Thank you to all the drivers who automatically lower the bus when the best
place to stop is a curb cut or when the parked cars don't allow them to pull in
tight to the curb. I've noticed that more of them are doing this without being
I would also like to see bike racks on the buses. This would encourage
more people to ride the bus even if they live or work away from a bus stop.
The new route for the Star Shuttle will cause an inconvenience for many
people living in the area of 18th & J. As was mentioned at the open hearing
many of these people are elderly and/or disabled since there are several
high-rise apartment buildings in the area for those populations. The StarTran
representative made the cavalier remark that there is a stop 1 block away;
true--but it's uphill. Some of these people are on oxygen, use walkers, canes,
or scooters. Cold or hot weather can make walking even 1 block difficult for
people w/ heart & respiratory problems. Could the route be set up to
alternate trips into the Haymarket area & to the 18th & J St. stop.
The trips going to the 18th & J stop could still charge a small fee. The
emphasis on the new route seemed to center on catering to the UNL students who
want to bar hop & not drive or take a cab.
With the proposed route changes, I do not see service to the area of
60th & Vine. There are individuals who get on and/or off at this point on
the current East Vine route. How are they supposed to get to work? Which
proposed route would service this area? It makes more sense to keep this area
of Vine Street on the proposed "yellow" route.
Service to the north Wal-Mart without having to go downtown and then transfer
to the #27 has been provided by the 48th Street Shuttle (#18). From what I can
tell with the proposed changes, this will no longer be the case (unless you go
downtown and then transfer).
I lived in northern Kentucky for eleven years and used their metro bus
service. Bus routes ran until 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm Monday through Friday;
Saturday routes ended earlier; and Sunday routes ended even earlier. However,
at least there was service available and riders took advantage of the service.
With the proposed route changes, I will still be able to get to work.
However, the proposed changes to the East Vine route will affect many of the
I work at the Post Office at 7 & R in The HayMarket, and am glad there
is finally a plan to provide service there. I do feel the downtown shuttle
should continue to serve the many elderly in the vicinity of 18 & J. If it
adds a few minutes to the route, so what? That is now a high ridership for the
current shuttle, and should continue, while expanding into the HayMarket.
I also worry about the wisdom of discontinuing the UNL stop on Q for most
buses. Many UNL students and employees ride to there, and it was a good idea
to make it possible, with the downtown loop, to enable riders on most routes,
without complicated transfers, to get to UNL, and state and city offices. I
fear the new system would likely decrease ridership generally, although it
would work better for me, personally.
I was unable to attend the meeting last Saturday and I would like to take
this opportunity to express my opposition to the proposed changes. Here are
three reasons why I am against the changes. First, I am currently looking for
employment within the city of Lincoln. I fear these changes will limit the job
market even more. Second, I feel that the city of Lincoln should focus on
improving the bus service rather than cutting service. These changes WILL
confuse riders rather than improving service. Why does the city have all these
HUGE construction projects around Lincoln? It's a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Finally, I would like to raise the following question: How many city council,
advisory board, and LIBA members actually ride the buses? It seems like those
person(s) who are proposing these changes and making the decisions drive "the
car" and are not aware of the problems that could come with a huge change such
First of all, I fail to grasp the city's reactive rationale. Faced with
a problem of low ridership, the city proposes to make changes that will only
lead to further decreases in ridership. Instead, I'd like to see some effort to
promote the bus service as a safe, convenient (more on that later), and
environmentally friendly alternative. One step in this direction would be
putting bike racks on the buses, so that those who do not live in the immediate
vicinity of a bus stop could pedal to the stop, ride the bus cross town (for
example) and pedal off to wherever they are going.
Secondly, it is no secret that the vast majority of bus riders work
downtown. The city should take advantage of this, and take this fact as an
opportunity. Just as the university public gets a free bus pass with their
parking permit, employees of downtown businesses should. Any business that
takes up land downtown for a private parking lot -- a use that generates little
or no sales tax for the state budget, compared to placing a business on that
land -- should be charged an extra fee for bus passes for its employees. In the
end, the businesses themselves can benefit from this, since once people adjust
their habits, they will need less parking.
Finally, and yet again, the city is FAILING to think of this as a business
opportunity. If the city doesn't want to run the service - fine, but that's not
a reason not to have it at all. Solicit bids from private companies for
licenses to run a bus route. Private owners can pay for a year-long license to
cover a certain route, subject to certain conditions (hours of operation, driver
training, number of runs etc.) Out of the revenue generated by selling these
licenses, the city can cover the subsidized passes for the elderly and disabled
(which are not free anyway). The university already runs a parking shuttle.
There's no reason why it can't be responsible for the inter-campus shuttle --
maybe then it would also run during summer sessions. With private enterprise in
correct conditions, we'd have all the bus routes we could want, efficiently run
and adjusted on the basis of real supply-demand flows not the conclusions of a
PLEASE keep the LUX Middle School bus service as we have benefited greaty
during the past 3 years.
One remark I've often heard riding the buses is "I wish they would run
later than 6:15 for the last inbound bus." Could there be a trial period of 2
months where buses did run with the last inbound bus being at 9:15? This would
allow people to attend their children's school activities, night classes,
movies & other entertainment, &/or shop (other than on Saturdays).
Also try running buses more frequently on Saturdays. If you want more riders, you
need to offer more times.
I was unable to attend your recent public meeting. I ride Arapahoe bus and
am very happy with the current routing and times. I am very unhappy with the
proposed change in the route from Q street to N street. This does not make any
sense since the UNL provide probably the largest number of riders (I work at
UNL). I also do not see the point of adding some sort of downtown shuttle
service over the weekends. In this time of energy crisis it won't hurt anybody
to walk a few blocks before and after consuming alcohol. It sounds like this
change to appease some business group! I read in the paper that the drivers
almost unanimous to the proposed changes.
Once again I would like to know the rationale for the change in the route of
Arapahoe bus from Q to N Street because it makes no sense to me as I explained
Both my wife and I work at the Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus,
and both of us are regular riders of the Arapahoe bus. We are not the only UNL
staff and students who use the Arapahoe bus. I think the plan does a disservice
to the UNL community riders by not having the Arapahoe bus go closer to campus.
Staff and students who have classes and offices on the north side of campus
will be discouraged from using the bus, yet UNL is one of the major supporters
of StarTran. I hope you will reconsider at least this portion of your plan.
I am also concerned about the frequency of service. Between 9 a.m. and 3
p.m., service is usually hourly. Would the wait be even longer with the expanded
routes? I think that would have an adverse impact on ridership.
A number of elderly and disabled people live in apartments and homes
between 9th and 11th near Belmont Plaza. Also many people ride the bus to shop
at the plaza. It looks as if the proposed new route stays on 14th. Please
consider continuing the present route to 11th St.
I would like to see bike racks on the buses, at least morning and after
There was a lot of discussion on our bus this morning about the proposed
changes. The only positive comment was that one person liked the idea of being
able to ride the bus out to the South WalMart. The negative comments included
I have been riding the bus for several years. I used to be able to ride on
an express route (27X) that would drop me off at the end of my street (pretty
convenient, no?). I was usually home in 20 minutes (pretty normal commute
whether by car or by public transit). I caught it right outside my office at
11th & Lincoln Mall at 5:05 pm (again, pretty darn convenient).
Now, I ride Irving School. My home is still in the same place, and my
workplace has moved a few blocks. I walk 2 1/2 blocks to the nearest bus stop
to my home (not as close as before, but not bad). To get to work before 8 am I
have to leave the house at 7 am. (That's because the route only goes by my area
on it's outbound trip.) I reach my destination in downtown Lincoln around 7:45.
The route drops me a half a block from work. After work I catch the bus at the
same stop (half a block from work) at around 5:20 and I get home about 5:45
(trip home is about 10 minutes shorter than getting to work). When I rode the
Express route I was already home by the time I am now just getting on the bus.
I have looked at the new route proposals for my area. The jogs that the bus
is now taking into the residential areas (Sweetbriar, BriarPark, London Rd,
La Salle) to pick up passengers are all gone. I now have to walk 5 blocks to
the nearest stop in the morning from home and about 4-5 blocks from the
closest stop downtown to get to the office since the downtown loop has also
changed. These short jaunts may not seem like much to the city planners, but
will be very inconvenient when the weather is bad (rainy days, snowy days, windy
days, hot and humid days). Really, how often does the weather cooperate in
Nebraska anyway? And what other curves will you throw at me when I finally get
to see the scheduled times for the route? I can only guess.
Another rider that gets on the bus at the same stop as me is already walking
7 blocks from home to reach the current closest bus stop. With the change to
Irving School's route (SouthPointe), she will be walking an additional 3 blocks.
If the city wants more ridership, I would think that making the routes more
convenient for the customer would be the way to go, not by taking convenience
away. For me, the most convenient system that was in place since I've been
riding was the Express routes that ran in the morning and evening. Why not
consider putting those back in place? Why do you want to take away my convenient
bus stops, both near my home and near my workplace?
I do applaud your efforts to add more hours in the evenings and weekends to
the routes. And I also noticed that the route choice for my area has been
increased from one route to two (SouthPointe and Union College-Arnold Heights
It is, however, very disappointing to watch yet more customer service taken
away from the public transportation system in Lincoln. Please rethink what you've
done to the proposed routes. If you want customers, you should be finding out
what the customer needs and not what some company from New York thinks is
convenient for us, and not what is easiest for the city of Lincoln. Like the
cable company, you have a monopoly. Are you going to do what Time Warner did and
take away something that works well and give us something that barely works in
its place? At least we do have alternatives like Direct TV, but what alternative
to StarTran do we have - None! Please keep it convenient for your customers!
I was very happy to see that the new College View route will go south of
Highway 2 on 40th Street without the little jog down Sweetbriar, 37th, and
Wildbriar. Thank you.
I have looked at the proposed route changes for the yellow, black and red
bus routes. Since I use the bus and am familiar with it, I must comment on the
proposed changes. The yellow route needs to go on Vine street from 48th to 33rd.
First and foremost is the transfer to Bethany problem. Anyone from Vine to A
Street east of roughly 48th Street that wishes to go to the University East
Campus or any other area on the red route will now have to travel downtown and
back out because the transfer point at 33rd and Vine is gone. I ride East Vine
and know there are many students, faculty and staff that use that transfer point.
Secondly, those living in the 40th and Vine area now will have a one half mile
trek to reach a bus - that doesn't make sense. I also saw that the yellow route
goes through the large appartment complex near 44th and R streets. These riders
could easily be picked up by the black route using a minimal change.
I often ride the #10 East Vine bus to/from work downtown and find it very
convenient because it makes stops not far from my home. The new proposal
eliminates the route it takes through my neighborhood which will mean a longer
walk for me and my neighbors. It is not pleasant to have to walk farther when
one is dressed up for work and/or when weather is very hot or cold as it often
is in Lincoln. Please consider those of us who have been your customers for
many years! Thank you.
When I purchased my home nearly 11 years ago, I had 3 buses I could ride.
I now have two after the express buses were eliminated. I will be down to one
with the proposed routing and, as I understand the proposed routing, my commute
time will increase. On my way to work in the mornings, I currently get off the
bus, on its way downtown, across from the City-County Building. After work, I
am able to catch the second bus, which gets me home in a shorter commute time,
1 1/2 blocks from where I work. The proposed routing is a losing situation for
me and will probably have me driving.
Lincoln bus system needs to improve and instead of taking routes away the
city needs to increase them, and have them run later than 6:oo pm. I also want
to thank all the drivers of StarTran I really appreciate their promptness, and
I am unable to attend to attend the Public Hearing on June 16 as I will be
out of town. I am a regular customer from Colonial Hills on the current
College View #3 route. I am very supportive of continuing some limited CH
service in the new plan and the proposal now in the proposed plan looks like a
good alternative. As I understand, it would be a loop from 56th along Deerwood
to 64th/Starling (66th?) and back along Skylark to 56th. I do hope that the CH
departure time in the A.M. continues to be around 7:15 if there is to be only
one bus. I'm pretty flexible on P.M. departure from downtown in the 4:30-5:30
period. Thanks for the fine Star Tran service over many years and I want it to
As a UNL student who lives downtown, I am interested in the new shuttle
plan. I am very happy to see the shuttle hours extended to 7:00 p.m. and
midnight. I often have late hours on campus, so the extended bus hours are a
relief. However, I noticed that the shuttle route that goes until midnight
mostly services parking lots. The reason why I take the bus is because I don't
have a car. It would be fabulous if the shuttle would run all the way to the
State Capital until midnight. I know several students that live in that area,
which have late nights on campus, and do not own cars. Please consider this
before you make your final decision.
I rely on the O St. shuttle to get me to and from work. I take the 6:35
a.m. and go home on the 4:47 p.m. from Gateway Mall. There are many other
people who ride these same buses. I am very happy with the current schedule
and service. A town this side needs to encourage and increase the use of
public transportation. Please remember that people's lives really do depend on
this service. Thank you.
When I purchased my townhome 2 years ago, I took in to consideration the
Star Tran Bus Route so that I would be able to ride the bus to and from work.
Now, with the proposed changes, the East Vine #10 bus is eliminating quite a
few of us in that residential section of town. Please reconsider your patrons
that regularly take the bus to work from Steinway Drive and the surrounding area.
A few comments on the proposed bus schedule changes:
Comments for the StarTran Advisory Board Public Hearing on the Transit
RE: Proposed Weekday Westfield-South/ Neighborhood 1 Route
There is a good ridership between 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM on the Crosstown.
Therefore, it would be a shame to start the Neighborhood 1 proposed route at
9:00 AM without considering the needs of working professionals and students.
Please consider the importance of serving these customers on this new route and
update the bus schedule transportation hours so that customers will be able to
take this connection when reporting to work and school prior to 8:00 AM. With
the cost of gas and the upkeep of roads, this route has great connections that
could serve many customers during the early morning hours. Your consideration
to this request is most appreciated. Thank you!
I have to be honest and say that I wonder how closely StarTran is listening:
Over and over again, the rallying cry from Mr. Worth (sp?) is "where will we
get the money?", but I can promise him that losing ridership due to badly
planned route changes brought about by outsiders will lose StarTran more money
than gain. In my opinion the orange route is a schizophrenic, Jackson
Pollock-like combination of the Havelock, Eastridge, 27 street shuttle and 48th
As much as I can understand a need for change, this set of changes is one I
simply cannot stomach. Please, go back to the drawing board and try again. Oh,
and this time, don't use a firm from N.Y.C...please.
I am fairly regular rider of the bus from the Univ. Place neighborhood to
my work downtown. The proposed route changes for this area would adversely
impact a little, but not too much. However, to really evaluate the likely
impact I would like to see the proposed schedule. I couldn't find a draft
schedule on the website, is it available?
I am writing to lodge my concerns in relation to the new "orange route". I
am very disappointed that the plans to service such a large area of
inner-Lincoln (i.e. the Bryan/Trendwood & Eastridge) routes have been
mangled to the point of providing no sensible service whatsoever. Currently my
bus (#5) is full to capacity during peak hours and it baffles me as to why
consideration would be given to now abandoning that market of bus riders which
Additionally, to think that a bus will be able to travel from downtown Lincoln
to Wal-Mart area during peak traffic hours and maintain that 30-minute schedule
(which your current market of downtown workers relies heavily upon) can only be
the result of someone who has never actually driven that route during peak
hours or someone who is exceedingly delusional. I truly hope you will reconsider
the market numbers for B/T & Eastridge routes and continue to make bus
service accessible for the people who depend upon it and not mangle it until it
results in a totally defunct, non-profitable and riderless system.
How about a forum for riders to discuss all issues pretaining to the bus?
A general area and route specific forums and driver area. If you want
involvement and participation, we need an area of gathering and communication.
This is the best thing for building a strong bus community and representation.
ADVERTISING: We need more of it. The StarTran advertisements are boring
and uninformative. When I am listening or viewing an advertisement I want to
know why I should buy the product or service. Why should I ride the Bus? What
do I get out of it? The best ads help solve a problem. Here are a list of
several problems the bus solves for riders and the lines the advertisement
should be on:
a. economic problem - saves thousands of dollars over driving - $35 per month
b. transportation - reduced traffic, provides second vehicle, road cost less to
maintain if more people ride the bus
c. enviromental problems - reduces pollution, reduces noise pollution from
d. parking problems - costs less than monthly parking, reduces need for more
e. community - make new friends
f. freedom - mom and dad can give teens their independence by using the bus.
Mom and Dad can save time running around by having kids ride the bus.
I will be posting my ideas for advertisments here. How about the slogan
"RIDE THE BUS"? Variations will follow.
I have been riding the bus since 1999 it was a big help when I lost my car.
There are many things I like about riding the bus some of the route changes are
very good and well thought out some not so much. I currently live in Havlock.
The proposed changed to the the #1 are really smart you should be commended.
It will not really effect us to have the changes here. We will be able to go to
the Wal-mart on 27th and Superior with out any problems. Kudos on a route
change well planned.
I live near 56th and A, work at UNL's city campus and ride the #15 bus
occasionally. I would ride far more frequently if the bus service continued
later into the evening. I ride the bus for several reasons including
environmental concerns, relative daytime convenience and cost. (When gas prices
are near $3/gallon, it is cheaper to pay for my very expensive parking pass
that comes with a free bus pass and take the bus on the days I can come home
before 5:30.) If bus service were more frequent, I would consider not only
taking it to work regularly, but also taking it downtown for movies, dining and
other events. I was unable to attend the open house to learn about the new
proposed route schedules but I read about it in my neighborhood newsletter. I
am very disappointed to learn that the #15/Eastridge bus may be eliminated. I
am one of the many riders you will lose altogether if you eliminate this route.
With the growing interest in the environment, now seems like a perfect time to
promote and extend public transit services rather than to reduce them. Please
take this into consideration before eliminating routes.
With the proposed changes I have a concern regarding the proposed
downtown bus stops. If the only stops used downtown are the State Office
Building and 11 & O, the area serviced is narrowly limited. The 14th &
Q bus stop is frequently used and should not be eliminated from proposed stops.
To enhance services to all patrons express routes for individuals getting to
& from work during the times of 6a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
would serve a majority of your riders with an expanded service outside of the
peak times defined. The expanded service would serve the patrons needing the
bus for daily errands, appointments and shopping.
The proposed changes greatly effect many people and communication of changes
and updates are critical. Please continue to keep the public informed through
various means of communication like the Open House, phamlets and website updates.
I have used the services of StarTran- 27th Street South bus for the past 4
years. To facilitate picking up several long-term, daily riders who live south
and east of Old Cheney/40th Street and for the safety of the riders (minimum of
6) that have to cross 27th Street between Old Cheney and Pine Lake Road, when
let off, I would totally agree with the following suggested amendment to the
currently proposed Brown Route.
I currently get off the bus at 5:10 on the Northwest corner of the South 27th
and Jane Lane intersection and have to cross 27th Street to get home. There are
no crosswalks at that intersection. Many times I've had to wait 10 minutes
before it was safe for me to cross 27th Street. On Monday, March 26, 2007, a car
northbound on 27th stopped to allow me to cross. While the first car was
stopped, a second northbound car whose driver did not see the first car stopped,
narrowly avoided hitting the first car. At the time of the near-miss accident,
there were two cars waiting to turn from Jane Lane onto 27th Street, one car
waiting to turn left off 27th Street onto Jane Lane and dozens of cars headed
north and south on 27th Street.
By having the bus turn west onto Old Cheney and eventually head north on
27th Street, I could get off with out having to cross either Old Cheney or 27th
I work at UNL and have been a long-time rider of the bus from the Colonial
Hills area of Lincoln. I began by riding the Colonial Hills Express and in
recent years have been riding the College View bus three days each week. Twice
in the morning and twice in the afternoon the College View bus has a route
extended into Colonial Hills to accommodate riders in this area. I hope it will
be possible to continue providing some service to those of us in this area who
have grown to depend upon the excellent service we have received over the years.
Thank you for considering this request.
I have an idea for the 27th South route. I understand that a portion of it
is to be eliminated that runs through the neighborhood southeast of Southpointe
Mall. I would suggest that the route be changed to turn east at the 27th Street/Old
Cheney intersection and proceed east down Old Cheney to 40th Street. Then turn
south at the 40th Street/Old Cheney intersection to Pine Lake Road. Then turn
west at the Pine Lake/40th Street intersection to 27th Street. Then turn back
north onto 27th Street at the Pine Lake/27th Street intersection. That way, we
could get those people who's neighborhood route is to be eliminated close
enough to continue riding the bus. We could also help the people (like me) who
have to either get off at the Jane Lane stop and then try to cross 27th Street
(5 lanes) to get to the Seven Oaks neighborhood, or get off at the 27th Street/Old
Cheney intersection and have a 15-minute walk to get home. I have already been
hit by a car (January 2007), which was turning south onto 27th Street from Jane
Lane while I was trying to get across 27th Street. Fortunately, I wasn't
seriously hurt. But the 27th Steet/Jane Lane bus stop is very dangerous. If the
bus headed east down Old Cheney, we could exit at the Briar Rosa/Old Cheney
area, or even continue on the route until we could be dropped off at Jane Lane
heading north to avoid crossing 27th Street. Thank you for providing your
services, and I hope you will give my idea some consideration.
My name is Deb Altman and I live at __ Winding Way in southeast Lincoln.
Winding way is located between both the Normal (#13) and the Bryan (#5) bus
routes. I have been a resident of Lincoln all of my life with the exception of
the years between 1990 and 1995. I am partially blind and as a result, although
I am able to see fairly well, I do not have enough vision to be able to drive a
car. Therefore, I have relied heavily on the bus system here in Lincoln to get
me to work, school, church, shopping, etc. My husband is also blind, and
depends on the bus system, not only to get him to work, but he teaches other
blind people to travel and uses the bus system as an integral part of his
When my husband and I first bought a house here in Lincoln 12 years ago, one
of our considerations was its location to the nearest bus stop that would allow
us to get to work, shopping, etc. The location of that home was great because
it was within reasonable walking distance to 3 different bus routes. Two
years ago we decided to move to a different home about a mile away from our
first one, and again, took the location of the nearest bus routes into heavy
consideration. This time the area we have chosen is serviced by the 2 nearby
bus routes noted above, and a third, the 48th Street Shuttle (#18), that is
still within reasonable transfer distance or walking distance when the transfer
times do not match up conveniently.
With the recent development of the proposed bus route changes, we have become
greatly concerned that these changes will drastically limit our transportation
availability, and greatly impact our lives as a result. After examining the
proposed new routes, we have discovered that though there will be a bus that
will take my husband to work there will be no service to the nearest grocery
store at 70th & Van Dorn, and no service to the Catholic school our daughter
attends at 77th & Trendwood, both of which are currently available via the
above named bus routes. This will mean that we will have to walk approximately
16 blocks one way to get to school/church, and approximately 12 blocks one way
to the nearest grocery store. Because such things will become quite
inconvenient, we may be forced to sell our home and move again, just to be
assured of reasonable transportation.
It should be noted that we are not the only people who will be impacted by
the loss of bus service to this general area. I have spoken with nearby
neighbors who also express concerns. Also, recently my daughter's private
school bus has been discontinued and as a result, we have been riding the Bryan
Hospital bus every weekday morning from Winding Way/Broadmore (approximately
64th & South) to 77th & Trendwood and know that there are several people
who will be faced with the same situation. When we board the bus, there are
already a few people riding who are also traveling east toward the end of the
route which covers an area between 70th & South and 77th & South and
stretches north to A Street and east to 84th Street. Some days there are as
many as 6 or 8 other passengers, other days there are only 2 or 3, but there has
never been a day when we were the only ones riding. Furthermore, there have
always been other passengers picked up between 70th & South & 77th and
South. Some days I have seen as many as 5 to 6 people get on after we do, and
other days it may only be 2 or 3, but again, there has always been someone
boarding toward the east end of the route. Those individuals will also be forced
to walk further to catch the bus, or if they even have a car, may choose to
drive simply because the distance to the nearest bus stop will be more than
they would like. We were hoping to have our daughter continue to ride the
StarTran bus next year rather than the private school bus because the StarTran
fare is less than half of that of the private bus. However, with the
elimination of service to that area, we will be forced to continue to use the
private, much more expensive means of transportation, that is, if it becomes
available again. Otherwise we will have to walk the 16 blocks one way as
Another area that will be affected by the route changes is 70th &
Pioneer. This portion of the city has been developed fairly extensively in the
last few years, and offers a reasonable amount of shopping and other businesses,
including a fairly large medical complex in which our family doctor is located.
With the proposed discontinuation of service to that area, the nearest bus will
be at least 14 blocks away. This will force people like us to walk an
unreasonable distance, take a cab which is far less reliable, or even possibly
change doctors just because of the lack of decent transportation to that area as
On a positive note, I am pleased to see that the changes call for more
frequent service, and for most routes to remain the same on both weekdays and
weekends. I am also pleased to see that there is proposed service to the south
Wal-Mart area as well as continuing transportation to the area of South Pointe.
However, recognizing that these are growing areas is not enough. As this city
develops the trend has been for businesses to be built/move further out to the
east/southeast, southwest and northwest. In reviewing the plans, I did not see
adequate service to these locations, particularly to the east/southeast and
southwest. I urge that consideration to these areas also be given when approving
final route plans.
In conclusion, I would like to say that though I feel some of the proposed
changes are reasonable, others are not. Additionally, adding more frequent
busses will serve no purpose if there is a loss of service and passengers in
certain parts of the city. Therefore, I request that all parties involved in
the development and finalizing of the proposed route changes consider retaining
some type of service to the general location between 70th & Van Dorn and
70th & A up to and including 84th Street, and that consideration be given to
retaining service to the general area of 70th & Pioneer as well.
I ride #6 Arapahoe betweeen 17th/High and 13th/Q(UNL). I find the current
route and the schedule of #6 perfect for my transportation needs. Therefore I
request that, please, do not make any changes for this route or at least try
to keep the changes to a minimum. I understand that this bus will not hit
13th/Q stop under the proposal. That does not make any sense to me because a
lot of the riders on it are UNL people. Please do not remove the 13th/Q stop
from its route. Thanks for listening.
First, let me express my sincere appreciation for the response to my many
questions I had at the "OPEN HOUSE", 4:00p.m. on 3-28-07. The two individuals
I talked to were Mike and Brian. They both were well-versed and very
professional. I had somewhat of a negative feeling going into this OPEN HOUSE
with my concerns and questions, but left absolutely positive!!!! THANK YOU,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Second, PLEASE, could you publish times for the DRAFTED routes. I understand
these routes are only drafts, but times would complete the process for many of
us discussing these changes.
Also, any plans for extending the weekday hours to later in the evening?
Are there any fare increases coming with these route changes?
Please respond. Once again, thank you.
For my situation, the proposed routes affect me negatively. I currently
ride the Bethany and Arnold Heights busses. The Bethany route comes within one
block of my house and the University Place route is within three blocks from my
house. The proposed routes are three blocks and five blocks. Also the proposed
green route does not show the morning and afternoon trips to Speedway Motors
where as many as six riders got on and off. I am also concerned about transfer
possibilities with the proposed routes since I need to transfer between Bethany
and Arnold Heights to get to work and back. There are a number of riders that
live between North 33rd Street and North 48th Street on the Bethany route. The
proposed routes will not work for them.
I notice that several route areas in east Lincoln are being omitted under
the proposed plan. Have you considered having some "Park & Ride" points
in that area to compensate for those omissions?
I appreciate the need for review and evaluation of the current transit
system in order to determine and meet Lincoln's needs. But why choose an
outside firm that has no familiarity with the city? These individuals are not
long term riders in the Lincoln bus system and, while their opinions may be
objective, their experience with this community is limited. The experts are
always as expert as they appear to be and a lot of times a regular person has
more insight and experience that can be an eye opener.
Please do not eliminate the Q street bus stop. Many university
students and employees use the stop and locating a pick up point farther away
will prolong the travel time for people. In addition, my gratitude for the Q
Street stop during winter time is endless as I know that when I get off the bus
at that location, the University will have cleared the walks and I will not have
to try and cross streets with those gosh darn snow ridges going down the middle.
I have heard comments from people that riders can get off at the proposed
downtown stops and then board a shuttle to get to campus. That is very
unrealistic. Many of us have to go further in to campus locations that the
city bus system and the university bus system service. In addition, if one
misses the shuttle then it is necessary to wait for the next one. How
frequently are these shuttles going to run during the morning and evening
commutes? 10 to 15 minutes can be a long wait when one needs to get to work on
time or to catch the bus to go home.
The current downtown loop system is better as the stops are relatively
convenient to travel from and to reach no matter where one is in the area.
Why does the new proposed shuttle service end at 11th and H Streets? That
particular stop is horrible and the current stop at 11th and G Streets is far
superior. It is easier for riders to get on and off the bus at 11th and G while
the 11th and H location has a small waiting area and the sidewalk has a steep
slope down to the street level that is treacherous in winter time.
I've riden Lincoln buses on a consistent daily basis for over 30 years and
for the most part I've been pleased with the service. Okay, I'll admit I was
not pleased when the Salt Valley bus was changed to go down 13th Street. Thank
you for reading my comments.
I ride the Eastridge bus (#15) from my home near Randolph and Eldon streets
to my office at UNL. I am disappointed to hear that proposed changes to the
bus routes would eliminate service to my neighborhood. The current bus route
that I use is very convenient, and I would hate to lose it.
I ride the bus to save money on parking and gas for my car, to reduce
congestion on Lincoln's streets, and to reduce the amount of CO2 that I put
into the atmosphere. Discontinuing bus service to my neighborhood would be
inconvenient for me and force me to drive more every week.
Please give more serious thought to maintaining all existing bus routes more
efficiently and encouraging more people to adopt public transportation rather
than cutting service to any neighborhoods. I'm sure you've considered
investing in fuel-efficient buses, park and ride programs, and aggressive
marketing of "bus billboard" space to make StarTran economically viable. We
need to be as creative as possible when tackling this issue because it has an
important impact on the rest of the world.
City by city Americans are rethinking our massive energy consumption and the
effects it has on global economies and the environment. I think Lincoln can
and should join the effort to use energy more wisely, and a shift toward mass
transit would be a step in the right direction.
I attended the noon open house and appreciate a nice show, good staff and
apparently great response from riders and the public. As a strictly personal
point of view from a work trip rider from home to the County City Building, I
will be a lose lose person on my route. I will have farther to walk from the
stop to my place of work and instead of two routes and times (three if I take
Havelock) to my home I will have only one. I now have a 10 minute window
between buses on different routes and that will disappear also. And the
Downtown Loop as we know it will also disappear. I know there will be some
winners but for me and my level of service today, it's a loser.
My husband and I have been riding the bus to and from work daily for the
past 42 years. I can tell you stories… Star Tran has improved by leaps and
bounds over the years. We've had almost no reasons for complaint. Although we
have moved several times, we have usually lived right on the bus route
(coincidentally). We have never had to walk more than three blocks to the bus
stop. During the past 15+ years we have had door to door service between home
and work, depending on our work schedules.
Several great improvements have been the addition of wheelchair
accessibility, "radio" communications, bus passes (especially 12th month free),
At one time our route had an express bus which went straight down A street
between 77th & 56th, picking up/dropping off a large number of riders
between 84th and 56th. The bus was usually full. The route was changed to almost
exactly follow the regular route from 84th & A to 52nd & South. Besides
duplicating the regular route on an almost identical schedule twice a day, the
riders lost were never replaced by new riders and the bus was never as full. As
a result the express was eventually dropped and an extra loupe added to the
regular route twice a day with little or no allowance for extra time. The
change didn't seem to benefit Star Tran and certainly not the riders that were
Over the years I have observed that whenever a route has changed, the riders
lost exceeded the riders gained. Just when ridership increases a route change
is made and we must once again build ridership. Does that make any sense?
How can consultants from outside our city, who do not ride our buses long
enough (if at all) to get an adequate example of the ridership, design a system
appropriate to Lincoln? How many of the board members are regular riders or
drivers? The drivers know the routes and the rider load at any given point and
time better than anyone else. How many of them are consulted?
My suggestion: Poll Lincoln residents to find out where potential riders
are located and design routes to fit the need. Possible questionnaire:
I would like to see changes that increase energy efficiency. Using ethanol
blended fuels is great, but to be sustainable, we must use less fuel.
Encourage Lincolnites to ride the bus to help reduce carbon emissions and
global warming! What better advertising opportunity are you waiting for?
I am happy to see that there is a plan to improve the current public
transportation available in Lincoln. The city and the riders both have a lot
to potentially gain here.
I think the goal should absolutely be to expand the service. I know a lot
of people who say that they would ride the bus happily if it came near their
house or work, or ran more often, or ran later into the night. I have been
riding the bus as a student at UNL city campus for four years now. I have
seen ridership increase exponentially in that time - back then, I was usually
one of maybe a few people riding, and now during rush hour there is sometimes
standing room only. The time is ripe for change! In a perfect system, a person
without a car could realistically get around town using only public transit.
There are three things I would love to see change.
I think that the current system of giving state employees and UNL free passes is
genius, and encourages a lot of people who might have been on the fence to
actually utilize the system. I think it would be cool if it were possible for
businesses or organizations to also get that kind of blanket "subscription" so
their employees could have a pass. Talk about incentive!
None of the changes made will make a difference unless the public knows about
them, and they're given enough time for it to catch on. ADVERTISE!!! Not just
on the buses - that's the choir. I think it will take billboards, tv
commercials, radio spots, fliers, painting the outsides of the buses, as much
as possible. The money needed for these changes to last will be gotten through
all the fares this increased ridership garners - but the news needs to get to
the people who aren't looking for it (or gave up looking). That's the only way
to break the vicious cycle of "nobody rides the bus there's no money to improve
It doesn't seem that you are making bus riders aware of the changes that
will affect their bus system. Yes, there is a sheet hanging in the corner of
the buses behind the driver. Who can read that!?!
Several signs should be posted in several locations in the bus. The sign
you developed is too long and too small to read. You need big signs, with the
dates and locations of the public meetings. There is plenty of under used
space where ads currently are located.
It is also strange to me that a company was hired from New York. What
would a New Yorker know about transporation needs in Lincoln, NE. I am
positive that this was a waste of money. Unless you ride the bus everyday,
at all times of the year, there is no way of judging what needs to be
changed. It is sad that a few "select people", many that don't even use the
system, will determine my fate as a bus rider.
I am a blind person who has been using the transportation system here in
Lincoln for over 15 years. I know that there need to be changes in the current
system to make bus service better, but not at the expense of bus service I have
come to rely on. What I mean is this. In the early 90s the bus service was
cut from routes that ran every half hour, to routes that ran every hour. Also,
the Saturday routes were combined making it very time consuming to travel. With
the proposed changes, there are benefits as well as drawbacks. We must weigh
them both, before continuing. On the current routes, I can walk one block and
catch a bus. I can get to residential areas, and I can get just about anywhere
I need to go. The new plan would cut out most residential areas. That would
mean walking a farther distance to catch my bus. Also, if the new routes are
enacted, I may have to transfer 2 or 3 times to get where I need to go. The
grid system might be good for the larger cities, but I believe it would make
things harder here. Finally, if certain routes are combined, that will mean
longer wait times.
Accessability and frequency are the key issues here. If Star Tran can figure
out how to make the bus service more accessable, and increase the frequency of
the routes then GREAT. Otherwise, I believe the present routes should stay in
I have worked at 84th and 'O' Streets and have lived in various parts of
Lincoln since 1989. I have tried for most of that time to find a route to get
me to work in a reasonable period of time. Unfornately, I have always had to
go downtown to transfer which serves to make the trip very long. So for most
of the time I have driven my car to work. Right now it takes 15 minutes for me
to drive to work and close to an hour to ride the bus. I want to suggest
transfer station nearer to the center of the city to cut down on the travel
time when transfers need to occur.
I am a Student at SCC, and I have rode Star Tran for the last 3 years,
three to five days a week, twice a day. I know that there is a vast need for
improvement to the present system. I say this because of 3 reasons:
Thank you for your time.
I work at Post Office 7 & R. Will we ever get bus service to Hay
Market, before I retire. The study last year recommended expanding something
like Star Shuttle to UNL downtown & Hay Market, and hours into evening.
But a beginning of this could be initiated tomorrow by simply extending the
current Shuttle route, during its current hours. This would be nearly without
expense, and should have been done last year. Why the wait?