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StarMetro
StarMetro
is the city-owned and operated public bus service for Tallahassee, Florida, and was previously known as TalTran. StarMetro operates both fixed-route and dial-a-ride service in the Tallahassee metropolitan area.

Contents

1 Routes

1.1 Weekday routes 1.2 Saturday routes 1.3 Sunday routes 1.4 Campus routes

2 Enhanced services 3 Fares 4 Facilities and infrastructure 5 Fleet

5.1 Active fleet 5.2 Promotional fleet 5.3 Retired fleet

6 Improvements/ StarMetro
StarMetro
Renaissance Project 7 References 8 External links

Routes[edit] StarMetro
StarMetro
operates every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Christmas
day. Weekday service consists of 11 regularly scheduled fixed-routes, one flex-route, and one express route that operates during peak travel times. The "Saturday" schedule consists of ten of the weekday routes, typically with the earliest trip eliminated and/or the headway reduced. The "Sunday" schedule consists of a completely separate system of five routes that is not as extensive as the weekday/Saturday routes. This Sunday route system is also run on weekday and Saturday nights (7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.). All weekday and Saturday routes are named for Tallahassee area locations and symbols while the Sunday routes are numbered. Additionally, on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:00 P.M. to 3:00 A.M. StarMetro
StarMetro
operates the "Rhythm" route which offers free service to various bars in the Gaines Street, Downtown, and Midtown areas. Weekday routes[edit]

Route Headway Destinations

A – Azalea 30 minutes Commonwealth, Tennessee St., Mahan Dr., Fallschase

B – Big Bend 30 minutes Monroe St. from Fred George Road to Capital Cir SE

C – Canopy 30 minutes Tennessee St. between Tallahassee Community College and Downtown

D – Dogwood 30 minutes Innovation Park

E – Evergreen 30 minutes TCC, Tharpe St. and Park Ave.

F – Forest 30 minutes Huntington Oaks, Mission Rd., Appleyard Dr., Jackson Bluff Rd., Downtown

G – Gulf 60 minutes Ridge Rd., Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Capt Regional Medical Center

K - Killearn 60 Minutes Downtown - Village Square

L – Live Oak 45 minutes Innovation Park, Orange Ave., Blair Stone Rd., Apalachee Pkwy.

M – Moss 30 minutes Frenchtown, Bond Community, South City

R - Red Hills 60 Minutes Kroger Center - Village Square

S – San Luis 60 minutes Commonwealth Area, Tallahassee Mall, TMH, DownTown

T – Tall Timbers 60 minutes TCC, FSU, Downtown, Koger Center, Capital Circle NE, Village Square

Additionally, the SouthWood Express route runs from downtown to SouthWood and back every 60 minutes with breaks in service from 9:30 to 11:25 a.m. and from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. StarMetro
StarMetro
also offers a "FLEX" route which connects residents in the Lake Jackson area to the Lake Jackson town center, where riders can transfer to the Big Bend and Forest routes. Riders must call StarMetro
StarMetro
two hours before they wish to be picked up in order to use the FLEX route. Saturday routes[edit]

Route Headway Destinations

A – Azalea 60 Minutes Commonwealth, Tennessee St., Mahan Dr., Fallschase

B – Big Bend 60 minutes Monroe St. from Fred George Road to Capital Cir SE

D – Dogwood 60 minutes Innovation Park

E – Evergreen 60 minutes TCC, Tharpe St. and Park Ave.

F – Forest 60 minutes Huntington Oaks, Mission Rd., Appleyard Dr., Jackson Bluff Rd., Downtown

G – Gulf 60 minutes Ridge Rd - Downtown - Capital Regional Medical Center

K - Killearn 60 Minutes Downtown - Village Square

L – Live Oak 45 minutes Innovation Park, Orange Ave., Blair Stone Rd., Apalachee Pkwy.

M – Moss 60 minutes Frenchtown, Bond Community, South City

R - Red Hills 60 Minutes Kroger Center to Village Square

S – San Luis 120 minutes Commonwealth Area, Tallahassee Mall, TMH, Downtown

T – Tall Timbers 60 minutes TCC, FSU, Downtown, Koger Center

Sunday routes[edit]

Route Headway Destinations

Route 1 60 minutes Tennessee St., Magnolia Dr., Governor's Square Mall , Kroger Center

Route 2 60 minutes Macon Community, Monroe St., Orange Ave.

Route 3 60 minutes TCC, Pensacola St., Gaines St.,

Route 5 60 minutes Frenchtown, Bond Community, South City

Campus routes[edit] StarMetro
StarMetro
operates fixed routes on the campuses of Florida
Florida
State University and Florida
Florida
A&M University Monday through Friday while school is in session. These routes are free to the public and connect each campus with nearby student housing facilities. Enhanced services[edit]

Bike-On-Bus is a free bike rack system which allows up to two people on a first-come, first-served basis, to load their bikes onto bike racks fixed to front of the buses Next by Text allows riders to learn the arrival time of the next bus at any stop by texting the stop number to 27299. Spirit Express transports Florida State Seminoles
Florida State Seminoles
football fans from the Tallahassee–Leon County Civic Center
Tallahassee–Leon County Civic Center
to Doak Campbell Stadium and back. Children under 12 ride for free. Bus charters are available with StarMetro. Community Transportation Coordinator. Transportation services for citizens throughout Leon County are available. Riders must qualify through Medicaid, Developmental Disabilities or the Transportation Disadvantaged program for transportation. This is door-to-door service with fares charged based on the sponsoring program.

Fares[edit] The regular, one-trip fare is $1.25 and the reduced one-trip fare is $0.60. The reduced fare is available for seniors, children, disabled persons and people on Medicare. Passengers who purchase a one-trip fare may request a transfer ticket from the driver, which are free; those are valid for up to two transfers within 90 minutes of the ticket being issued; round-trips & stopovers are prohibited. Kids below 42 inches (110 cm) ride for free with fare-paying rider; limit 3. StarMetro
StarMetro
offers three unlimited ride pass options: rolling 24 hours of unlimited rides for $3, rolling weekly unlimited for $10, and a rolling 31-day unlimited pass for $38.[1] Facilities and infrastructure[edit] StarMetro's main station is C.K. Steele plaza, which was named for the Reverend Charles Kenzie Steele. It is located at 111 West Tennessee Street in downtown Tallahassee on the block bordered by Tennessee Street, Adams Street, Call Street, and Duval Street. The plaza features 24 covered gates for passenger boarding and alighting. Amenities at the plaza include restrooms, covered seating areas, bus driver lounge, and a customer service booth. Seven out of the 11 regularly scheduled weekday routes (Azalea, Big Bend, Canopy, Dogwood, Evergreen, Forest, and Moss) and the SouthWood Express route stop at the plaza, making it the single busiest stop in the system. In addition to StarMetro
StarMetro
busses, Steele Plaza serves as the eastern terminus of the Gadsden Express route, which connects the residents of Quincy and Midway to Tallahassee. Megabus also uses the plaza as its Tallahassee stop along the Orlando – New Orleans Route. The headquarters for StarMetro
StarMetro
are located at 555 Appleyard Drive at the corner of Appleyard and Jackson Bluff Road. Only two routes pass this facility (Forest and Live Oak). Located on this property are administrative offices, a bus maintenance facility, bus parking lot, call center, and customer service window. Bus stops are referred to as Star Stops, and they are denoted by a circular blue sign featuring a white star. Many stops have no amenities, while the busier stops and transfer points have various amenities including benches, waste containers, and/or covered shelters. Fleet[edit] Active fleet[edit]

Year Builder and model name Photo Length (feet) Width (inches) Numbers Notes

2000 Gillig
Gillig
Trolley

35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0001-0004 Used for The new Trolley Routes that debuted in February 2017

2001 Gillig Advantage G18B102N4

35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0103,0106 and 0107 Before being sold buses 104&105 were painted in a special music themed variant to promote the short lived "Rhythm Route".

2003 Gillig Advantage G18B102N4

35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0301-0302

2005 Gillig Advantage G29B102N4

35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0501-0509 0509 was Stolen by a passenger and was crashed in a police chase that ended in Quincy. The bus was recovered and operates today

2006 Gillig BRT G29E102R2

31 ft (9.45 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0601-0605 602-605 are now in FSU Colors and operate exclusively on FSU Routes

2007 Gillig BRT G29E102R2

31 ft (9.45 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0701 FSU Route Exclusive wrapped in FSU Colors

2007 Gillig BRT G29D102N4 (0702-0706), G27D102N4 (0707-0710)

41 ft (12.50 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0702-0710

2008 Champion Defender

36.1 ft (11.00 m) 95 in (2.41 m) 0801-0805 These vans are featured in a unique Florida
Florida
State color scheme and shuttle passengers from and within FSU.

2009 Gillig BRT G27B102N4

37 ft (11.28 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0901-0904 Buses are featured in a unique Florida
Florida
State color scheme and shuttle passengers from and within FSU.

2009 Gillig BRT G27B102N4

37 ft (11.28 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0905-0908

2009 Champion Challenger

23 ft (7.01 m) 95 in (2.41 m) 2901-2914 These vans are only used for StarMetro's Dial-A-Ride
Dial-A-Ride
service, which utilizes door-to-door service designed for senior citizens and the disabled, who may not be able to get to a standard bus stop. Dial-A-Ride
Dial-A-Ride
features separate, smaller, multi-passenger vans equipped with handicap access and side mounted wheelchair lifts.

2010 Gillig BRT G27D102N4

41 ft (12.50 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 1001–1012

2011 Gillig BRT G27B102N4

34.9 ft (10.64 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 1101–1103 Wrapped in FSU Colors

2011 Gillig BRT G27D102N4

41 ft (12.50 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 1104–1105

2012 Proterra EcoRide BE35

34.9 ft (10.64 m)

E001-E005 Used only on the Canopy Route

2012 Gillig
Gillig
BRT

41 ft (12 m)

1201-1202

2013 Gillig
Gillig
BRT

41 ft (12.50 m)

1301-1302

2015 Gillig
Gillig
Advantage CNG

35 ft (11 m)

FRG1501-1503 CNG Powered

Promotional fleet[edit]

Year Photo Numbers Notes

2005

0555 The "Big Dipper" is a miniature vehicle resembling a bus and operated by one StarMetro
StarMetro
employee. Custom built by the StarMetro
StarMetro
maintenance shop from used bus parts, the "Big Dipper" is used in Tallahassee's parades at Winter Festival and Springtime Tallahassee.

Retired fleet[edit]

Year Builder and model name Length (feet) Width (inches) Numbers Retired Notes

1976 General Motors Corporation New Look (T6H-4523A) 35 ft (10.67 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 7601-7623

1982 Blue Bird City Bird 30 ft (9.14 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 8201-8205

1984 General Motors Corporation RTS-04 (T80-604) 40 ft (12.19 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 8401-8404

1984 General Motors Corporation RTS-04 (T70-604) 35 ft (10.67 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 8405-8411

1992 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation RTS-06 (T70-606) 35 ft (10.67 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 9201-9207

1993 Orion Bus Industries 02.501 25.92 ft (7.90 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 9301-9305

1994 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation RTS-06 (T70-606) 35 ft (10.67 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 9401-9425

1994 New Flyer Industries D40LF 40 ft (12.19 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 9426-9432

These buses were ex-Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency units purchased in 2005.

1996 NovaBus RTS-06 (T80-606) 40 ft (12.19 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 9601-9609

Sold To Various Limo Company's in Tallahassee

2000 Advanced Bus Industries TSV-30 30 ft (9.14 m) 96 in (2.44 m) Unknown (4 buses)

These buses were ex- Central Ohio Transit Authority
Central Ohio Transit Authority
units. Used on the 80X Routes until 2007

Improvements/ StarMetro
StarMetro
Renaissance Project[edit] From 2006–2009, StarMetro
StarMetro
began a makeover including new routes, stations, and stops. One planned change is the addition of two new transfer stops. These stops will make it possible to travel across Tallahassee without changing buses at the downtown hub station. In addition, StarMetro
StarMetro
is planning wireless internet and television in buses, GPS-enabled buses with live location maps over the Internet, solar-lighted stops with live location maps, and blinking lights at stops to let drivers know of waiting passengers. The C.K. Steele station includes renovation and installation of information kiosks. Seats on the newer-model buses are made of padded plastic and are arranged front-facing in rows and sideways against the walls, much like a subway car layout. All models in use except the Dial-A-Ride shuttle vans exceed 4000 pounds, and therefore are not equipped with seat belts. All buses are equipped with climate-control and interior lighting. StarMetro
StarMetro
implemented a complete route overhaul dubbed "Nova2010" in 2010, which reduced the current system to 11 routes, of which only 4 are intended meet at CK Steele Plaza. The routes now run at closer intervals than before, while providing transfer points all over the city — no longer requiring all two-bus trips to transfer at CK Steele Plaza. Some trips may now require two transfers, but will still generally result in a more direct and faster trip than transferring at the Plaza. References[edit]

^ StarMetro. "Fares & Passes." City of Tallahassee. http://www.talgov.com/starmetro/starmetro-fares.aspx

External links[edit]

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Florida
portal Transportation portal

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StarMetro
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