[tabi] StarMetro pilot trolley

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  • Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:48:54 -0400



June 20, 2013

CONTACT:         Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Manager, 891-5564;

                Heather Teter, Department of Communications, 891-8533


StarMetro Hosts Public Meetings for Midtown-Downtown Trolley

Pilot Project Would Connect Midtown, Downtown and Gaines Street Areas


Ever wish you could hop between Midtown, Downtown and Gaines Street on
Friday night

without needing your car? Well, StarMetro may soon have an option for

Today, the transit agency announced that it will be hosting two public
meetings to

gain feedback on a proposed Midtown-Downtown trolley. The first public
meeting will

take place on

Tuesday, June 25, from 4 - 6 p.m.

at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors Office, located at 1029 Thomasville
Road. The

second public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 27, from 6 - 8

at the Council on Culture and Arts building, located at 816 S. MLK Jr.

"The goal of these public meetings is two-fold," said Ivan Maldonado,
director of

StarMetro. "One, we want to introduce this concept of a trolley serving
our Tallahassee

nighttime leisure areas, and, two, we want to gain some insight from
area residents

and local business owners about how this trolley service would best
serve their transportation


The proposed trolley service would be FREE to customers and would travel
along Thomasville

Road, Sixth Avenue, Monroe Street and Gaines Street. It would serve
major destinations

such as the Wine Loft, Hotel Duval, Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill, All
Saints District

and College Town, which is expected to be completed sometime this fall.
The proposed

hours of operation would be 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday
nights. The route

would run every 20 minutes.

"The goal of this trolley loop is to support our local Midtown, Downtown
and Gaines

Street area businesses," said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead
commissioner on

the City's Long Range Planning target issue committee. "The trolley will
add a fun

and convenient way to make it easy for customers to move safely from one
area to

another.  This is a public-private partnership between the City of
Tallahassee, the

Downtown Improvement Authority and the Midtown Merchants Association."

The proposed route would cost $120,000/annually.

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main office

at 891-5200 or visit


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