Lincoln Transit Makes Service Changes
Published on March 24, 2021
StarTran recruiting bus operators and mechanics
Lincoln Transportation and Utilities (LTU) today announced changes in transit service on five bus routes effective April 1 through May 12. Buses will serve patrons every 60 minutes during the hours listed below. Previously, these routes offered a mixture of 30 and 60 minute service during different times of the day.
- 40 Heart Hospital – 5:55 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- 41 Havelock – 5:40 a.m. to 8:28 p.m.
- 42 Bethany – 5:40 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.
- 49 University Place – 5:55 a.m. to 8:31 p.m.
- 53 SouthPointe – 5:52 a.m. to 6:52 p.m.
No other transit service will be affected. Notices of service changes will be placed on the buses and on social media. Updated schedules will be available on buses the week prior to the change. VANLNK, the City’s on-demand, same day, shared ride service and paratransit service are also available. StarTran’s summer schedule begins May 12. Visit transit.lincoln.ne.gov for details.
LTU Director Liz Elliott said the changes result from a decline in StarTran ridership and staff shortages caused by the pandemic. She said transit services identified the lowest ridership routes for the least amount of impact to patrons for this limited time.
“The pandemic has affected many lives and services in different ways, and our transit system is no exception,” Elliott said. “We know these changes will impact some riders’ schedules and we appreciate the public’s patience during this brief service modification.”
Elliott added that transit services is recruiting bus operators and mechanics via a new careers webpage at transit.lincoln.ne gov. The site includes an overview of the transit team, a job application portal, testimonials, benefits, training information, and frequently asked questions. Bus operator applications will be accepted from Saturday, March 27 through Sunday, April 11.
“A career at StarTran is a great opportunity to contribute to this community, and the new careers webpage is an excellent way to see what we have to offer,” Elliott said.
For more information on routes, schedules, and transit job applications, visit transit.lincoln.ne.gov.