Tips for Easy Riding

Route & Schedule Information

To get started riding StarTran, try our online trip planner or consult the routes & schedules. If you have additional questions regarding any of the routes, schedules, or services offered by StarTran you may call the StarTran Customer Service Office at 402-476-1234 weekdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Operators are on hand to assist you in making your ride a pleasant and convenient one.

Related: Plan Your Trip


Be Ready When Your Bus Arrives

If you are paying your fare with cash, please have exact change ready when you board the bus. Drivers are not allowed to give change, handle or deposit fares. If you do not have exact change, a change card will be issued which can be utilized on your next trip. This change card cannot be exchanged for cash. For your convenience StarTran offers 31-consecutive-day passes and 20-ride passes.

If you are using a digital pass, be sure to load your pass on your smartphone prior to boarding your bus. Wait until the bus approaches the stop before activating your pass.

StarTran is not currently collecting fares. Fare collection will begin October 17, 2022


Identifying Your Bus

Every StarTran Bus is marked beside the front door and above the windshield with a route number and name. If you should have any doubts or questions about the routes, please feel free to ask the bus driver.

Markings above the windshield and beside the door identify each bus. Most stops are marked by a sign.

StarTran Bus Stops

Bus Stop Sign Example

All bus stops on every route are marked by a blue and green bus stop sign. Always arrive at your bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive so that you will not miss your bus. For passenger convenience, bus shelters are located at major boarding areas.

For your safety, buses will not load or unload in a construction zone (i.e. barricades, orange cones, barrels, fence, tape, piles of dirt, holes, etc.). In a construction area, loading and unloading will be at the next designated stop before or after the construction zone.


Passes

StarTran passes make your traveling even easier! Passes may be purchased from a mobile device using the Token Transit app, in person at the StarTran office and several outlet locations, or by mail order. For more information on passes, visit the Passes and Fares page or call 402-476-1234.

Save money and avoid the inconvenience of a cash fare with a StarTran pass.

Related: Passes and Fares


Transfers

If you need to take more than one bus to get to your destination, ask your StarTran driver for a transfer when paying your fare. Transfers are free and allow you to change buses without having to pay another fare. One free transfer is allowed per paid fare.

A transfer allows you to board a different bus going in the same direction as if it were the first bus you boarded. The transfer is good for one hour or until the next connecting bus arrives.


Getting Off the Bus

In order to let the bus driver know when you want to get off the bus, just pull the bell cord or press the strip above your seat one block before you want to get off. This will alert the driver to let you off at the next designated stop.

If you are not familiar with the area, ask the driver to let you know when you are approaching your destination.

Watch Video: How to Get Off the Bus

Traffic does NOT stop for the bus, so when you get off the bus you need to wait on the corner for the bus to pass and check all directions for traffic before crossing the street.


Lost and Found

Please check your seat before exiting the bus and make sure you have all of your belongings as StarTran is not responsible for lost or stolen items. However, if you do leave something, you may call the StarTran Customer Service Office at 402-476-1234 between 8:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Every attempt will be made to recover your lost item. Lost and found items can be picked up at 710 “J” Street. Items will be kept up to 15 days, so please be sure and pick up your items within that time.


Wheelchair AccessibleWheelchair Accessible Route Service

All of StarTran's regular bus routes are wheelchair accessible.


Paratransit Services

Disabled persons unable to use regular bus service may qualify/register for specially equipped StarTran Paratransit at the League of Human Dignity, 1701 "P" Street, 402-441-7871. Following registration, reservations for Paratransit may be made by calling the StarTran Dispatcher. Fare for the special door-to-door service is $3.50 each way. Special Transportation Services 20-ride and 31-consecutive-day passes may also be used.

Paratransit Van

Related: Paratransit Program


Reduced Fares for Seniors & Disabled

Reduced bus fares on fixed route buses are available to senior citizens (62 and older) and disabled persons. By showing your bus driver a Medicare Card, Senior Saver, Go For Less Photo ID card or State ID/Driver's License you may ride the bus for only 85¢ or purchase a 20-ride pass for $16.00. IDs can be obtained from the League of Human Dignity at 402-441-7871.


UNL / StarTran Transportation Program

This program allows UNL students, faculty, and staff to ride any StarTran regular, fixed route service with a special bus pass issued by the University. Persons using this pass must also present a current UNL photo I.D. card when boarding the bus.

Related: UNL Routes


Courtesy Suggestions

  • For the comfort of all passengers, smoking is not allowed on StarTran buses or at bus stops.
  • As a matter of courtesy, if you are able, please give your seat to an elderly or disabled person.
  • StarTran buses are your buses, so please take pride in them when riding by not littering or vandalizing.
  • Please see the Bus Passenger Rules page for more information.
  • If you have any problems or suggestions, write to:
    Customer Service, StarTran
    710 “J” Street
    Lincoln, NE 68508
    or call us at: 402-476-1234

Related: Bus Passenger Rules


Holidays

Buses do not operate on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day