Who is STARS?
Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) a public transportation system for the Urbanized Saginaw Area, Buena Vista Charter, Saginaw, and Kochville Townships. STARS vehicles travel about 1.5 million miles per year with over 3,300 daily riders.
What is a Transit Master Plan?
A transit master plan is a roadmap that identifies both near- and long-term transit enhancements tailored towards a particular community and its current and future needs.
STARS is committed to Carrying you into the future by providing a 25-year vision for public transportation in Saginaw County, including the current service area, the County overall, and possibly other nearby places outside the county.
The STARS TMP will complement recent planning efforts to create a more livable and socially equitable community—by better connecting people, jobs, housing, healthcare, educations, retail, and transportation.
"To become a premier public transportation agency serving Saginaw and the Metropolitan region with excellence and the highest quality of innovative service delivery for our customers."
- Support SMART Growth. By matching economic growth, land use and transportation policies, STARS can better match routes and service to future needs. It also serves as a catalyst to new development and employment.
- Meet Demand. STARS is evaluating current service and future travel needs to identify shifting travel patterns and address underutilized areas of the county. It will also evaluate and seek to address the changing needs of community service providers, educational institutions, and employers.
- Facilitate Other Travel Modes. The TMP will address the needs of those traveling on foot, by bicycle, or by other means, and suggest appropriate amenities, such as bus shelters, real-time travel information, pedestrian links, bicycle parking, and park and ride facilities, to increase convenience and use of the system.
- Consider Regional Planning Efforts. STARS is committed to working with all communities and the Bay Region to help plan a system that benefits a wide range of users.
- Fiscal Responsibility. Considering all of the above, the TMP will seek to balance the needs of the overall community with the fiscal capabilities of all participating jurisdictions.
- Improve Community Health. Public transit also supports healthier lifestyles that have declined over time, in part due to increased automobile travel.
- Promote a Cleaner Environment. The public transportation system will encourage use of energy-efficient, sustainable vehicles and alternative modes of transportation.