Today, Jan. 13, StarMetro will begin installing 51 shelters across the city in preparation for the July launch of its route decentralization plan known as Nova2010. The complete list and map of shelter placements is available online at Talgov.com/starmetro. At its regular meeting yesterday, the Tallahassee City Commission approved funding for shelter installation.
“Our goal is to have 30 new shelters installed by the launch of Nova2010,” said Ron Garrison, executive director of StarMetro. “The shelters not completed by the launch date will continue to be installed after the launch in a timely and efficient manner.”
The shelters, which measure 13-feet wide and 5-feet deep, will feature a four-seat bench and space for a wheelchair.
StarMetro will partner with the City’s Public Works Department to install each shelter. First priority shelter installations will begin within the multi-modal transportation district (MMTD), which is the area roughly between Tharpe Street to the north, Orange Avenue to the south, Blountstown Highway to the west and Magnolia Drive to the east. Most of shelters placed within this area will be along major thoroughfares – all of which are currently served by the existing StarMetro system. Upon installation of these shelters, customers may begin using them to access the current StarMetro system.
During installation, StarMetro and the City’s Public Works Department will adhere to the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“The concrete pads poured for the shelter installations will actually be quite a bit larger than the shelter itself,” said Garrison. “We intentionally did this in hopes of installing additional amenities, such as bicycle racks, in the future.”
Funding for these shelters will come from concurrency funds, which are transportation mitigation fees.
“As more funds become available, we hope to install an additional 20 shelters in fall/winter,” said Garrison. “With these extra 20 shelters on top of the 51 shelters we’ll begin installing soon, we will have doubled the number of our shelters and benches available for customers.”
StarMetro’s Nova2010 route decentralization project will take the current single-transfer, downtown oriented route structure and break it apart to create 41 new transfer options across the city - making transit a better option for many more existing and potential customers. This new route structure will have numerous advantages for customers and businesses, such as a higher frequency in service, lower travel time and more transfer options.