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STARS could restore Saturday service

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The STARS bus company could return Saturday service, but it would come with a fare increase to riders.

The transit authority scheduled a public hearing to hear what its riders think about the decision.

"25 cents ain't asking much extra," said Eric Roundtree, bus rider.

Roundtree said yes to the STARS rate hike. That will increase the bus fare from $1.25 to $1.50. He said the extra service is needed.

"It's very important. There is a lot of senior citizens that need to get out and about. There are a lot of people with jobs that need it throughout the weekend. We really need the services for Saturday," he said.

Glenn Steffens, with STARS, said the board of directors is going to hold a public hearing to make the hike happen. He said it's what the Saginaw area needs.

"All of this is targeted at jobs. The public demand has been clear. We want jobs addressed and Saturday employment has been a big issue with people in the area," Steffens said.

He said service to the Walmart on State Street has been restored. As well as the afternoon Big Lots stop on Tittabawassee.

"This is just the beginning. So we are looking at rolling out the Saturday service, but we are not pulling anything back and going forward from there. And after that is established, what does the public want next," Steffens said.

If the increase is approved, Saturday service should roll out by October.

Ernest Loehe said he relies on public transportation and looks forward to more bus availability.

"I'm a veteran and I'm glad that this is happening because it helps out all the vets that need to get places," Loehne said.

Rountree hopes the transportation company adds even more ways to get around in the near future.

"This would help me out a lot. I would be really happy," he said.

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