The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on January 2, 1996 · 84
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The Tampa Tribune, Tuesday, January 2. 1996 FloridaMetro-5 Company in van of ride-sharing programs From Page 1 a $250,000 grant in Pinellas County. Van pools can take a big bite out of traffic congestion considering that one van removes eight cars from the road. It also reduces air pollution and saves fuel. Just one van can eliminate 91,000 vehicle car miles from the road, reduce air pollution and conserve 5,687 gallons of gas in a year. Law can recite all sorts of reasons why van and car pools are a good alternative to simply slapping down more asphalt. He says it's a pretty easy sell when his group makes its pitch for using van pools to employees. The problem has been persuading employers to give them access to the workers. Agency officials have met with about 50 companies to show them how easy it is to start van pools and how little effort it takes. The agency can take a company's employee list and generate a computer chart showing where every worker lives by ZIP code. In addition, the agency can match people who work at different companies but have similar commuting patterns. Some of the vans already running are filled with co-workers while others carry employees who work in the same geographic area. Patty Alvarez drives a Brandon-to-downtown van every day with six co-workers from the Hillsborough County Tax Collector's Office and another downtown worker. "Everybody has a real good time," said Alvarez, a supervisor in the tax collector's office. "They don't have to worry about traffic, finding a place to park or digging out money for the Cross-town Expressway." When it comes to dollars and cents, there's no question car or van pooling is cheaper, Law said. Driving your own car costs about 40 cents a mile, according to the American Automobile Association. So, if you drive 30 miles a day to work, it costs $120 a week when you factor in gasoline, insurance, maintenance and depreciation, the AAA estimates. While the advantages may be clear to proponents, Americans remain reluctant to give up having their own car at all times. "As we speak, it's still a tremendous challenge to provide mobility that's appealing enough to get people out of the single occupant car," said Gary Brosch of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. The number of people who drive to work alone rose from 69 percent in 1980 to 77 percent in 1990. One of the ways Bay Area Commuter Services hopes to make van and car pools more appealing is to make sure commuters aren't stranded at work if an emergency arises. They devised the Guaranteed Ride Home program for people who ride the vans at least twice a week. The program provides a free taxi ride up to eight times a year. The agency has nearly 30,000 names in its computer database, which matches potential car poolers with each other. About 1,000 car pools in the bay area are running regularly now, Law said. That's a big jump compared to 1994-95 statistics that show only about 435 car pools. Proponents say commuters can be just as pleasantly surprised as Marilyn Brinson if they will decided to hang up their keys. "I've always treasured my independence, and I never thought I'd do this thing," Brinson said. "But I really treasure the company." a -gSfbEi - -V:. .1 'A t '. v-srv Sarah Noyle, project manager for Bay Area Vanpool, looks over j a vehicle delivered to driver Rudy Scheffer, a GTE employee. ; 1 971 Dallas (Love Field), San Antonio, Houston (Hobby) 1975 South Padre Island (Harlingen) 1 977 Corpus Christi, Lubbock, MidlandOdessa, El Paso, Austin 1978 Amarillo 1979 New Orleans 1 9B0 Oklahoma City Tulsa, Albuquerque, Houston (Intercontinental) 1 982 San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco 1984 Little Rock 1985 Chicago (Midway), St. Louis, Ontario Nashville FLORIDA f 3st:(siisli-ONE-WAY 1987 Birmingham, Detroit 1989 Indianapolis, Oakland 1990 Burbank, RenoTahoe 1991 Sacramento 1992 Cleveland, Columbus 1993 Louisville, San Jose, BaltimoreWashington (BWI) 1 994 Salt Lake City, Orange County, Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Boise, Tucson 1995 Omaha 1998 Tampa Bay, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando It's been quite a ride. From a three-plane intrastate carrier in Texas to the nation's fifth largest airline in terms of domestic passengers boarded. We've made a lot of friends along the way with our famous low fares, all jet fleet, and Legendary Customer Service. And starting January 22, we're pleased to add Tampa Bay and Ft. Lauderdale to the list of cities we serve. So even though the arrival of Southwest in Florida has been 25 years in the making, we're quite sure you'll find it's worth the wait. (And just so you don't think we're pokey: Southwest Airlines has the best on-time record of all reporting airlines according to statistics published by the Department of Transportation.) Call your travel agent or Southwest Airlines today. n 1 JUCLrfe) Just Plane Smart 1-800-1-FLY-SWA (1-800-435-9792) Orlando service starts Spring 1996. Service may not be available between all citiesairports. Fare does not Include $3 airport tax. On-time performance based on systemwide on-time arrival data for all of 1994 as published in DOT consumer reports. 1995 Southwest Airlines Pair, man battle for inheritance From Page 1 ruled that the Rodriguezes have a j superior right to the inheritance i money, the 1st District Court of Ap- J peal in Tallahassee reversed that ; decision. " That decision, the couple's law- ; yers say, was wrong. "They refused money to victims in favor of the criminal who took advantage of them," Teach said. ' The Rodriguezes' journey to- ; ward justice began in February ! 1984 after Maria Rodriguez's par- J ents died in Puerto Rico, leaving j her an $18,000 inheritance. At the i time, Carlos Rodriguez worked as a j driver for Irwin in what turned out j to be a bogus cab company in Col- Her County. i Rodriguez lent his boss the mon- ; ey after Irwin assured him quick re- ; payment plus $2,900 in interest. ! Shortly after, Irwin disappeared, 1 The Rodriguezes obtained a judg- ; ment against him, but they didn't . know where he was and had no way , to enforce payment of the debt. Irwin, meanwhile, grew popular with the cops. He appeared on "America's Most Wanted" and according to Kentucky newspaper accounts was arrested in Dallas in 1991 after he was profiled on the television show "Unsolved Mysteries." ' " The FBI accused him of disappearing after securing large ; amounts of credit from banks and using it to buy items such as gold' bullion. He also was questioned about the 1993 slaying of his mother in Wyoming. After Irwin went to prison, his name popped up as the owner of ; $49,000, the unclaimed portion of his grandmother's policy. After the appellate court ruled in favor of Martin Young, the agency asked the judges to order the disbursement of the money. Teach and Moody, meanwhile, sued in Naples and Tallahassee, asking judges to keep Martin Young from collecting. Caught in the middle is the banking and finance department ". Late last month, Paul C. Stadler Jr., the department's assistant general counsel, responded to the lawsuit by asking a judge to order the money disbursed to the court registry in Collier County. "We would like to give the money to the court so that the court can decide where it should go," he said. On Dec. 11, Circuit Judge Charles T. Carlton ordered the money deposited in the Collier County registry, where it would be out of the reach of the judges in the 1st District. A hearing to decide whether the department should comply is set for Wednesday. WALLY'S NATURAL WONDERS ROCK AND GEM STORE -Amathyst Ambar Gamstona Opal Gam Cutting Quartz Crystal Rock PoUshw 6007 N. Armanta Ava. 874-3131 10-6:30 FLORIDA CORPORATION INCORPORATE OVER TM PHONE... fTt EASY COMPLETE - IHCLimRSt Arllrttf. f 99 At 73 lerperua)., Crrttt MIubIm, my am l.awa Pirurili Buft rra(k &af Siwk OfNflra.it, Prtllmiairr Name Searrh. Sfala PHinr Fm. 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