[tabi] from today's Democrat: another Nova 2010 article

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 13:43:52 -0400

This week is the time to voice concerns or questions about proposed bus
stops in
StarMetro's Nova2010 plan.
Two listening sessions will allow riders to see maps of 738 bus stops,
also known
as "star stops." The first session will be from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday at
C.K. Steele
Plaza, followed by a second session from 4 to 6 p.m.
The current system has 1,052 bus stops citywide. Nova2010, which is
designed to create
more routes that won't need to go through the downtown plaza, has 738
bus stops;
473 are currently in use.
According to the city, the new stops are for routes that are not
currently available,
such as on portions of Orange Avenue and Blair Stone Road.
StarMetro Executive Director Ron Garrison said the listening sessions
are not a requirement.
They are an extra step toward reaching out to riders, he said.
"But if the customers have a better idea that better serves the public
at no additional
costs," Garrison said, referring to the stops, "we can incorporate those
into the
The plan is slated to roll out in July 2011.
Since it was revealed, some residents expressed concerns regarding the
plan's impact
on seniors and those with disabilities. The plan includes eliminating
some routes,
reducing trips throughout neighborhoods and changing the distance
between stops from
one-quarter mile to half a mile.
"It's ridiculous," said Ollie Cue, a 75-year-old Tallahassee resident
who's been
riding the bus for six years.

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