StarMetro (bus service) Information

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StarMetro Logo.png
StarMetro Gillig BRT 29.jpg
BRT Low Floor in StarMetro colors
SloganSmart City. Smart Transit. Moving Forward Together. FUTURE FORWARD
Founded1974
Headquarters Tallahassee, Florida
Service area Tallahassee, Florida
Service typeBus
Routes15 weekday, 12 Saturday, 4 Sunday/nights
Hubs1
StationsC.K. Steele Plaza
Operator City of Tallahassee
Website www.talgov.com/starmetro/starmetroHome.aspx

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

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.

Weekday routes

Route Headway Destinations
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.

Saturday routes

Also operates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veterans' Day & Day after Thanksgiving

Route Headway Destinations
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 Headway Destinations
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)

Campus routes

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 [1].

Enhanced services

  • 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

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.

Fleet

Active fleet

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) 0039–0043 Used for The Midtown College Town & Dinner Route
2005 Gillig
Advantage G29B102N4
35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0501–0505,0507 & 0508 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2006 Gillig
BRT G29E102R2
StarMetro Gillig BRT 29.jpg 29 ft (8.84 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0601–0605 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. 602–605 are now in FSU Colors and operate exclusively on FSU Routes.
2007 Gillig
BRT G29E102R2
29 ft (8.84 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0701 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. 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 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.Bus 0706 is currently inactive
2009 Gillig
BRT G27B102N4
35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0901–0904 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. Buses are featured in a unique Florida State color scheme and shuttle passengers from and within FSU.
2009 Gillig
BRT G27B102N4
35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 0905–0908 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2010 Gillig
BRT G27D102N4
41 ft (12.50 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 1001–1012 1003 Involved in crash on July 20, 2019, damaging front end. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2011 Gillig
BRT G27B102N4
35 ft (10.67 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 1101–1103 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks. Wrapped in FSU Colors.
2011 Gillig
BRT G27D102N4
41 ft (12.50 m) 102 in (2.59 m) 1104–1105 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2012 Proterra
EcoRide BE35
35 ft (10.67 m) E002–E005 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2012 Gillig BRT 41 ft (12.50 m) 1201–1202 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2013 Gillig BRT 41 ft (12.50 m) 1301–1302 Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2015 Gillig Advantage CNG 29 ft (8.84 m) FRG1501–1503 CNG Powered. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2017 Gillig Advantage CNG 35 ft (10.67 m) 1701–1706 CNG Powered. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.
2018 Gillig Advantage CNG 35 ft (10.67 m) 1801–1803 CNG Powered. Equipped with wheelchair lifts & bicycle racks.

Promotional fleet

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.





Year Builder and model name Length
(feet)
Width
(inches)
Numbers Retired Notes

Retired Fleet

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.
1982 Blue Bird
City Bird
30 ft (9.14 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 8201-8210 TalTran Logo, Opening windows.
1983 General Motors Corporation
RTS-04 (T80-604)
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
RTS-04 (T70-604)
35 ft (10.67 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 8405-8411 TalTran Logo, Locked windows, not wheelchair equipped.
1992 Transportation Manufacturing Corporation
RTS-06 (T70-606)
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
02.501
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
RTS-06 (T70-606)
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
D40LF
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.
1996 NovaBus
RTS-06 (T80-606)
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
TSV-30
30 ft (9.14 m) 96 in (2.44 m) 2011, three unknown
(4 buses)
StarMetro Logo. Equipped with wheelchair lifts. These buses were ex- Central Ohio Transit Authority units. Used on the 80X Routes until 2007.
2001 Gillig
Advantage G18B102N4
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".
2003 Gillig
Advantage unknown
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.

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