StarTran is now using a new Bus Operator Simulator System that helps train new employees and strengthen skills for current operators. A grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Ladders of Opportunity Initiative funded 70 percent of the cost.
Transit Director Mike Davis said the system is an accurate representation of what a public transit driver may encounter. The system features a 330-degree virtual display with surround sound that mimics the experiences of operating a StarTran bus. The simulator features 60 driving scenarios that include navigating various types of streets, traffic devices, pedestrians, passenger noise and street conditions such as rain or snow
"Safety is StarTran's first consideration in everything we do, and we continue to raise the bar on safety with new innovations," Davis said. "We appreciate the FTA's investment in our vision to be one of the safest modes of transportation and for giving us one more way to attract, train and retain best-in-class, professional operators."
For more information on StarTran, visit startran.lincoln.ne.gov or call 402-476-1234.