[tabi] Fwd: FW: letter to editor - should run this week in Tall Dem.

  • From: ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:36:35 -0400

 Kudos to Sue Ellen!! (In case any of you are wondering, Sue Ellen is a bus 
rider by choice, NOT due to any disability which prevents her from driving.) I 
will Forward the article she references separately.


FWD MSG: Here's what I sent the Democrat yesterday.  Mark says they             
 plan to run it.  - Sue Ellen              

To the              Editor:              
I appreciate that              the Democrat’s Mark Hohmeister drew attention to 
automobile driver              vs. pedestrian issues in his Aug. 14 column.  
These issues are              at the center of concerns being voiced by bus 
riders regarding the              city's bus system decentralization plan 
(Nova2010).  Under              Nova2010, most bus riders will no longer change 
buses at the              downtown bus plaza, but instead will be dropped off 
and picked up              along major roads like Capital Circle, Mahan, 
Tennessee,              Monroe.  Given how often we see car              
drivers disregard red lights, stop signs, and              pedestrian rights of 
way, many riders are understandably concerned              about having to walk 
across six-lane (eight with turn              lanes) intersections to change 

Add the              too-long headways planned (most are 30-40 minutes, not the 
one              10-minute route city staff touts), and chances increase that   
           stressed bus commuters, panicked that the next bus connection        
      doesn't come for 30 or 40 minutes, will take great risks to              
cross streets to a bus that's at a stop or pulling              away.

The city commission should reconsider the Nova2010 plan              and commit 
to spending the time and money necessary to have a              bus system for 
Tallahassee              that is safe, convenient and reliable.               
Sue Ellen              Smith


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