[tabi] Re: my object to Nova 2010

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 19:20:34 -0500

You are correct in saying there are no guarantees when it comes to life. it is 
a crap shoot. A person steps out boldly from the curb of life with the mobility 
skills we have and takes their chances. You are asking for a guarantee for city 
services? You mean like the electricity want never go out? The water will never 
be turned off? The trash will always be picked up?

Look at the changes Star Metro has made to their plan so far. We asked for a 
route description and they gave it to us. Robert asked for the Village Square 
change and they did that. 

Let us not do a "Blackjack" here and tell Star metro if they want play by our 
rules then we will not play,. the intersections where the transfer points are, 
need to be made as safe as humanly possible for EVERYONE. This is what we need 
to tell the city commission. 

It scares me to tell anyone, what I can't do. That puts me in a vulnerable 
position in their eyes.  

We need to work with Star Metro or we are going to be left on the curb as the 
bus passes us by. 

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Easy Talk 
  To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 2:40 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Re: my object to Nova 2010

  Chip,  After much consideration and Soule searching, I am with you 100 
percent.  I am one who has been hit at an audible crossing. I am certainly for 
decentralization but more work needs to be done and as Heather said Star Metro 
does transportation/buses not Sidewalks, Audible signals or Police Safety.  
They can only educate but it is up to other departments to do there part and so 
far there are no guarantees.


    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Chip Orange 
    To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Friday, November 06, 2009 11:54 AM
    Subject: [tabi] my object to Nova 2010

    hi all,

    I spoke with a StarMetro planner yesterday, and he said only 2 
intersections of the possible 41 proposed for transfer points, currently have 
audible signals. (I think Lynn did tell us that).

    perhaps, just perhaps, they'll be able to add 10, even 20, in the next 
year, but by no means all of them will get audible signals.

    the point I made to him, and the one I intend to make to the city 
commission unless there is a dramatic change in the plan, is that no 
intersection, even with an audible signal, is safe for a blind person to cross. 
audible signals only make it somewhat safer, but many of our local blind 
residents can testify about being hit.   I don't think even our best, most 
skillful, independent travelers, can say that crossing an intersection such as 
many of those proposed by StarMetro is safe; and, a number of our blind 
residents do not fall into the class of our "most skillful" independent 

    I intend to urge the city commission to deny the entire plan until the 
safety of disable riders can be assured by never requiring a transfer through 
an intersection; StarMetro has got to be forced to come up with another way to 
handle transfers.

    I know others of you have other objections to the plan, and I've heard and 
agree with a lot of them, but this is to me, the single really good one, which 
is good enough to warrant the city commission stopping implementation until it 
is worked out.

    I do support other objections which have been raised, including the one I 
just mentioned that with all the bus stops moving to new locations, they are 
going to be hard to find, and that the routes and the location of stops require 
a lot of walking at times, which itself is also unsafe.  but when I write the 
commission after the plan is submitted to them, I am only going to focus on the 
safety issue, as I think it's the most important, and I don't want to overwhelm 
them in my letter with les important objections.

    I hope all of you will consider writing to the city commission, but not 
until the plan has been submitted to them.  any letters before then are 
evidently just forwarded to StarMetro, without engaging the commissioners' 




    Chip Orange
    Database Administrator
    Florida Public Service Commission

    (850) 413-6314

     (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not 
necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.)

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