: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Completes
Draft Bus Stop Analysis for Decentralization

Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Completes Draft Bus
Stop Analysis for Decentralization


StarMetro Completes Draft Bus Stop Analysis for Decentralization
Now Open for Public Input on the Proposed Nova2010 Bus Stop Locations 

After a thorough bus stop analysis with a consultant and citizen/bus
operator group, which took place over the summer, StarMetro has released the
preliminary bus stop locations for Nova2010, the route decentralization
project approved by the City Commission last spring. 

In order to gain feedback on the proposed bus stop locations, StarMetro
staff will hold a public meeting on Thursday, August 12, from 7 to 10 a.m.
in C.K. Steele Plaza. Members of the public who cannot attend this meeting
on August 12 may view the bus stop location maps online and email feedback
to nova2010project@xxxxxxxxxx or starmetro@xxxxxxxxxx and/or call
StarMetro's main office at 850-891-5200.

Currently, StarMetro utilizes 1,052 bus stops spread out across the City of
Tallahassee. Most of these bus stops are fairly close to one another, less
than a quarter of a mile. 

"Of the 286 eliminated bus stops, most would be eliminated under the
Nova2010 system due to proximity," said Ron Garrison, Executive Director of
StarMetro. "Many of our bus stops are simply too close to one another."

According to the preliminary bus stop analysis, the Nova2010 decentralized
system would utilize 766 bus stops. Of these 766 bus stops, 478 currently
exist in today's system, and 288 are brand-new bus stops. These new
<http://www.talgov.com/starmetro/pdf/nova2010-route&amp;stops.pdf> bus stops
would be placed along corridors that are not served today and that would be
served in the Nova2010 system - corridors, such as North Monroe Street,
Magnolia Drive, Capital Circle NE/SE and portions of Orange Avenue and Blair
Stone Road. Most of the Nova2010 bus stops would be placed within 3/10 of a
mile from one another and at major intersections and trip generators.

"This draft bus stop analysis took quite a while to complete, but with the
help of the consultant and the citizen/bus operator group and with support
from the Transit Advisory Committee, we are ready to release this
information," said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. "We hope
to get good feedback and suggestions from the public so that we can move
forward with implementing Nova2010."

StarMetro's Nova2010 route decentralization project aims to take the current
downtown oriented route structure and break apart each route to create a
more grid-like route structure with routes running from north to south and
east to west, many bypassing downtown's C.K. Steele Plaza. 

For more information, please call StarMetro's main office at 850-891-5200 or
visit Talgov.com/starmetro <http://www.talgov.com/starmetro/index.cfm> . For
additional project updates, please call the Nova2010 hotline at 850-891-5283
or email nova2010project@xxxxxxxxxxx Citizens may also follow updates on
Facebook at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit
<http://www.facebook.com/StarMetroTransit>  and Twitter at @starmetro_
<http://www.twitter.com/starmetro_> .

Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Administrator, 891-5564; or Heather
Teter, StarMetro Marketing Specialist, 891-5206


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