Public Meetings for Midtown-Downtown Trolley
Connects Midtown, Downtown and Gaines Street Areas
June 20, 2013
Ever wish you could hop between Midtown, Downtown and Gaines Street on Friday night without needing your car? Well, StarMetro may soon have an option for you.
Today, the transit agency announced that it will be hosting two public meetings to gain feedback on a proposed Midtown-Downtown trolley. The first public meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 25, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors Office, located at 1029 Thomasville Road. The second public meeting will take place on Thursday, June 27, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Council on Culture and Arts building, located at 816 S. MLK Jr. Boulevard.
“The goal of these public meetings is two-fold,” said Ivan Maldonado, director of StarMetro. “One, we want to introduce this concept of a trolley serving our Tallahassee nighttime leisure areas, and, two, we want to gain some insight from area residents and local business owners about how this trolley service would best serve their transportation needs.”
The proposed trolley service would be FREE to customers and would travel along Thomasville Road, Sixth Avenue, Monroe Street and Gaines Street. It would serve major destinations such as the Wine Loft, Hotel Duval, Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grill, All Saints District and College Town, which is expected to be completed sometime this fall. The proposed hours of operation would be 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The route would run every 20 minutes.
“The goal of this trolley loop is to support our local Midtown, Downtown and Gaines Street area businesses,” said City Commissioner Nancy Miller, lead commissioner on the City’s Long Range Planning target issue committee. “The trolley will add a fun and convenient way to make it easy for customers to move safely from one area to another. This is a public-private partnership between the City of Tallahassee, the Downtown Improvement Authority and the Midtown Merchants Association."
The proposed route would cost $120,000/annually.
For more information about StarMetro services, please call StarMetro’s main office at 891-5200 or visit Talgov.com/starmetro. Other ways to view information include liking StarMetro’s official Facebook page at Facebook.com/starmetrotransit or following the organization on Twitter at Twitter.com/ridestarmetro.
Brian Waterman, StarMetro Planning Manager, 891-5564; or Heather Teter, Department of Communications, 891-8533