STARS bringing back Saturday service with rate increase - WNEM TV 5

STARS bringing back Saturday service with rate increase

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

People who rely on bus service in one local city will now be paying a little bit more every time they ride.

On Monday, by a unanimous vote, the Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services Board approved a 25-cent fare increase. 

Now, buses will be back on the road this Saturday - a sight not seen in Saginaw since 2012.

STARS Site Manager Glenn Steffens said the measure will generate $75,000 to help fund Saturday service.

"We're not just looking to our riders for additional revenue. We're also looking at businesses. We're also looking at schools. Different funding options,” Steffens said.

Saginaw Mayor Dennis Browning, who is also a STARS board member, said it was important to approve the fare hike.

“There was a millage for STARS but that was just a renewal not an increase. So, it's very important that they understand that this fare increase really supports that Saturday service,” Browning said.

However, riders said they have mixed feelings about the fare increase.

"We need that because that's the one way we'll get Saturday service by the fare going up,” said one person.

“I do know personally of some people that sometimes cannot even afford the $1.25 so I don't think it's fair to everybody,” said another.

As for Steffens, he said STARS will not survive without Saturday service. He said he doesn't want the transit company to just get by, instead he wants Stars to thrive under his leadership.

"It's not just about stopping here. It's just the beginning,” he said.

The price increase will go into effect Saturday, Oct. 1, the first day of the new service.

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