New on-line tool for StarTran riders announced

StarTran bus riders have a new tool to track their buses online.

Mayor Chris Beutler today unveiled the City's new Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) website that will enable StarTran riders to go online and track the location of their bus.  Riders can now log on to getonboard.lincoln.ne.gov to track when and where their bus will stop.  They will also be able to set up alerts for a specific route.

“Many people in our city rely on our bus system to get to work, to the doctor or to the grocery store,” said Mayor Beutler.  “Whether you ride by choice or by necessity, using the city's bus system should be easy and enjoyable.  The technology behind our new Automatic Vehicle Locator program and the corresponding tracking website will let everyone quickly find their boarding location, track the status of their bus, and arrive at their destination on time.  Now, instead of wondering where their bus is, StarTran patrons can simply log on and track it.”

StarTran patrons will have the ability to set up alerts for five to 60 minutes prior to arrival at a specific location.  Riders pick the route, the stop location, the stop time, the time to be alerted and how often they want to receive the alert.  Up to 15 alerts can be set.  The map updates automatically every 15 seconds.  The website's search feature will enable riders to find a route by typing in a cross street which will bring up locations to choose from and the corresponding arrival times.

All StarTran buses are equipped with the AVL technology.  The cost for the total AVL system is $1.5 million, which is funded by federal grant dollars.

Mayor Beutler and StarTran officials also announced the arrival of the City's 13 new 25-foot hybrid-powered buses that will be used for Handi-Van service, downtown shuttles and neighborhood routes. 

For more information on StarTran bus service, call 476-1234 or visit www.startan.lincoln.ne.gov.  Riders can track their bus at: www.getonboard.lincoln.ne.gov.