StarMetro (bus service)
BRT Low Floor in StarMetro colors
|Slogan||Smart City. Smart Transit. Moving Forward Together. FUTURE FORWARD|
|Service area||Tallahassee, Florida|
|Routes||15 weekday, 12 Saturday, 4 Sunday/nights|
|Stations||C.K. Steele Plaza|
|Operator||City of Tallahassee|
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.
- 1 Routes
- 2 Enhanced services
- 3 Fares
- 4 Facilities and infrastructure
- 5 Fleet
- 6 Improvements/StarMetro Renaissance Project
- 7 References
- 8 External links
StarMetro operates every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Weekday service consists of 15 regularly scheduled fixed-routes, two flex-routes, and one express route that operates during peak travel times. The "Saturday" schedule consists of 12 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 four 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, Monday-Friday from 11:30 A. M. to 2:50 P. M. (last stop) & on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30 P. M. to 1:00 A. M. (last stop), StarMetro operates The "Lunch/Dinner Trolley" route, which offers free service to various entertainment locations in the Gaines Street (College Town), Downtown, Cascades Park and Midtown areas, serving each stop approximately every 20 minutes ("Lunch Trolley") & 30 minutes ("Dinner Trolley"). During "Celebrate America" on July 4th (Unofficially Route J4), StarMetro offers a special opportunity to view The Annual Fireworks at Tom Brown Park. So Park your car and enjoy a free bus ride to the event! Busses leave from The New Koger Center on Capital Cir. SE starting at 5:00 P. M., and continue operating approximately every 15 minutes until the last shuttle @ 8:30 P. M. After the Fireworks have concluded, or 10:00 P. M., return service will commence with the last shuttle leaving Tom Brown Park @ 11:00 P. M.
|A – Azalea||30 minutes (60 minutes off-peak east side)||Commonwealth & Capital Cir. NW , Tennessee St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Mahan Dr., *Fallschase (WalMart) Service to location funded by The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)|
|B – Big Bend||30 minutes (60 minutes off-peak north side)||Lake Jackson Town Center, Monroe St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Paul Russell Rd. (North Florida Fairgrounds), from Fred George Road to Capital Cir SW|
|D – Dogwood||30 minutes (60 minutes off-peak)||C. K. Plaza, Innovation Park|
|E – Evergreen||30 minutes (60 minutes off-peak)||C. K. Steele Plaza, TCC, Tharpe St., Park Ave., Capital Cir. SE, Conner Blvd. Extension (Tom Brown Park) to Apalachee Pkwy. (ACE Hardware & WalMart), Sutor Rd. & Trojan Trail (Lincoln High School)|
|F – Forest||30 minutes||Huntington Oaks, Mission Rd., Appleyard Dr., Jackson Bluff Rd., C. K. Plaza|
|G – Gulf||60 minutes||Ridge Rd., Paul Russell Rd. (North Florida Fairgrounds), C. K. Steele Plaza, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (via Miccosukee Rd..), Capital Regional Medical Center (via Capital Medical Blvd.) to Centerville Rd. & Fleischmann Rd. *Limited Service to Miccosukee Hills Apartments on Outbound trip|
|H - Hartsfield||60 minutes||Commonwealth Blvd., Hartsfield Rd., N Monroe St., RAA Middle School (MLK Blvd. & W Tharpe St.), 4th Ave., Bronough St., C. K. Steele Plaza|
|K – Killearn||60 Minutes (30 minutes morning-peak)||C. K. Steele Plaza – Village Square|
|L – Live Oak||45 minutes||Innovation Park, Orange Ave. & Blair Stone Rd. (Sergeant Ernest "Boots" Thomas" VA Outpatient Clinic), Apalachee Pkwy. Target & WalMart|
|M – Moss||30 minutes||Frenchtown, C. K. Steele Plaza, Bond Community, South City, (Paul Russell Rd., North Florida Fairgrounds)|
|P – Park||30 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, Park Ave., Governor's Square Mall|
|R – Red Hills||60 Minutes (30 minutes morning-peak)||C. K. Steele Plaza, E Lafayette St. (Florida Dept. of Transportation, Cascades Park), Parkway Center (E Lafayette St. & N/S Magnolia Dr.), through Koger Center (via Old St. Augustine Rd. to Apalachee Pkwy.), Capital Cir. SE/NE (Capital Regional Medical Center, Village Square)|
|S – San Luis||60 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, TMH, (via Miccosukee Rd. to Medical Dr.) Centre of Tallahassee, Macon Community (via Betton Rd., Bradford Rd., John Knox Rd. & Allen Rd.)|
|T – Tall Timbers||30 minutes (60 minutes off-peak)||TCC, FSU (via W Pensacola St.), Gaines St., CollegeTown, C. K. Steele Plaza|
|W – Southwood Express||40 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, Koger Center, Southwood Town Center
Additionally, the SouthWood Express route runs from downtown to SouthWood and back every 40 minutes with breaks in service from 9:30 to 11:25 a.m. and from 2:00 to 3:35 p.m. *Limited service at Florida Dept. of Revenue on Inbound trip
|StarMetro also offers two "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. The other "FLEX" route serves residents in the Southside, where riders can transfer to the Dogwood, Gulf, Live Oak and Moss routes. Riders must call StarMetro two hours before they wish to be picked up in order to use the FLEX routes.|
Also operates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veterans' Day & Day after Thanksgiving
|A – Azalea||60 Minutes||Lowe's Shopping Center, Commonwealth (Capital Cir. NW), Tennessee St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Mahan Dr., *Fallschase (WalMart) Service to location funded by The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)|
|B – Big Bend||60 minutes||Lake Jackson Town Center, Monroe St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Paul Russell Rd. (North Florida Fairgrounds), from Fred George Road to Capital Cir SW|
|D – Dogwood||60 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, Innovation Park|
|E – Evergreen||60 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, TCC, Tharpe St., Governor's Square Mall, Park Ave., Capital Cir. SE, Conner Blvd. (Tom Brown Park), Sutor Rd. & Trojan Trail (Lincoln High School), Apalachee Pkwy. WalMart|
|F – Forest||60 minutes||Huntington Oaks, Mission Rd., Appleyard Dr., Jackson Bluff Rd., C. K. Plaza|
|G – Gulf||60 minutes||Ridge Rd., Paul Russell Rd. (North Florida Fairgrounds), C. K. Steele Plaza, Governor's Square Mall (via Governor's Square Blvd.), Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (via Miccosukee Rd.), Capital Regional Medical Center (via Capital Medical Blvd.) to Centerville Rd. & Fleischmann Rd. *Limited service to Miccosukee Hills Apartments on Outbound trip|
|K – Killearn||60 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza – Village Square|
|L – Live Oak||45 minutes||Innovation Park, Orange Ave., Blair Stone Rd., Apalachee Pkwy. Target & WalMart|
|M – Moss||60 minutes||Frenchtown, C. K. Steele Plaza, Bond Community, South City (Paul Russell Rd., North Florida Fairgrounds)|
|R – Red Hills||60 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, E. Lafayette St. (Florida Department of Transportation, Cascades Park), Parkway Center (E. Lafayette St. & S. Magnolia Dr.), through Koger Center (via Old St. Augustine Rd. to Apalachee Pkwy.), Capital Cir. SE/NE (Capital Regional Medical Center, Village Square)|
|S – San Luis||60 minutes||C. K. Steele Plaza, E Tennessee St., N Magnolia Dr., Governor's Square Mall (via Governor's Square Blvd.), TMH (via N Magnolia Dr.), Centre of Tallahassee, Macon Community (via Betton Rd., Braford Rd., John Knox Rd. & Allen Rd.)|
|T – Tall Timbers||60 minutes||TCC, FSU, (via W Pensacola St.), Gaines St., CollegeTown, C. K. Steele Plaza|
Sunday & Night routes
Also operates New Year's Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July & Labor Day
|Route 1||60 minutes||Lowe's Shopping Center (Capital Cir. NW), Tennessee St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Miccosukee Rd.& Magnolia Dr. (TMH) , Governor's Square Mall , Kroger Center (Via Apalachee Pkwy.), Parkway Center (Via S/N Magnolia Dr.)|
|Route 2||60 minutes||Macon Community, Monroe St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Orange Ave., Woodville Hwy., Paul Russell Rd. (North Florida Fairgrounds)|
|Route 3||60 minutes||TCC, Pensacola St., Gaines St., C. K. Steele Plaza, Lake Bradford Rd.|
|Route 5||60 minutes||Frenchtown, C. K. Steele Plaza, Bond Community, South City (Paul Russell Rd., North Florida Fairgrounds)|
StarMetro operates fixed routes on the campus of Florida State University Monday through Friday while school is in session. The FSU Nite Nole route operates Monday through Saturday nights. These routes are free to the public and connect each campus with nearby student housing facilities. StarMetro used to also provide fixed routes on the Florida A&M University campus, but this was discontinued when the institution decided not to renew its contract with the agency and began providing campus shuttle services in-house .
- 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.
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 6 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.<ref>"Fares & Passes". City of Tallahassee StarMetro.
Facilities and infrastructure
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. Fourteen out of the 15 regularly scheduled weekday routes (Azalea, Big Bend, Dogwood, Evergreen, Forest, Gulf, Hartsfield, Killearn, Moss, Park, Red Hills, San Luis, Tall Timbers and Southwood Express) stop at the plaza, in addition to The Heritage Route serving Florida State University Campus, 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 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 rectangular blue sign featuring a white star, route in appropriate color that serves particular location & days of operation. Many stops have no amenities, while the busier stops and transfer points have various amenities including benches, waste containers, and/or covered shelters.
|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.|
|Year||Builder and model name||Length
|1968||General Motors Corporation
New Look (T6H-4523A) "Fishbowl"
|35 ft (10.67 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||6802-6806||Acquired when TalTran was formed in 1974. TalTran Logo (Blue & White), Partially Refurbished 1992 (6802 was not included & roll sign was missing) with separate wheelchair lift access alongside backdoor exit, opening windows, not equipped with power steering, lack of adequate air conditioning, original 1968 interiors preserved. 6805 Dubbed "The Ghostbuster", was in White paint most of the time and decorations were added for Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.|
|1976||General Motors Corporation
New Look (T6H-4523A) "Fishbowl"
|35 ft (10.67 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||7601-7623||TalTran Logo, Opening windows, partial interior refurbishing after floor separation.|
|30 ft (9.14 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||8201-8210||TalTran Logo, Opening windows.|
|1983||General Motors Corporation
|40 ft (12.19 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||8401-8404||TalTran Logo, First busses purchased with digital signs and locked windows, not wheelchair equipped.|
|1983||General Motors Corporation
|35 ft (10.67 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||8405-8411||TalTran Logo, Locked windows, not wheelchair equipped.|
|1992||Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
|35 ft (10.67 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||9201-9207||TalTran Logo, First modern busses equipped with wheelchair lifts and bicycle racks. 9207 After accident, had back digital sign moved slightly towards left but remained on right side, decorated for Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas.|
|1993||Orion Bus Industries
|25.92 ft (7.90 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||9301-9305||TalTran Logo, Low floor busses, driver seat high off floor, equipped with wheelchair lifts. 9304 & 9305 repainted February 1997 & named C. C. Rider for exclusive use on Capital Circle Office Center Shuttle.|
|1994||Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
|35 ft (10.67 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||9401-9425||TalTran, then StarMetro Logo. Some buses had interiors partially refurbished after floor separation. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. 9420 sold to Limo company in Quincy.|
|1994||New Flyer Industries
|40 ft (12.19 m)||102 in (2.59 m)||9426-9432||TalTran, then StarMetro Logo (Red, White & Blue). Equipped with wheelchair lifts. These buses were ex-Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency units purchased in 2005.|
|40 ft (12.19 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||9601-9609||TalTran, then StarMetro Logo. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. Sold To Various Limo Company's in Tallahassee.|
|2000||Advanced Bus Industries
|30 ft (9.14 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||2011, three unknown
|StarMetro Logo. Equipped with wheelchair lifts. These buses were ex-Central Ohio Transit Authority units. Used on the 80X Routes until 2007.|
|30 ft (9.14 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||0101, 0102, 0104, 0105, 0107–0109||TalTran, then StarMetro Logo. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. Bus number 0101 was in white paint most of the time & decorated for Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Two buses in this series were repainted for "The Rhythm Route".|
|30 ft (9.14 m)||96 in (2.44 m)||0301-0302||TalTran, then StarMetro Logo. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.|
Improvements/StarMetro Renaissance Project
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.