StarTran Transit Manager Mike Davis said the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has finalized its data that show Lincoln transit ridership increased about 3.6 percent from 2017 to 2018. The increase of about 85,000 riders earned StarTran the award for largest increase in ridership of urban systems in Nebraska.
The FTA had previously presented StarTran with an award for the largest ridership increase in the four-state region. The FTA now says that award was based on "draft" figures showing a 27 percent increase in Lincoln's ridership.
Davis said the increase in ridership coincided with the implementation of the Transit Development Plan in 2016. Ridership was down 3.2 percent from 2014 to 2015 and 5.8 percent from 2015 to 2016 before increasing 4.5 percent from 2016 to 2017
More information on StarTran is available at startran.lincoln.ne.gov.