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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
November 21, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Larry Worth, StarTran, 441-7185
Les Helms, Amalgamated Transit Union, 466-1165

Mayor Announces Free Bus Rides for Parade
New low-floor buses also dedicated

Mayor Don Wesely today announced that all rides on StarTran will be free Saturday, December 8th for the Star City Holiday Parade in downtown Lincoln. The free day is sponsored by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1293.

“Riding StarTran is a great way to beat the traffic heading to the Parade,” said Mayor Wesely. “Thanks to the generosity of the Transit Union, bus rides will be free all day on all routes, making StarTran a great way to get around town for holiday shopping.” The Parade begins at 11 a.m.

“This is one way we can give back to the community we serve,” said Les Helms, Transit Union President. “We also want to make people aware of our organization and to promote the excellent bus service we have in Lincoln.” The local Transit Union includes about 60 StarTran bus drivers and mechanics.

Mayor Wesely also helped dedicate 20 new low-floor buses, which will replace older non-accessible buses in the StarTran fleet. The 35-seat buses were built by the Gillig Corporation of Hayward, California.

“I want to commend StarTran for its ongoing effort to improve bus service, especially for those with disabilities,” said Mayor Wesely at the news conference at the League of Human Dignity.
The Federal Transit Administration provided $4.3 million of the $5.2 million in funding for the new buses. The local portion came from the city’s general fund.

Those wanting information on StarTran routes and schedules can call 476-1234 or check the city web site at www.lincoln.ne.gov.

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