StarTran buses, riders could see changes

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Story by Cole Miller, NewsNetNebraska

The city’s bus and public transportation system have always been a topic of debate. Cuts have been made over the past years and more could be coming.

In Mayor Chris Beutler’s proposed 2011-2012 city budget, hours of operation would be reduced even further.

Anitra Huddleston recently moved to Lincoln from Omaha. She said Lincoln’s public transportation systems are lacking in comparison to other cities. Huddleston also said reworking the whole program may be necessary.

International student Lukshani Radnayake doesn’t always ride the bus, but having it there is convenient when she needs it. She said she hasn’t had any real problems with StarTran, but has heard stories about people waiting for long periods of time to catch a ride.

The City Council will debate and amend the bill over the upcoming weeks, and citizens can give their thoughts on August 8 at a public hearing. The new fiscal year begins September 1.

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