[tabi] Letter distributed at the TDCB last week

  • From: "carl mccoy" <cmcoy09@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:49:18 -0400

This a letter distributed at the last meeting at the end of the meeting, but 
not fully explained. It is clear from this letter that the decission was 
already made, since Star Metro apparently does not wish to renew, that is 
pretty much it, end of story. I am irritated in that it was not at all 
discussed with the board until after the fact when it obviously had to be in 
the mill well before  the meeting, and very probably was planned to coincide 
with Donna's retirement.  Star Metro claims it was costing them even more than 
they were charging even though their charges seems exorbitant. anyway here it 

Leon County

Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board


October 21, 2009


J. OR. Harding, Chair

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

655 Suwannee Street



Dear Chairman Harding;


The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB) of Leon County 
regretfully notifies you that the City of Tallahassee is ending its role of 
Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) for our program.


As the CTC, Star and Paratransit Superintendent Donna Peacock have advanced 
transportation options for this important segment of the population. The last 
seven years have seen many successes, and the milestones achieved by StarMetro 
will be forever part of the coordinated system in Leon County.


However, as times change, and as costs increase for the rider, the operator and 
the coordinator, it becomes increasingly important that as much available grant 
funding as possible be put into the actual movement of persons to services. The 
best coordination comes with a price; and as costs tighten the existing budget, 
the TDCB recommends that the best use of the funding is to return the system to 
the private sector. Administrative costs, salaries, pensions, and operating and 
indirect costs are generally much lower in the private sector, and this change 
will allow more of the limited funding to reach the system users.


The TDCB applauds the generosity shown by the City of Tallahassee in reaching 
our shared goal of putting more money into services. We regret that the change 
is taking place, however our shared goal of serving this special-needs 
population is paramount.


Bob Rackleff

Chair, Leon County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board

Leon County Commissioner



Mr. Bobby Jernigan, FL Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged

Ms. Anita Favors- Thompson, City of Tallahassee

Mr. Parwez Alam, Leon County Board of County Commissioners

Harry Reed, Executive Director, CRTPA

Mr. Ron Garrison, StarMetro

Ms. Colleen Roland, CRTPA

CRTPA Members via November meeting agenda package

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