Getting around in Lincoln
Living in Lincoln without access to a car isn’t always easy, especially when you’re trying to get school and find a job. There are other transportation options you can take advantage of, and all it takes is a little know-how to get the hang of it.
STARTRAN BUS SERVICE
Bus services runs throughout Lincoln from 5:15 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The “Holdrege” and “Vine” routes which serve UNL and UNL East Campus run until 8:40 p.m. Buses don’t run on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Did you know you can track your bus to see if it’s on time? The Bus Tracker website lets you tap into the GPS of each bus from your computer or smart phone. Check it out now.
It costs $1.75 cash to ride the bus one way (free for kids under 4 and UNL students). If you’re going to be using it regularly, you can pick up one of these bus passes:
- 20 Ride Pass - $33
- 31 Consecutive Day Pass - $17
- Low Income 31 Consecutive Day Pass - $8 (must show photo id with date of birth)
- Handi-Van 20-Ride Pass - $66
- Handi-Van 31 Consecutive Day Pass - $34
- Low Income HandiVan 31 Consecutive Day Pass - $16 (must show photo id with date of birth)
If you’re eligible for low-income prices, you can pick up your pass at:
Community Action Partnership, 210 'O' St
People's City Mission, 110 'Q' St
Distribution Ctr, 2615 'O' Street
Good Neighbor Center, 2617 'Y' St
C. Yoakum Family Resource Ctr, 4621 NW 48th St
Southeast Community College, 8800 'O' St
StarTran, 710 'J' St
Northeast YMCA, 2601 N 70th St
El Centro de las Americas, 2032 'U' St
Indian Center, 1100 Military Rd
F St Community Ctr, 1225 'F' St
HUB, 1037 S 12th St
Center for People in Need, 3901 N 27th St
Call (402) 441-7185 or email StarTranInfo@lincoln.ne.gov with questions.
Lincoln is an awesome biking town. It’s flat, and there are biker-friendly trains everywhere. View the city trail map now.
If you don’t have a bike, you can get a free one through Lincoln Bike Kitchen’s Earn-A-Bike program. Just volunteer at the Bike Kitchen for 10 hours, and you get to pick out a bike, and they’ll show you how to repair and maintain it. You can also pick up a used bike at ReCycled or on Craig’s List.
Grabbing a cab
If you have some extra time to plan or the bus isn’t an option, you can call Happy Cab in Lincoln at 402-292-2222. They do take cards and are available 24/7, but this is a much more expensive option. You’ll be charged $2.95 at the beginning of the cab ride, plus $2.20 per mile within Lincoln city limits or $2.25 per mile outside of Lincoln city limits. And if you use your credit or debit card, you’ll pay an extra $3.00. And if you have a young child with you, there are no safety seats in the cabs.
Need a Lyft?
Lyft is a new service in Lincoln. You download an app to your smart phone, and when you need a ride, just request one. A Lyft driver (Lincolnites who have signed up to give rides to people who need them) will come pick you up and take you where you want to go. Get pricing for Lyft in Lincoln now or download the app.
Medicaid Transportation Assistance
If you qualify for the full program under Medicaid, non-emergency medical transportation should be available to you. Find out more now through Nebraska Access2Care. These services operate Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 7 pm and are closed on national holidays. Call 855-230-5353 to find out more.