Mayor Don Wesely and StarTran officials today invited everyone to participate in "Ride for America" Day Thursday, October 11. No fare will be charged that day, but donations will be accepted for the disaster relief funds of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
"This idea came from StarTran employees, and we haven't heard of any other local bus systems taking on this project," said Mayor Don Wesely. "Many of our regular riders are low-income citizens who can't afford to make donations, so this provides them with a way to contribute to the relief efforts."
The adult fare to ride StarTran is $1. The fare for elderly and disabled citizens is 50 cents, and children under four ride free. The October 11th promotion also applies to the $2 Handi-Van service.
Transit Manager Larry Worth said StarTran's average income for one day is about $2,800, but he's hoping the amount left in fare boxes will be greater. Checks can be made out to the Red Cross and/or Salvation Army, and those unable to take the bus can mail donations to "Ride for America," StarTran, 710 "J" Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. Everyone who contributes will receive a flag pin.
"Not only will riders be contributing to a good cause, they will also be taking a positive step for the environment," said Mayor Wesely. "In Lincoln, cars and trucks account for three-fourths of the air pollution emissions. Increasing bus ridership can lead to better air quality in our community."
Worth said he hopes those who try the bus for a day will realize the convenience and cost savings
and become regular riders. Information on riding StarTran is available by calling 476-1234 or
on the city web site: www.lincoln.ne.gov under Public Works and Utilities.