StarTran to announce new hiring efforts Wednesday

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The city of Lincoln is expected to announce a new initiative to hire more StarTran workers Wednesday morning. This comes as officials announced just this week that the bus system would no longer be free for the first time in two and a half years, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Lincoln and Lancaster County leaders also say they’re currently looking to fill more than 100 vacant positions, including several StarTran bus operators.

The bus system has already gone through several changes over the past couple of months, including reducing it’s service time by three hours for several routes. StarTran’s fixed-route evening service, VanLNK on-demand service and paratransit service are now ending at 7:00 p.m.

 However, the mayor did announce back in August that StarTran received a $23.6 million federal grant, to help build a multimodal transportation center near 9th and K Street. The center is going to feature public parking, restrooms, and indoor seating for riders as well as BikeLNK and ScooterLNK rentals.

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities is also in the midst of a $55,000, three-month hiring initiative.

Wednesday’s hiring announcement is expected at 9:30 a.m.

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