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Subject: North County Transit District, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Lincoln, Nebraska
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Headquarters 710 'J' Street
Locale Lincoln, NE
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 14[1]
Fleet 60 Gillig transit bus[1]
9 Ford Glaval Handi-Van[1]
Website StarTran

StarTran is the public transit bus system in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. They operate 14 regular bus routes and a downtown circulator service on weekdays from 5:15 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. and Saturdays from 5:55 a.m. to 7:10 p.m. In January of 2013 StarTran entered into an agreement with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) to take over bus service completely, extending the current 24 Holdrege route to operate during university Holiday periods and until 9 PM during the Fall and Spring Semesters. In the agreement, it also added a new route, 25 Vine, to run opposite direction of 24 Holdrege on a similar schedule. There is no service on Sundays.[1] There is a special Handi-Van transportation service for those who have a disability that prevents them from riding a regular city bus.


  • Environmental 1
  • Statistics 2
  • Route list 3
    • Service cuts 3.1
  • Incidents 4
    • 2013 passenger assault 4.1
    • 2014 accident 4.2
  • Criticism 5
  • Operation 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


StarTran is one of few transit systems utilizing ethanol-powered buses. All but two buses in the StarTran fleet operate on an environmentally friendly mixture of 92% blended diesel and 8% ethanol, a program which began in February 2005. The two remaining buses in the fleet operate on biodiesel fuel (75% diesel/25% soybean oil), and have since January 1994.[2]


StarTran's 2005-2006 annual operating budget was $8,585,826, 65.75% of which was funded through the city, 16.64% from user fees, 16.06% federally, and 1.55% through the state of Nebraska. The total ridership for StarTran in the 2005-2006 year was 1,826,289 riders. StarTran's nearly 70 full-size coaches and handi-vans traveled 1,740,148 miles in the 2005-2006 year.

Ridership in 2004-2005 was 1,648,744, 97% of which were riders on fixed routes. 1,715,530 collective revenue miles were traveled by the fleet in the same year, 82.02% of which were on fixed routes.[1]

In August of 2012, StarTran announced it had 2 million rides for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, for the first time in 20 years.

Route list

  • 14 West Van Dorn
  • 24 Holdrege
  • 25 Vine
  • 40/41 Havelock/Heart Hospital
  • 42/43 Bethany/Normal
  • 44 O St/Community College
  • 45/46 Arapahoe/Arnold Heights
  • 47/48 Belmont/Salt Valley
  • 49/50 University Place/College View
  • 51/52 West A St/Gaslight
  • 53 Southpointe
  • 54 Veterans Hospital
  • 55 Star Shuttle

Service cuts

As of September 30, 2010, Routes 56 and 57 were taken out of service.*****


2013 passenger assault

A 43-year-old StarTran bus driver was fired after physically assaulting a 40-year-old passenger[3] on 23 March 2013 for "asking too many questions." The white driver beat a black passenger, hitting him at least 18 times before dragging him off the bus and throwing him into 84th Street in Lincoln.[4][5] The incident garnered national media mention, and a video of the incident went viral online.[6]

Troy Fischer was found guilty of 3rd degree assault in July 2013. His sentence in January 2014 called for 12 months' probation and 100 hours of community service.[7]

2014 accident

On 4 August 2014, a StarTran bus was involved in a three-car accident. The bus driver had to be extricated, and six people were injured.[8]


StarTran does not operate on Sundays, and weekday service ends early in the evening.

All routes operate on a "spoke" arrangement from the downtown, adding to travel time for cross-town trips, and creating unnecessary detours for some routes, such as the former "27th Street Shuttle", which bypassed a densely populated neighborhood.


Mid America Coach, Inc. is a supplier of StarTran public transportation vehicles.


  1. ^ a b c d e City of Lincoln, StarTran - Fact Sheet
  2. ^ City of Lincoln, StarTran - Highlights
  3. ^ Jonathan Edwards (12 April 2013). "Bus driver fired, accused of assaulting rider".  
  4. ^ "'"Bus driver fired after shocking video reveals passenger being punched 18 times in the head for 'asking too many questions.  
  5. ^ Carol Kuruvilla (13 April 2013). "Nebraska bus driver assaults a passenger for asking too many questions: authorities".  
  6. ^ Jonathan Edwards (25 April 2013). "'"Former coworker of bus driver: Attack video 'not representative of who he is. Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Update: Bus Driver Who Attacked Passenger Sentenced to Probation". 10/11 News. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "LFR: 6 Injured in StarTran Bus Accident". 10/11 News. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 

External links

  • City government website on StarTran
  • History of StarTran
  • Online Bus Tracker
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