[tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Proposes New Express Service to SouthWood

  • From: Charles Atkins <catkins@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:15:44 -0400

Chip I know you're right the things you tell us because I know several people 
using the bus and  complaining that they wished things could return to the old 
days; rides used to take fifteen minutes take much longer now!

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 9:08 AM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro 
Proposes New Express Service to SouthWood

  ·         Thanks Lynn for this, and thanks Sila for further info.

  It’s unbelievable to me that the city is promoting this as being done because 
they want to get the residents of Southwood to downtown.  While they’re trying 
to do this, they are making it much harder on those who work at Southwood but 
generally live in North-East Tallahassee.


  Who do they think is riding the bus?  Someone living in Southwood who wants 
to go downtown some afternoon?  Or someone trying to get to work each and every 


  This makes no sense from a transit point of view.  Instead, it looks like 
more of the city’s plan to try and do something with the downtown (no matter 
how much money is spent, and no matter who is inconvenienced), and which 
includes the wonderfully successful “party bus”, and the 2 million dollar pub 
the city is about to own.


  Obviously you can see how I feel about the downtown issues, and while it’s 
one thing to spend tax dollars there, it’s another to begin disassembling our 
bearly function transit system to also try and promote this at the expense of 
those who need to get to work every day.





  From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf 
Of Lynn Evans
  Sent: Monday, October 14, 2013 2:10 PM
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [tabi] Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Proposes 
New Express Service to SouthWood


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    From: "City of Tallahassee" <City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
    Date: October 14, 2013 at 11:51:42 AM EDT
    To: <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
    Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Proposes New Express 
Service to SouthWood

          City of Tallahassee News Release
          Communications / City Hall / Tallahassee FL 32301 / 850.891.8533 
          StarMetro Proposes New Express Service to SouthWood

          Red Hills Express Would Offer Greater Convenience to Commuters - 
Residents in SouthWood may soon have a quicker and more direct way to travel 
between home and downtown via StarMetro. Today, the transit agency announced 
plans to combine portions of two of its existing routes serving the SouthWood 
area into one direct route called the Red Hills Express. The proposed service 
change, which goes before the City Commission on Oct. 23, would allow customers 
to travel between the two major destinations in as little as 30 minutes with no 

          In order to gain feedback from area residents and commuters on the 
proposed express service, StarMetro planners will hold a public meeting on 
Thursday, Oct. 17, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Shuster's Café, located at 4055 
Esplanade Way. 

          If approved by the City Commission, the new Red Hills Express, which 
includes a stop on Magnolia Dr. near Governor's Square Mall, would begin on 
Monday, Nov. 4.

          'By combining the SouthWood portions of the Red Hills and Tall 
Timbers routes that overlap, we can distribute our resources more efficiently,' 
said Ivan Maldonado, director of StarMetro. 'As a result, we can provide a 
direct, express route from SouthWood to downtown -- giving residents and 
commuters a faster and more convenient service.'

          The Red Hills Express would offer a high level of service during the 
typical travel times of commuters. The service would provide eight trips during 
the day -- four trips during the morning and four trips during afternoon peak 
travel times.

          With the proposed express service serving the SouthWood area, the 
existing Red Hills and Tall Timbers routes would be combined into a single Tall 
Timbers route. Proposed changes are available for viewing on the proposed 
system map (PDF).

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

          Contact: Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning, 891-5564; Sandra 
Manning, Utility Marketing, 891-6175; or Heather Teter, Department of 
Communications, 891-8533


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