Well, I gotta tell ya, if we could just get dependable night service (bus or Dial-A-Ride), it'd be wonderful! Sila ----- Original Message ----- From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 3:01 PM Subject: [tabi] Free-ride Saturday leaves some Dial-A-Ride users frustrated > from today's Democrat: > > > Free-ride Saturday leaves some Dial-A-Ride users frustrated > By TaMaryn Waters > Democrat staff writer > > Tallahassee Mayor John Marks spent part of Thursday passing out fliers to > bus riders > at the C.K. Steele Plaza informing them of free rides offered Saturday by > StarMetro > for holiday shoppers. > But Dial-A-Ride users such as Michael Elliott, who is visually impaired, are > outraged > since they won't be able to take advantage. > "If you are trying to increase business to the various shops in Tallahassee > by offering > free bus service on Saturday, but not to those who use Dial A Ride, what are > you > telling people with disabilities," Elliott said. "Our money isn't good > enough?" > Dial-A-Ride operates similarly to a taxi-cab service, but it is provided by > StarMetro. > It costs $2.50 per trip. > StarMetro Executive Director Ron Garrison says his staff was aware > Dial-A-Ride users > wouldn't be able to get a free ride using the service, but he said his hands > are > tied. > "We are not allowed to make it free because we would not be able to handle > the capacity, > which would not be in compliance with the (federal) Americans with > Disabilities Act," > Garrison said. > Currently, 8,164 residents are registered for Dial-A-Ride, which is often > used as > a way to get to medical appointments. However, every registered rider > doesn't necessarily > use the service daily. > StarMetro has offered free rides on special occasions, most recently for a > week when > the new system was launched during the summer. > "Most of our Dial-A-Ride users are used to this. We have gotten a call or > two before > when we have done this," Garrison said. > He also said Dial-A-Ride is required to provide service within > three-quarters of > a mile of bus service, although it often goes beyond that. If Dial-A-Ride > went over > capacity in order to provide free rides, Garrison said StarMetro could face > consequences > that could include fines or loss of federal funding. > "I'm not going to take the chance," Garrison said. > > Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI > and please make suggestions for new material. > > > > if you'd like to unsubscribe you can do so through the freelists.org web > interface, or by sending an email to the address tabi-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > with the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.