Tallahassee, Florida -- March 4, 2011 --
In preparation for the July launch of StarMetro’s route decentralization project known as Nova2010, StarMetro will install 766 brand new bus stops, or StarStops. With assistance from Public Works, the new StarStops will be installed in two phases. The first phase begins today and includes the Evergreen, Gulf, San Luis, Red Hills, Live Oak and Moss routes.
The second phase will include all other routes. Phase two is expected to begin within four to six weeks.
The new StarStops reflect StarMetro’s brand new design seen below.
The new StarStop design will feature a 16-inch circular topper, reflecting StarMetro’s new icon, and a 12-inch by 6-inch rectangular information blade half an inch below. The information blade will depict the routes served by that particular StarStop, as well as StarMetro’s phone number and web address.
Both signs will rest on a 12-foot octagonal pole; for sturdiness, three feet of the pole will be placed in the ground.
“In order to make our StarStops more accessible, we chose to incorporate an octagonal pole into our new design,” said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. “By having the pole shaped differently from any other sign along the road, visually impaired customers will be able to feel the StarStop and know that they are at the correct spot to catch their bus.”
Another accessibility feature of the new StarStops is a one-inch Braille plate that will sit on the front of the pole four feet from the ground. This plate will feature the route letters in Braille and in raised lettering, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the time of the launch, all StarStops at the 43 transfer intersections will feature Braille plates. All other Braille plates will be installed shortly after the launch.
The new StarMetro system will utilize a total of 766 StarStops. Of those, 473 currently exist in today's system, and 266 will be new locations. These new StarStop locations will be along corridors not served today that will be served in the new system. These corridors include sections of Orange Avenue and North Monroe Street.
Until the July launch, each information blade will have a message covering the route information that indicates whether that particular StarStop is active or inactive. Those 473 current stops that will remain in the new system will feature a message that says, “Active Stop.” Customers can begin using these stops with the current system as they go up. Those 266 brand-new StarStop locations not along current routes will feature a message that says, “Not an Active Stop.” Customers may not use these stops with the current system.