[tabi] Re: Your opinions needed from StarMetro

  • From: "Sila Miller" <silam@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Brian.Waterman@xxxxxxxxxx>, <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:10:10 -0500

Dear Mr. Waterman,

Thanks for consulting us on these issues and listening to our input. I applaud 
the City and StarMetro for installing audible pedestrian signals (APS) at 10 
out of the 15 stops previously identified!

I believe the APS at Adams St. and Tennessee St. should still be considered a 
high priority as the Greyhound station is directly across the street from the 
plaza and is frequented by folks with disabilities. 
Seventh Ave. and Monroe St. (near the Senior Center) should also continue to be 
seen as a priority as well for the above stated reason(s).

As far as the braille signage, I'd like to ask where we are with the texting 
ability (code) to know where the bus is prior to commenting on the placement of 
the signs. Most of us who already use the bus probably know where the poles we 
frequent are (some hard lessons learned by missing buses) are but if the 
texting ability is available then that puts a whole new spin on things. 

Again, thanks much for soliciting our comments and opinions!

Sila Miller 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Evelyn Worley 
  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 
  Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013 3:01 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Your opinions needed from StarMetro

  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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