Mayor Chris Beutler today announced the ridership on StarTran's fixed route buses was up 20 percent in the first four months of this fiscal year compared to the same period two years ago. Ridership totals for September through December of each year were:
"Economic conditions and the price of gas could be factors in this increase of nearly 128,000 riders," said Mayor Beutler. "But we also have to credit StarTran for its system improvements, special promotions and focus on customer service."
StarTran Transit Manager Larry Worth said recent improvements include the addition of bike racks to all buses; new downtown bus shelters with digital signs for arrival times; and "get on board" web access to track buses live online. He said school booster service is meeting the needs of many students. The Big Red Express service for UNL home football games and the special event shuttles also continue to be popular.
Worth said full-price fares have remained fairly consistent since 2008, and the pass program for low-income riders continues to increase, with a record high usage of 2,900. Special fare promotions have included the summer StarPass for youth, 20-ride tickets for $20 and a holiday sale of 31-day passes for $20.
Information on all StarTran fares and routes can be found by visiting startran.lincoln.ne.gov or calling 402-476-1234.