STARS is reminding the Saginaw community that fares will return starting October 1st at a reduced rate.

Beginning October 1st, main bus route fares will be $1.00 for general public and $.50 for seniors or disabled, reduced from $1.50 and $0.75. LIFT paratransit rides will be $2, reduced from $2.75.

30-day passes for Mainline Bus Routes will be $40 for General Public and $20 for Seniors and ADA riders, reduced from $60 and $40.
“STARS has used federal relief funds to cover fares of our passengers, which means more than $1.25 million has stayed in the pockets of Saginaw residents affected by the pandemic. Over $1M was left in the hands of those most affected by the pandemic,” said Glenn Steffens, Executive Director, adding “This is a big change for some, so we are deliberately lowering fares and taking other measures to ease the pain that comes with this added expense.”

In addition to cash being accepted, STARS also will be rolling out smart cards and phone applications to make purchasing and using bus passes easier for riders. STARS will provide more information to the public, including on and on facebook, later this week.