New STARS program will allow riders to schedule transportation ahead of time

Saginaw, Mich. –  Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) will hold a July 21 press conference to announce their new 24/7 transit Dial-A-Ride service called “STARS Express” beginning July 23, 2017.

The new program will allow riders to schedule trips in advance by calling (989) 907-4040. The fare for the service will be $5.25 for all riders and STARS is asking that riders schedule rides at least one business day ahead.

The press conference will be held at the STARS Transit Center located at 615 Johnson Street starting at 9:30 a.m.

“STARS Express is the next logical step in providing complete transportation coverage to Saginaw residents,” said  Glenn Steffens, STARS Executive Director. “Starting Sunday, you can schedule rides around the clock. This new service is in response to public demand and aimed at employment, shopping, church services, and medical needs. In one word, STARS Express is about access.”

The STARS Express service will be available to anyone within the current STARS Service Area, which covers the City of Saginaw and key parts of surrounding townships, including the Fashion Square Mall and Saginaw Valley State University. This service is the result of various partnerships and community outreach efforts at STARS.

“STARS Express is having a huge impact on getting employees to work, especially those on second and third shifts. The curb-to-curb service and expanded routes give workers options to help them be on time and retain their jobs,” said Kathy Conklin, Executive Director of the Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership.  “We are so excited and grateful that STARS is helping solve the transportation challenges that many employees in our community face.”

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