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Public Meeting Notice | Mesquite Potential Service Changes

VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING PRESENTATION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that STAR Transit will hold two public meetings to involve citizen participation regarding potential service changes in Mesquite. Anyone wishing to make comments are invited to attend and express their views.

Public Meeting #1
When:           Tuesday, June 21, 2022 @ 6:30 pm
Where:          Mesquite City Hall, 2nd Floor Training Rooms, 757 N. Galloway Ave., Mesquite, TX 75149

STAR Transit will simultaneously conduct this meeting via phone/virtual conference. The virtual meeting is accessible in the following ways:

Via Zoom:     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89277074287
Dial:               1 346 248 7799 (Meeting ID: 892 7707 4287)
Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/startransit/

Public Meeting #2
When:           Friday, June 24, 2022 @ Noon
Where:          Oak Street Health, 2110 N. Galloway Ave, Suite 116, Mesquite, TX 75150

STAR Transit will simultaneously conduct this meeting via phone/virtual conference. The virtual meeting is accessible in the following ways:

Via Zoom:     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83535157969
Dial:               1 346 248 7799 (Meeting ID: 835 3515 7969)
Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/startransit/

Assistive listening devices, materials in other alternative formats, American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations will be made available upon request. Contact Teresa Elliott, 469-474-2309 (V), 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989) (TTY). Providing at least 72 hours notice (or two weeks notice for American Sign Language interpreters) will help to ensure availability. Un traductor español estará disponible.

The public comment period will end at the close of business July 8, 2022. There are several ways to complete a Mesquite Transit Survey Form.

For more information, call 877-631-5278 or go to STAR Transit’s website, www.STARtransit.org.

STAR Transit seeks public input on Mesquite’s transit priorities

For Immediate Release

STAR Transit seeks public input on Mesquite’s transit priorities

(TERRELL, TX) – June 2, 2022 – STAR Transit is seeking public feedback about its services in Mesquite, as part of a comprehensive evaluation that will build a foundation for development of recommendations on potential system enhancements.

“STAR Transit is working to make transit in Mesquite better, and we want to hear from you,” Tommy Henricks, STAR Transit executive director, said. “Please take our brief survey to tell us about your experience and what you want to see from transit in the future. If you don’t currently use transit, that’s OK, we want to hear from everyone.”

The survey is open and can be accessed via:

Survey link:
https://bit.ly/MesquiteTransitSurvey22
https://bit.ly/MesquiteStudy_Enespañol

Website:
STARtransit.org

Social Media:
Facebook (facebook.com/startransit)
Instagram (@startransit_official)

The digital version of the survey will remain open through July 8. In addition, STAR Transit will distribute and collect printed surveys during rides and at local community centers.

STAR Transit operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with STAR Transit. If you need any accommodations or prefer to receive a hard copy of the survey, please contact STAR Transit at (877) 631-5278.

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 public, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 135,000 rides annually. The agency is headquartered in Terrell.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

No service May 30 (Memorial Day)

In observance of Memorial Day, STAR Transit will be closed Monday, May 30.  This includes:

  • STAR Transit admin office/Call Center.
  • Demand Response service.
  • STARNow service in Kaufman County, Mesquite, Balch Springs, Seagoville nor DeSoto.
  • Fixed route service (Balch Springs Rte. 101/COMPASS Rte. 201/Hutchins Rte. 401.)
  • GoLink Inland Port Connect

These services will resume regular operation on Tuesday, May 31.

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

STAR Transit Elects Longtime Executive Director to Board


For Immediate Release

STAR Transit Elects Longtime Executive Director to Board

 (TERRELL, TX) – May 2, 2022 – Omega Hawkins, who retired as STAR Transit’s Executive Director in 2019, is the organization’s new Primary Place 1 board member.

The board elected Hawkins on April 19.  Previously, she was serving as Alternate Member Place 1. The board re-elected three officers at the same meeting: Jerry Dittman, Chairman; Carrie Gordon, Vice Chairman; and Dana Macalik, Secretary.

Hawkins had been executive director for more than 40 years when she retired. Tommy Henricks was promoted to Executive Director from Chief Financial Officer when Hawkins retired.

“STAR Transit is in such a wonderful position today,” Hawkins said. “It’s made a great transition to on-demand transportation, and I’m delighted to serve the organization as Primary Place 1 board member.”

Hawkins’ perspective on STAR Transit and the growth of its network and region is invaluable, Tommy Henricks, STAR Transit Executive Director, said.

“Omega has such a depth of institutional knowledge,” Henricks said. “She’s an indispensable resource to the organization and our board.”

Dittman retired from the City of Mesquite where he served as Deputy City Manager. He was elected STAR Transit chair in 2021.

Gordon is Mayor of Balch Springs and was elected STAR Transit’s Vice Chair in 2021.

Macalik serves on the Rockwall City Council and is former Mayor Pro Tem. She was elected STAR Transit secretary in 2021.

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 public, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 135,000 rides annually. The agency is headquartered in Terrell.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

STAR Transit celebrates Rider Appreciation Week, April 25 – April 30

For Immediate Release

STAR Transit Celebrates Rider Appreciation Week, April 25-30

(TERRELL, TX) – April 21, 2022 – STAR Transit celebrates Rider Appreciation Week, April 25–April 30, offering free rides and other giveaways.

“All rides are free, and we’re bringing the Rider Appreciation Week Prize Patrol back,” Kim Britton, STAR Transit’s deputy executive director, said. “Our riders in Kaufman County, Rockwall County, Seagoville, Balch Springs, Mesquite, Hutchins and DeSoto should watch for our Prize Patrol. They’ll be surprising riders with giveaways, including lanyards and bags and other free things.”

“We want to thank our riders,” Tommy Henricks, STAR Transit’s executive director, said. “They trusted us with their mobility needs through COVID and continue to do so well after more than four decades in transit.”

Riders are encouraged to post selfies on their social media pages throughout the week, using the hashtag, #STAppreciatesMe.  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 public, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities for access to jobs, healthcare, personal services, retail, and entertainment. More than 100 employees are responsible for providing over 135,000 rides annually. The agency is headquartered in Terrell.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

RFP Issued | Solar PV Project #2022111

STAR Transit is requesting proposals for the procurement of a Solar PV Project #2022111.  STAR Transit will issue an award to the vendor that provides the best value proposal.

RFP Issued: April 19, 2022
Deadline for Questions: April 27, 2022 by 4:00 P.M. CST
Responses to Questions Posted: April 29, 2022 by 4:00 P.M. CST
Proposals Due: May 5, 2022 by 3:00 P.M. CST
Interviews (if needed): May 6-11, 2022
Notice to Proceed (NTP): Anticipated on or before May 17, 2022

STAR Transit reserves the right to make changes to the above-mentioned schedule. All such changes shall be made by an amendment to the RFP and shall be posted on STAR Transit’s website at https://www.startransit.org/about-us/business-center/.

STAR Transit announces Employee and Driver of the Year


For Immediate Release

STAR Transit announces Employee and Driver of the Year

(Terrell, TX) – Nine individuals were recently honored during STAR Transit’s Quarterly Driver Safety Meetings.  Vickie Dabney was announced as the 2021 Employee of the Year, and Gabriela Rodriguez received the 2021 Driver of Year award.

Nominees for Driver of the Year included Rodriguez along with James Janicek, Alice Manning and Saundra Bates.

Ms. Rodriguez has been with the agency almost three years and drives all of STAR Transit’s service area.  Antonio Harris, Transportation Director, said, “Gabi is team player and not afraid to take on new challenges.  She cares for each of our riders as if they are family.  We are very proud of her and the work she does”.

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

Nominees for Employee of the Year included Dabney, Shelby Ward and Nicole Blanton.

Vickie has been with the agency nine years and serves as the Dispatch Supervisor, managing the dispatch team and trip scheduling.  Tommy Henricks, Executive Director, said, “Being a dispatcher and scheduler is no easy task.  It’s challenging, fast-paced and can be stressful.  Vickie handles each day with skill and tact.  We are so lucky to have her and appreciate her hard work.  Congratulations Vickie!”

As the recipient of Employee of the Year, Vickie 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 Customer Service – Keith Ford and Nicole Blanton; Humanitarian Award – James Janicek; Outstanding Service – Alice Manning; Extra Mile Award – Mark Frazier; Admin Rookie of the Year – Ella Talavera, and Driver Rookie of the Year – Valero DeLaCruz.

“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 135,000 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

STAR Transit Offers Free Rides To Voters

 

TERRELL, Texas—STAR Transit is offering free, round-trip rides to local polling places, encouraging all eligible voters to participate.

The free service is available on the day of the Texas primary elections, Tuesday, March 1, 2022.

All STAR Transit services are available, including Demand Response, Fixed Routes and STARNow.  To ride free on STARNow, use the code Vote2022.  Rides must be in the STAR Transit service area or STARNow zone and are based on availability.  Voters must tell bus operators and reservationist they are riding to and from the polls.

To schedule a free ride to vote, call STAR Transit no less than 30 minutes 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 – https://www.kaufmancounty.net/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 135,000 rides annually.   The agency is headquartered in Terrell, TX.  For more information, visit STARtransit.org.

 

STAR Transit dedicates Operation Center to longtime board chair Roy Ferrell


For Immediate Release

 

TERRELL, Texas—STAR Transit has dedicated its Operations Center at 500 Industrial Blvd. in Terrell to Roy Ferrell, who served in a primary role in providing affordable and efficient transportation services in the area for almost 20 years of dynamic growth.  Beginning in 2002, he served as Board Chair of KART until it became STAR Transit.  He then transitioned to chairman of this agency, serving through 2021.

“Roy served with his heart, always expressing his love for our riders,” said Omega Hawkins, current board member, who retired as Executive Director in 2019.   “I am proud to have worked with Roy over the decades.  No challenge was too great for him to manage.”

Ferrell and Mrs. Hawkins were instrumental in laying the groundwork for STAR Transit becoming a state recognized rural transit district and political subdivision of the state of Texas.

Under their guidance, they also oversaw the building and renovation of the Operations Complex’s main building as well as building number two.  During this period, construction of the onsite fueling station along with service expansions in Rockwall County, Seagoville, Balch Springs, Mesquite, Hutchins and DeSoto occurred.

Tommy Henricks, current Executive Director, spoke about Ferrell’s tenaciousness.  “As our agency’s board chair, Roy always encouraged us to treat our clients with respect and always had their best interest at heart.  He also held our staff members accountable.”

Ferrell stated, “STAR Transit has always held a special place in my heart.  The people of Kaufman County and the other counties we serve appreciate the good job STAR Transit does.”

He and his wife Kay are longtime residents of Kaufman and have been married 49 years.  They have three sons, named here along with their wives: Ken Ferrell (Jennifer), Kirk Ferrell (Helaena), and Nick Ferrell (Jaime) along with eight grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.  His family was in attendance for the dedication.

Ferrell is a true public servant.  He served in the Navy and is a retired Dallas firefighter.  He served on the Kaufman City Council and Economic Development Board of Directors for many years. He and his wife are members of First Baptist Church in Kaufman.

Jerry Dittman, current chairman of the STAR Transit board stated “Roy left me some big shoes to fill.  I often heard him say welcome to his house when a guest would enter the building, and this truly is the house that Roy built.  This building would not be here without you.”

A permanent plaque placed by the front door of the OC recognizes Ferrell as a community leader whose compassion for people guided the agency’s growth over the decades.

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 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, STAR Transit will be closed Monday, January 17.  This includes:

  • STAR Transit admin office/Call Center.
  • Demand Response service.
  • STARNow service in Kaufman County, Mesquite, Balch Springs, Seagoville nor DeSoto.
  • Fixed route service (Balch Springs Rte. 101/COMPASS Rte. 201/Hutchins Rte. 401.)

These services will resume regular operation on Tuesday, January 18.

  • GoLink operated by STAR Transit will operate a normal schedule.

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

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