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to see the plans and provide comments on the project. "At what point do we go to the public with this issue?" Robinson asked. Gable replied that it would be difficult to pres- ent plans until a consultant has been able to "fine-tune" some of the operational details. On May 15, the day before the County Commission workshop, Scott Whiterell, chairman of the county's Citizens Advisory Committee for Public Transportation (CACPT), sent an email to Hines saying pub- lic participation in the process is important. "I would like to see more public input on it and a public workshop," Whiterell wrote Hines. It also is unclear how the station's move a few blocks east would change SCAT's operations. During the May 16 workshop, Hines sug- gested a survey of bus riders to determine where they board and get off the buses and how moving the station would affect them. Patterson said a downtown circulator running along Main Street — an option that has been revived recently in spite of its failure when it was tried in the past — could help some rid- ers if the bus station is moved further from the downtown core. "That is something we should have had already," Patterson said of the circulator. % Charles Hines is chairman of the Sarasota County Commission. Photo by Norman Schimmel Sarasota News Leader May 23, 2014 Page 25

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