Oh, yes, and BOTH camps are concerned about Nova's impact on Dial-a-Ride, both in terms of 1) Overburdening, due to an influx of previous bus riders who now feel they would be safer on Dial-a-Ride, and 2) underfunding, due to bus fare going down to $1 and pushing Dial-a-Ride fare down to $2. While everyone wants to save some change, no one who uses Dial-a-Ride wants to be without it.
-----Original Message----- From: ericamccaul@xxxxxxxxxxxx To: daviska9@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx; tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tue, Nov 10, 2009 1:04 pm Subject: [tabi] summarizing TABI views on Nova Kevin, I'm glad you don't feel like I interfered or anything. I have concluded from what I've seen on TABI that 2 camps have emerged: 1) All transfer point intersections, other intersections used to get to/from stops (for example, 7th and Monroe, needed to get to the Senior Center), and stops themselves need to be as accessible as possible BEFORE this plan is implemented. That means the money needs to be both procured AND spent on sidewalks, crosswalks, signals & audible signals BEFORE buses start rolling by. Routes should be reconfigured to eliminate the need for crossing a) mall parking lots [Read: Go into the malls.], and b) busy streets where there is no traffic control [Read: Go into Miccosukee Hills Apartments, since otherwise patrons traveling toward downtown would be required to jaw walk Miccosukee Rd. where there is no traffic light, endangering themselves and holding up traffic.] Not only would this make the playing field level for the disabled and elderly, but it would be a HUGE SELLING POINT to attract the heretofore car-bound: "You will never have to stand in the mud or risk falling in a ditch. Crossings will be clearly marked and signaled." There is a subset of this group who believe that one or both of these technologies should be requirements as well: a) some sort of locating beacon for sign-only bus stops, and/or b) a GPS-based system on-board the buses for announcing stops/cross-streets. 2) All transfer points should be scaled-down versions of C.K.Steele Plaza-- covered, off-road, requiring no street or parking lot crossings, and preferably manned. This would ensure ADA compliance, and would be an even greater selling point to the general public: "Transferring buses is as comfortable as getting into your car in your garage." Realizing that this option is far from cost-neutral, I think the conclusion is that the switch should be postponed until revenue is available for it.Check out the TABI resource web page at http://acorange.home.comcast.net/TABI
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