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FREE RIDES TO VACCINATION LOCATIONS  

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kim Britton, VP, Planning & Development
STAR Transit
[email protected]

FREE RIDES TO ALL VACCINATION LOCATIONS  

TERRELL, Texas – STAR Transit is providing free rides for persons with confirmed appointments to get the COVID 19 vaccine shots.  The curb-to-curb service extends outside of the agency’s service area. Rides are available Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  For this purpose, STAR Transit is temporarily adding Saturday service from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Reservations should be made at least one service day in advance and are based on vehicle availability.

“STAR Transit understands the reasons why receiving the vaccine is so important for everyone, and we are committed to helping in the best way we can—offering free rides to all persons living and working in our service area,” said Tommy Henricks, Executive Director.

“We are treating this request like we would a medical appointment which means a person within our service area can travel to any vaccination site in our service area including all of Dallas County”, he continued.

To schedule a free ride, call STAR Transit at least one business day but not more than two weeks in advance of the desired trip.  Scheduling Agents are available during normal business hours Monday-Friday (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at (877) 631-5278.  Se Habla Español.  For same day service in Terrell, Kaufman, Mesquite and Balch Springs, book through the STARNow app, using the promo code C19VA for the no-fare ride. (The app can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.)

STAR Transit serves Kaufman County, Rockwall County, Seagoville, Balch Springs, Mesquite, DeSoto and Hutchins.

The Fleet Department continues intense cleaning and sanitizing of all vehicles throughout the day. Drivers have been provided hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, and are equipped with disinfecting spray to use during their shifts.

About STAR Transit.  Founded in 1988, STAR Transit is the fourth largest transit agency in the North Central Texas region—and the largest not funded by sales tax. Revenues are derived from federal and state grants as well as local partnerships with cities, counties and businesses.   STAR Transit provides safe, affordable and convenient transportation to the general public, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment, etc. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 235,000 rides annually.   The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

STAR Transit announces Employee and Driver of the Year

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kim Britton, Deputy Executive Director
STAR Transit
[email protected]

STAR Transit announces Employee and Driver of the Year

(Terrell, TX) – Eight individuals were recently honored during STAR Transit’s Employee Appreciation Meetings.  Jeff Rohman was announced as the 2020 Employee of the Year, and Wynette Blackburn received the 2020 Driver of Year award.

Nominees for Driver of the Year included Blackburn along with Eleanor Luttrell and Yolanda Hamilton.

Mrs. Blackburn has been with the agency six years and drives STARNow in Kaufman County.  Antonio Harris, Transportation Director, said, “Wynette is one of the hardest working drivers we have.  She is not afraid to take on new challenges and cares for our riders as if they are family.  We are all very proud of her”.

As the recipient of Driver of the Year, Wynette received $1,000.

Nominees for Employee of the Year included Rohman, Teresa Elliott, Sherri Faulk and Kenyatta Brown.

Jeff celebrated his sixth anniversary in July.  Tommy Henricks, Executive Director, said, “As our Asset Management Director, Jeff and his team have been instrumental in keeping our vehicles sanitized and clean during the pandemic, ensuring our drivers and riders feel safe when traveling with us.  STAR Transit is very thankful to have him.  Congratulations Jeff!”

As the recipient of Employee of the Year, Jeff received $500 and two paid days off.

STAR Transit launched the Employee of the Year and Driver of the Year initiative in September of 2015.

In addition to Driver of the Year and Employee of the Year, the following employees also received recognition.  Outstanding Leadership – Kim Britton; Outstanding Customer Service – Shelby Ward; Humanitarian Award – Sherri Faulk; Outstanding Service – Antonio Harris; Admin Rookie of the Year – Star Ramirez, and Driver Rookie of the Year – Yolanda Hamilton.

“These programs recognize many of the  outstanding employees we have on our team.  Congratulations to all of our recipients!” said Henricks.

About STAR Transit.  Founded in 1988, STAR Transit is the fourth largest transit agency in the North Central Texas region—and the largest not funded by sales tax. Revenues are derived from federal and state grants as well as local partnerships with cities, counties and businesses.   STAR Transit provides safe, affordable and convenient transportation to the general public, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment, etc. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 235,000 rides annually.   The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

PUBLIC NOTICE | Open Board of Directors Positions

STAR Transit is a Texas Rural Public Transportation District and Governmental Entity organized and existing under Chapter 458 of the Texas Transportation Code.

STAR Transit now has an open Board of Directors position for Place 3.

Under our current ByLaws, this open nomination process is open to citizens in our entire service area.  Nominations will be accepted from any official elected to public office in the STAR Transit service area or any identified member of the public who has established residency in the STAR Transit service area.

To be eligible to serve on the Board, the individual must maintain a place of permanent residence or full-time employment in the STAR Transit service area, currently in Kaufman and Rockwall Counties and the Cities of Balch Springs, DeSoto, Hutchins, Mesquite, and Seagoville.

Nominations require the use of a STAR Transit Board Nomination Form and completed Board of Directors Application.  The form allows residents to nominate a Board of Director and an associated Alternate.  Alternates to the STAR Transit Board vote only upon absence of the Primary Board Member.

To be considered, the forms must arrive to STAR Transit by March 31, 2021.

Under our process, the Nominations Committee of the Board of Directors will review all eligible nominations and make a recommendation at an upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

For a copy of our ByLaws, Nomination Form and/or Board of Directors Application, click on the link below.

ByLaws
Nominations Form
Board of Directors Application

For additional information, please feel free to contact Teresa Elliott, Executive Assistant at [email protected] or 469-474-2309.

Federal Register Notice: Wearing of face masks while on conveyances and at transportation hubs

CDC has issued an order that requires face masks to be worn by all travelers while on public transportation (which includes all passengers and all personnel operating vehicles). People must wear masks that completely cover both the mouth and nose while awaiting, boarding, disembarking, or traveling on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-shares as they are traveling into, within, or out of the United States and U.S. territories. Public transportation operators must use best efforts to ensure that any person on the vehicle wears a mask when boarding, disembarking, and for the duration of travel. Depending on the circumstances, public transportation operators must take the following actions:

  • Board only those wearing a mask.
  • Instruct people that wearing a mask on the vehicle is a requirement of federal law and that not complying with the requirement is a violation of federal law.

For the full article and for more information visit:  https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/masks/mask-travel-guidance.html

STAR Transit Board Elects New Officers

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kim Britton, Deputy Executive Director
STAR Transit
[email protected]

STAR Transit Board Elects New Officers

TERRELL, TX – Jerry Dittman, Carrie Gordon, and Dana Macalik have been elected chair, vice chair and secretary respectively by the Board of Directors of STAR Transit, the agency which provides reliable and affordable transportation to residents and/or persons working in Kaufman and Rockwall counties as well as the cities of Seagoville, Balch Springs, Mesquite, Hutchins and DeSoto.

Retired from the City of Mesquite where he served as deputy city manager, assistant city manager and assistant director of public works over the years, Dittman has also been in senior management with a national construction company in the transportation sector.  In his military career, he managed a 10-person workforce of engineers, architects, construction inspectors and support personnel in executing projects for the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps in Japan. His service on STAR Transit’s board is long-standing, first as Mesquite’s alternate voting member and most recently as the board’s vice chair.

Currently serving as mayor of Balch Springs, Gordon also held that position from 2009 to 2015 and was first named to STAR Transit’s board in 2015. For decades, she has applied her professional expertise to numerous municipal positions, such City Administrator for the City of Wilmer and senior urban planner for the City of Dallas. Her firm, Carrie Gordon Consulting, specializes in land use and zoning matters.  Gordon’s list of community leadership roles is extensive, including the Balch Springs Industrial & Economic Development Corp., Type A Board of Directors, and the Balch Springs Charter Review Commission.

Macalik, who is in her second term as a Rockwall council member, is the CEO/Team Leader for the Keller Williams Realty Rockwall office. Previously she served as president of the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce.  Macalik’s family has made its home in Rockwall County for five generations.  She serves on numerous nonprofit boards and commissions, and this year she is president of the Rockwall Rotary Club.

County and municipal governments may recommend persons to serve on STAR Transit’s Board of Directors.  Board members must be a resident of, or work in the county from which a recommendation is coming.    A term is four years and a person may be reappointed.

About STAR Transit.  Founded in 1988, STAR Transit is the fourth largest transit agency in the North Central Texas region—and the largest not funded by sales tax. Revenues are derived from federal and state grants as well as local partnerships with cities, counties and businesses.   STAR Transit provides safe, affordable and convenient transportation to the general public, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment, etc. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 235,000 rides annually.   The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

STAR Transit closed Presidents’ Day (2/15)

In observance of Presidents’ Day (Monday, 2/15), STAR Transit admin office/Call Center will be closed.  This includes:

  • No Demand Response service.
  • No STARNow service in Terrell, Kaufman, Mesquite nor Balch Springs.
  • No fixed route service in Seagoville, Balch Springs, Mesquite, Hutchins and DeSoto.

These services will resume regular operation on Tuesday, February 16.

GoLink operated by STAR Transit will operate a normal schedule on 2/15.  For more information call 877-631-5278 or visit www.STARtransit.org.

STAR Transit observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, STAR Transit will be closed Monday, 1/18. This includes our administrative offices as well as the following:

  • No Demand Response service.
  • No STARNow service.
  • All fixed routes will operate a normal schedule.
  • GoLink operated by STAR Transit will operate a normal schedule.

For more information call 877-631-5278 or visit www.STARtransit.org.

STAR Transit announces limited schedule for the holidays.

LIMITED SCHEDULE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 Thursday, 12/24 (Christmas Eve)

  • STAR Transit office is closed.
  • No Demand Response service.
  • No STARNow service in Terrell, Kaufman, Mesquite nor Balch Springs.
  • All fixed routes will operate a normal schedule.
  • GoLink operated by STAR Transit will operate a normal schedule.

 Friday, 12/25 (Christmas Day)

  • STAR Transit office is closed.
  • No Demand Response service.
  • No STARNow service in Terrell, Kaufman, Mesquite nor Balch Springs.
  • No fixed route service.
  • No GoLink operated by STAR Transit service.

Saturday, 12/26

  • No STARNow service in Mesquite.
  • Balch Springs Rte. 101/Hutchins Rte. 401 will operate a normal schedule.

 Friday, 1/1 (New Year’s Day)

  • STAR Transit office is closed.
  • No Demand Response service.
  • No STARNow service in Terrell, Kaufman, Mesquite nor Balch Springs.
  • No fixed route service.
  • No GoLink operated by STAR Transit service.

For more information, call 877-631-5278, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or visit www.STARtransit.org.

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About STAR Transit.  Founded in 1980, STAR Transit’s mission is to provide safe, affordable and convenient transportation to the general public, seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities for access to jobs, health care, personal services, retail, and entertainment, to name a few reasons why riders use STAR Transit. Its highly trained and experienced staff and operators are customer-service driven and safety-focused. STAR Transit is a political subdivision of the state of Texas and provides over 235,000 rides every year, with that number always increasing.  The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

 

Rider Appreciation Week | Nov 9-14

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kim Britton, VP, Planning & Development
STAR Transit
[email protected]

 

STAR Transit celebrates Rider Appreciation Week, November 9 -14

TERRELL, TX – STAR Transit will celebrate Rider Appreciation Week, November 9 – 14.

“To thank our riders, we are hosting a weeklong celebration with plenty of perks.  The riders are the inspiration that keep us going and make us want to provide the best service we can.  They are the reason we are doing so well after more than 40 years,” said Tommy Henricks, Executive Director.

To celebrate, STAR Transit is offering free rides on all modes of service for the entire week.

Kim Britton, VP, Planning and Development said, “Not only are we providing free rides but the Prize Patrol is back.  Transit riders in Kaufman County, Rockwall County, Seagoville, Balch Springs, Mesquite, Hutchins and DeSoto should be on the lookout for the Rider Appreciation Week Prize Patrol.  They will be out and about all week, surprising riders with giveaways, including free rides, lanyards and bags.  You never know when they’ll board a STAR Transit bus armed with lots of freebees.”

“We are encouraging riders to post selfies on their social media pages using the hashtag, #STAppreciatesMe,” Britton continued. “STAR Transit will post pictures on the STAR Transit Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/startransit and Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/startransit_official/.”

For more information on STAR Transit, visit STARtransit.org or call 877-631-5278.

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About STAR Transit.  Founded in 1988, STAR Transit is the fourth largest transit agency in the North Central Texas region—and the largest not funded by sales tax. Revenues are derived from federal and state grants as well as local partnerships with cities, counties and businesses.   STAR Transit provides safe, affordable and convenient transportation to the general public, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment, etc. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 235,000 rides annually.   The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

 

STAR Transit Offers Free Rides To Voters

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Kim Britton, VP, Planning & Development
STAR Transit
[email protected]

STAR Transit Offers Free Rides To Voters

TERRELL, Texas (October 7, 2020) – STAR Transit is offering free, round-trip rides to local polling places, encouraging all eligible voters to participate in this year’s general election.

The free service is available during early voting Tuesday, Oct.13, through Friday, Oct. 30, and on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.  Please note below that reservations must be made in advance.

All STAR Transit services are available, including Demand Response, Fixed Routes and STARNow.  To ride free on STARNow, use the code Vote2020.  Rides must be in the STAR Transit service area or STARNow zone and are based on availability.  Voters must tell bus operators they are riding to and from the polls.

To schedule a free ride to vote, call STAR Transit at least one business day but not more than two weeks in advance of the desired trip.  Scheduling Agents are available during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Monday-Friday at (877) 631-5278.  To book a STARNow ride, use the STARNow app which can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Se Habla Español.

Election Day Voting Locations:

  • Kaufman County – http://www.kaufmancounty.org/elections/
  • Rockwall County – http://www.rockwallvotes.com/
  • Dallas County – http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/

Make your voice heard by casting your ballot.

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About STAR Transit.  Founded in 1988, STAR Transit is the fourth largest transit agency in the North Central Texas region—and the largest not funded by sales tax. Revenues are derived from federal and state grants as well as local partnerships with cities, counties and businesses.   STAR Transit provides safe, affordable and convenient transportation to the general public, seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment, etc. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 235,000 rides annually.   The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

Upcoming Board Meetings

DateTimeAgenda
July 20, 2021 2:00 pm
August 17, 2021 2:00 pm
September 21, 2021 2:00 pm
October 19, 2021 2:00 pm
November 16, 2021 2:00 pm
December 21, 2021 2:00 pm
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