City holds meetings asking for feedback on StarMetro services and the Southside Transit Center

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The City of Tallahassee is collecting public comment on the StarMetro system.

Staff are working on a Full operational analysis, a one-year effort to create a 10-year strategy for system development, and the conception phase from the Southside Transit Center.

Comprehensive operational analysis examines the existing service, looking for ways to capitalize on strengths and improve weaknesses. StarMetro recently submitted the major update to the transit development plan to the city commission, which was approved.

The Commission also approved the creation of the Southside Transit Center, at the corner of Meridian and Orange Avenue. There is currently a temporary park on site. You can view the design schedule here.

The City has held several public meetings, including one from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Jack McClean Community Center.

Wednesday’s meeting started at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 8:00 a.m. the public is welcome to come at any time during this window. City staff will make two 15-minute presentations, one at 6 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.

The September meetings are the third round StarMetro has done to gather feedback.

“We are working with community champions, conducting polls, online polls, and bus surveys, and we hope this work will provide us with the feedback we need for the future needs of our citizens in this community,” Said Angela Baldwin, the city’s director of transit.

WCTV spoke to the citizens of CK Steele about what they would like to see done with the transit system.

A woman, Rita Marshall, rides StarMetro every day. She says she would like more frequent service in her neighborhood, the Miccosukee Hill Cottages.

“We are a community of the elderly, disabled and visually impaired, and we really need it. There is no service on Sunday, there is no service after 6:30 am, ”Marshall said.

She also wants additional equipment at bus stops.

“I would like to see where we can sit where we have a shed. We have a bench, but none of them have a shed there, ”Marshall said. “I appreciate the $ 25 annual pass and the $ 1 fares to and from Quincy.”

Jay Jordan is worried about the timing of the buses.

“We just got off the G bus and we were going to take the A bus before 12 noon, but they left,” Jordan said. “Sometimes they leave early. And it will be like a danger for us, going to work and all that. “

Jordan says this caused him problems.

“I’m late to work a lot,” he said.

College and university students also use the system; FAMU student Jason Osagie rides Monday through Friday.

“I would like free bus passes for students, for students going to college,” Osagie said.

Kiana Green is another FAMU student who uses StarMetro; she says planning can be awkward at times.

“It takes about an hour, so I have to get up pretty early. Because I have 8 am, so if I have 8 am I have to get up at 6 am, ”Green said.

She added that she appreciates the way the routes are laid out and hers is simple. Green would also like more information on signage at bus stops.

“Like the times when the weekdays come, do they come like the 30th or 00,” she explained.

StarMetro says the goal is to create accessible, efficient and fair service for all of Tallahassee.

“Feedback from the community of our citizens helps us plan routes and design the future Southside transit hub,” Baldwin said.

You can find out more about the Southside Transit Center here, and take the StarMetro survey here.

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