STAR Program for LCS Student City Bus Riders
What is the STAR Program?
The Student Transportation for Academics and Responsibilities (STAR) Program is a StarMetro, City of Tallahassee and Leon County Schools pilot program to encourage area students to use public transportation for school, work, extracurricular activities, or other responsibilities free of charge by using your STAR Card.
The bus stop and public transportation system are considered an extension of the classroom and students are expected to observe the same code of discipline expected in the school classroom and on school buses. Please review all code and policy information on the agreement form.
How do students participate in the STAR Program?
Step 1: All Leon County Schools K-12 Students (including charter schools) who wish to participate in the program must register for the through Leon County Schools/Parent Portal here.
Step 2: LCS will issue STAR Cards to students to be picked up at their school sites.
Step 3: Students can then begin riding StarMetro buses using their STAR Card.
Step 4: Renew your Star Card every new school year.
When do I register my child for the STAR Program?
- Leon County Schools and StarMetro will begin issuing 21/22 school year cards Spring 2021 and continue through to Fall 2021.
- All students MUST register their 21/22 school year cards as soon as possible.
- Students will be required to have a form on file and a valid STAR Program card beginning September 30, 2021.
- Registration will remain open all year and must be renewed annually.
How does a STAR card work?
STAR cards link students with valuable emergency contact and school information while riding a StarMetro bus.
These cards will be magnetic stripe cards, should have a picture of the student and can be swiped at the farebox.
After filling our the agreement form, students will receive their STAR Card as soon as possible.
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Students attending a Leon County School (including charter schools under LCS) fill out a program form and receive their card from LCS.
Students attending a non-Leon County School or who are homeschooled must fill out a program form and receive their card from StarMetro.
STAR cards will be issued as soon as possible.
My child attends a Leon County school that is not within the StarMetro fixed route coverage area. Wi
Yes. Students with a valid STAR card will be able to ride StarMetro buses within its fixed route coverage area seven days a week.
If my child attends a school outside of the fixed route coverage area, will StarMetro take them to s
No. StarMetro does not provide fare-free rides to locations outside of the fixed route coverage area.
If my child uses the Lake Jackson FLEX or Southside FLEX services, will he/she be allowed to ride it
No. These are premium services. A discounted student FLEX rate of $0.60 each way is offered, however, with a valid student ID or STAR card.
No. This is a premium service and will cost $1 each way.