[tabi] letter to the Democrat

  • From: "Chip Orange" <Corange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 09:14:06 -0500

City needs to go slow on transit plan

Re: "Much work to be done on sidewalks for Nova 2010" (News, Feb. 4).
Transportation for America's 2009 "Dangerous by Design" report on
pedestrian safety
issues found that Tallahassee's streets are more than twice as dangerous
as the national
average. StarMetro's ill-conceived Nova 2010 plan was designed by
StarMetro bureaucrats
who do not rely on the bus for their transportation needs and approved
by a City
Commission that also does not rely on the bus for its transportation
needs. Nova
2010 will, by its dangerous design, create more pedestrians by requiring
bus riders
to cross those dangerous streets to change buses. Now the city's public
works director
Gabriel Menendez tells us what everyone familiar with this poorly
planned bad idea
has known all along: "We are going to be woefully short on sidewalks."
Why do StarMetro
and city officials insist on going forward with Nova 2010 without the
proper infrastructure
in place? Is the safety of people who rely on the bus for their
transportation needs
so unimportant that Nova 2010 can not be delayed?

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