FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2017
CONTACT: Glenn Steffens, STARS Executive Director – 734-660-8805
STARS DIRECTOR ON BUS ROUTE SYSTEM: “WE AREN’T FINISHED YET”, ANNOUNCES TOWN HALL FOR INPUT
Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) will hold a town hall-format public hearing regarding changes to the City bus route system. The hearing will be at the Saginaw City Hall Council Chambers at 6pm on Thursday, October 19. All are welcome to attend. STARS will provide free STARS Express rides home for attendees needing transportation after the hearing.
This August, STARS launched a new 9-route bus system. While the new routes were designed to fix sources of many complaints about the bus service, STARS Executive Director Glenn Steffens says that STARS is aware that there are still “tweaks” needed. Additionally, STARS expects to expand the number of routes servicing Saginaw. While an implementation date has not yet been set, the goal is to roll out needed changes at the same time as adding new bus routes, with all the changes taking place later this fall.
“We aren’t finished yet. If you have issues with the new system, STARS is listening. What works on paper doesn’t always work in practice. We’ve watched and learned a lot over the past month, heard the positive feedback and the complaints, and now have solutions to offer. Before we make any final decisions, however, it’s important we go back for more input from our riders,” stated Steffens.
Steffens detailed a few changes that riders can expect to talk about: One or two more bus routes for a total of 10 or 11 routes enabling more service; Splitting up the Route 54 into two routes to combat tight running times and make better transfer times; Having the Route 106 leave at the top of the hour and run the opposite direction to better serve workers along the Bay corridor; Servicing more dialysis centers, Covenant Mackinaw, and the Dixie Kroger in Bridgeport; and “Leaning up” several other routes to better guarantee that the system continues to run on time. Winter weather can cause significant delays, and STARS wants to ensure that the bus system can handle it before snow hits the ground. The Kroger on Gratiot was a candidate for service, but the recent announcement of its closure has changed plans.
Anyone unable to attend the hearing may submit written comments to:
STARS Executive Director – Public Comment
615 Johnson Street, Saginaw, MI 48607
Or via email at:
Glenn Steffens, JD/MPA
Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS)