StarMetro

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StarMetro Logo.png
StarMetro Gillig BRT 29.jpg
BRT Low Floor in StarMetro colors
Slogan Smart City. Smart Transit. Moving Forward Together.
Headquarters Tallahassee, Florida
Service area Tallahassee, Florida
Service type Bus
Routes 11 weekday
Hubs 1
Stations C.K. Steele Plaza
Operator City of Tallahassee
Website 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.

Routes[edit]

StarMetro operates every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and 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 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 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 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 Reigonal 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 operates fixed routes on the campuses of Florida State University and 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 football fans from the 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 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 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 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 maintnence 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 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
StarMetro Gillig BRT 29.jpg 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 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 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 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 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 BRT 41 ft (12 m) 1201-1202
2013 Gillig BRT 41 ft (12.50 m) 1301-1302
2015 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 employee. Custom built by the 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 units. Used on the 80X Routes until 2007

Improvements/StarMetro Renaissance Project[edit]

From 2006–2009, 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 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 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]

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

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