STAR Transit (formerly known as Kaufman Area Rural Transit), under Texas Transportation Code Chapter 458, has served as a rural transit district for Kaufman County and rural Rockwall County since 1988 and therefore receives state funding for rural transit services. STAR Transit, funded by the Section 5307 funds from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, covers the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington urbanized area in Rockwall County. STAR Transit enters interlocal agreements with three cities in eastern Dallas County—Balch Springs, Mesquite, and Seagoville—that declined to join Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for transit services. In addition, STAR Transit is also a contracted transportation provider of the Cities of DeSoto and Hutchins.
STAR Transit operates demand-response service throughout its service area; flexible bus service (Balch Springs Midtown Express, within the city limits of Balch Springs; local bus service for Hutchins; and commuter bus service (Mesquite COMPASS) connecting the Mesquite park-and-ride lot and the DART Light Rail Green Line at the Lawnview station. The Balch Springs Midtown Express can connect to DART services via the Buckner station. The Hutchins Route 401 can connect to DART services via the UNT Dallas Station.
STAR Transit operates a mobility-on-demand service called STARNow in the cities of Terrell, Kaufman, Mesquite, Balch Springs, DeSoto, Seagoville, and Forney. STAR Transit also operates a DART service called GoLink – Inland Port Connect Zone.
STAR Transit operates human service transportation in its service area and Dallas County upon contracts with ModivCare and several local human service programs. Greyhound and Kerrville Bus Company operate private intercity buses in the service area of STAR Transit. The Amtrak passenger rail line passes through Kaufman County, with a stop at Mesquite.
STAR Transit’s administrative and dispatching center is located in Terrell. A 13-member board of directors governs STAR Transit.
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