[tabi] Re: major change proposed for TDC coordinator

  • From: "Elizabeth S. Bowden" <ebowden@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:04:16 -0400

I was just providing some feedback since some people may be new to the process. 
 The other company was called something like star transit?  I can't remember, 
but they supposedly had experience, and could never be reached after hours, 
were unsafe when transporting people, and had to be shut down.  
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Allison and Chip Orange 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:46 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: major change proposed for TDC coordinator


  maybe you were really replying to Carl and not me, but if you meant to reply 
to me, you should realize that I did not advocate the switch, just wanted some 
more info.

  Who was the private company that did so poorly?  were they experienced with 
para-transit before they took this on (as Big Bend is)?


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Elizabeth S. Bowden 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:21 PM
    Subject: [tabi] Re: major change proposed for TDC coordinator

    Please remember back when this was done by a private company about 3 years 
ago, and the service was really poor!
      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Chip Orange 
      To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 1:51 PM
      Subject: [tabi] Re: major change proposed for TDC coordinator

      Thanks Carl for letting us know about this!

      If a private contractor could really do it for about half, then I don't 
understand why you might think StarMetro wouldn't want to renew their contract? 
 This would seem to be quite a money-maker for them, so is there some other 
reason why they wouldn't want to do it (that you could at least guess at)?

      Also, can you tell me who Coleen Roland works for?




      Chip Orange
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      Florida Public Service Commission

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        From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
Behalf Of carl mccoy
        Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 10:44 AM
        To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
        Subject: [tabi] major change proposed for TDC coordinator

        At the meeting of the transportation disadvantaged coordinating board 
this afternoon
        Coleen Roland  proposed we vote on canceling our contract with Star 
Metro as our
        administrative agency in January 201.  The rational was that it would 
save money
        that could be used for rides.
        Currently the administrative cost with Star Metro is approximately 280 
        out of a budget of 1.3 Million. She estimated by going to a private 
contractor we
        could save half of  that.
        Anyway this was so unexpected and in fact it was not even on the 
agenda, a couple
        of us objected, and insisted that we have more time to study the issue, 
it was delayed
        until next Wednesday for a special meeting of the board at 4  o'clock.
        This may be a good plan particularly if it increases the rides 
available, but we
        need to think this through carefully.
        Next Wednesday will not be a public meeting, but in the mean time I 
welcome any ideas
        or input from all of you. Simply post it to TABI.
        I should add if the contract is terminated in January, they propose Big 
Bend as the
        coordinator or administrator until an RFP can be developed for bids 
from private
        providers, that would be implemented in July of 2010
        I am sure is confusing to you as it is to me, but apparently it has 
already been
        discussed with city officials and Star Metro, and it is probably a done 
deal, since
        Star Metro is under no obligation to renew their contract.
        Now time for your input. Carl

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