[tabi] Fwd: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Wins National Transportation Planning Award

  • From: Lynn Evans <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:17:16 -0500

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> From: "City of Tallahassee" <City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: January 9, 2013, 3:20:14 PM EST
> To: <austin.evans60@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - StarMetro Wins National 
> Transportation Planning Award
> City of Tallahassee News Release      
> Communications / City Hall / Tallahassee FL 32301 / 850.891.8533
> StarMetro Wins National Transportation Planning Award
> Decentralized Route System Recognized for Excellence
> Today, the American Planning Association (APA) announced StarMetro as the 
> recipient of the 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation 
> Planning. StarMetro was chosen to receive this prestigious award for the 
> successful launch of its decentralized route system in July 2011.
> 'StarMetro's decentralization can be held up as a standard for public 
> participation and cooperation,' said Ann C. Bagley, chair of the APA Awards 
> jury.
> 'When you change the way people move around a community, there are bound to 
> be bumps in the road,' said Mayor John Marks. 'Understanding the challenges 
> and with customers in mind, StarMetro coordinated an extensive public 
> participation campaign as part of the decentralization plan that will 
> continue to benefit the community for years to come.'
> The Transportation Planning award recognizes efforts to increase 
> transportation choices for all populations, while reducing dependence on 
> private automobiles, helping ease congestion and reducing climate change 
> impacts.
> The newly, decentralized route system has successfully achieved the goals set 
> forth by the City Commission, including:
> Reducing transfers at the downtown terminal by 30 percent;
> Decreasing total transfers system-wide by 14 percent;
> Decreasing the number of routes that share at least one mile of service from 
> 21 to 6;
> Increasing bus frequency from an average of 51 minutes to 34 minutes;
> Installing more than 50 bus shelters and benches; and
> Increasing ridership by 2.5 percent from July 2011 to June 2012 when compared 
> to the average ridership of the three prior years under the old, 
> hub-and-spoke system.
> 'As a long-time bus rider, the change in my experience has been dramatic. I 
> now enjoy far greater flexibility in reaching destinations all over town, 
> more directly and more quickly,' said Thomas L. Clark, StarMetro customer. 
> 'Because of these changes, I now use the bus to go more places.'
> The National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning will be 
> presented to StarMetro at a special awards luncheon held during APA's 
> National Planning Conference in Chicago on Tuesday, April 16. In addition, 
> StarMetro will be featured in Planning magazine, APA's flagship publication.
> To view all of the National Planning Excellence and Achievement Award 
> recipients, visit the APA awards webpage. The American Planning Association's 
> national awards program, which bestows the profession's highest honor, is a 
> proud tradition established more than 50 years ago to recognize outstanding 
> community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts 
> and individuals for their leadership on planning issues.
> For more information about StarMetro services, please call StarMetro's main 
> office at 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 Manager, 891-5564; or Heather 
> Teter, Communications, 891-5206

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