[tabi] Re: Your opinions needed from StarMetro

  • From: Erica <ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Brian.Waterman@xxxxxxxxxx, mccaulo@xxxxxxx, jplescow@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:46:15 -0500 (EST)

As to Chip's comment: While I concur that it is logical to being by looking at 
locations which attract a disproportionate number of blind people (the 
Lighthouse, FSU, etc.), I think we shoud prioritize based on actual requests. I 
think this is necessary to differentiate the mode by which blind people reach 
these destinations. If a door-to-door service (private car, cab, Dial-a-Ride) 
is used, then the actual need for audible signals may be much less than if 
people use the city bus. Conversely, there may be a location(s) which does not 
attract a large number of blind people, but attracts a few blind people 
regularly who arrive via bus; we don't want to underrepresent this group.

I concur with the suggestion that Adams & Tennessee by demoted in priority in 
favor of both a) Mahan Dr. and Magnolia Dr. and b) Seventh Ave. and Monroe St. 
I personally consider both of these later intersections of particular concern, 
even though I am a "high partial".

Thank you to all who are contributing to making the bus system increasingly 
more usable.
Erica McCaul

-----Original Message-----
From: Chip and Allie Orange &lt;acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx&gt;
To: tabi &lt;tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx&gt;
Cc: 'Brian at' &lt;Brian.Waterman@xxxxxxxxxx&gt;
Sent: Sun, Feb 24, 2013 3:27 pm

   On point #1, I’d like to suggest that places which employ the largest 
numbers of blind people (such as the office parks and FSU) should be considered 
as high priority for braille labeling.
 Also, places which are likely to be popular destinations (shopping malls, 
grocery stores, etc., the Lighthouse) should also have their stops considered 
as high priority.
 Chip Orange
From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Evelyn Worley
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 3:02 PM
To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Wayne Warner; Toni King; Tinetta Cooper; Simone Cunningham; Sharon - home; 
Michael Worley; Jennifer Crowder; Jeanine Kane; Eva McElvy; Elizabeth S. 
Bowden; Barbara Ross; Angel Scruggs Fazio; Amanda Kan; Julia Kamm-Cohen; 
Waterman, Brian


Hi everyone. Brian Waterman with StarMetro asked if I could help out with 
getting opinions and/or a consensus from the blind community about the 
following items by this Friday, 3/1. In addition to posting on TABI, feel free 
to send your comments directly to Brian at Brian.Waterman@xxxxxxxxxx . 
1.         FTA funding has now been approved to proceed with installing the 
braille signage at bus stops! It is logical to begin installing them in the 
areas where the bus routes intersect. What other areas and stops do you see as 
a priority, and why? 

2.         So far, the City and StarMetro have installed audible signals/APS at 
10 out of the 15 intersections that were identified as being “high priority.” 
The rest are still in the works. A change to the priority list (see attached 
list) has been requested. When the list was originally created, it was 
determined that an audible signal/APS at Adams St. and Tennessee St. was of 
high priority. Since then, several of the buses have been re-routed to go into 
the transfer plaza, decreasing the necessity for riders to walk in the vicinity 
to make their transfers. It is being recommended that the Adams and Tennessee 
intersection be dropped to a lower priority. Instead, it is being recommended 
that the city proceed with installation of audible signals/APS at the two 
following intersections (already listed as a high priority): a) Mahan Dr. and 
Magnolia Dr. and b) Seventh Ave. and Monroe St. (near the Senior Center). 
Please weigh in on each of these topics. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Evelyn Worley, COMS, CVRT
Assistant Director
Lighthouse of the Big Bend
(850) 942-3658 x203
Fax (850) 942-4518
Lighthouse of the Big Bend “Guiding People Through Vision Loss”
3071 Highland Oaks Terrace, Tallahassee, FL 32301


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