As part of our Curious Cornhuskers initiative, an anonymous reader asked The Daily Nebraskan, “Will students be affected when StarTran starts to charge bus fares?”

On Oct. 17, StarTran bus services will begin charging bus fees for riders. However, students will continue to ride for free as long as they show a UNL bus pass and a UNL photo ID, according to Erika Hill, the City of Lincoln’s transportation and utilities communication and public affairs manager.

“StarTran paused fare collection in April 2020 to offer relief to community members during the pandemic,” Hill said in an email. “StarTran did not collect fares for nearly two-and-a-half years.”

In a little over two weeks, many StarTran bus riders will pay fees once more. Adult riders – anyone over 3 years old – will pay $1.25 in cash for each ride or $2.50 for a day pass. 

“UNL students will continue to receive free bus service as UNL has a longstanding partnership with StarTran to not collect fares for UNL students on all StarTran buses,” Hill said.