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A public hearing on the Central City Line Locally Preferred Alternative Amendment  will be held to receive public testimony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, Spokane, Washington, 99201. 
Spokane Transit Authority


Central City Line Locally Preferred Alternative Amendment


On July 20, 2011 the Spokane Transit Board of Directors approved Resolution No. 678-11, adopting the Central City Line Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA), identifying an east-west corridor future High Performance Transit service. The LPA was identified as a Modern Electric Trolley (MET) along a general alignment extending between Browne’s Addition and Gonzaga University by way of Downtown Spokane and the WSU Campus at Riverpoint.
Beginning in 2012, Spokane Transit Board of Directors set aside capital funding to prepare the identified LPA for future grant funding. As part of the approved scope of this work, Spokane Transit, in conjunction with the City of Spokane and other stakeholders, has sought to further refine the project definition including the location of terminals, electric substations and methods for auxiliary power.
In particular, Spokane Transit examined the benefits and costs of extending the corridor to Spokane Community College to provide a more logical eastern terminal with connections to additional bus routes and expand the service availability of the future project. The proposed amendment refines the alignment to define Spokane Community College as the eastern terminal for the project, via Mission Avenue from the previous terminal near Sharp Avenue along Cincinnati Street.
In addition, Spokane Transit has examined the cost and benefits of alternative or auxiliary power methods to support of the Modern Electric Trolley definition. Modifying the preferred mode definition to include other forms of electric propulsions is also included in this proposed amendment.
Copies of this document will be available for review and comment by end of business day Thursday, July 03, 2014   at:  Spokane Transit Authority, Administrative Office, North Side, Second Floor, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, or visit our website at www.stamovingforward.com.

The Central City Line Locally Preferred Alternative Amendment document is in draft form and will continue to be revised until adopted by the Spokane Transit Authority Board.
Written comments on the Central City Line Locally Preferred Alternative Amendment should be sent to: Karl Otterstrom, Director of Planning, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.
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A public hearing on Spokane Transit’s Vanpool Fare Policy Change will be held to receive public testimony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014, in the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, Spokane, Washington, 99201. 

Spokane Transit Authority
Vanpool Fare Policy Change

With significant growth of the Vanpool program anticipated, STA is proposing to enable downtown employers and employees to park their Vanpool Vans at the Arena Park & Ride lot. STA will cover the $12.50 monthly fee for a City Ticket parking pass as part of the overall administrative cost of the program.

Copies of the revised Vanpool Fare Policy will be available for review and comment beginning Monday, June 23, 2014, at:  Spokane Transit Authority, Administrative Office, North Side, Second Floor, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, or visit our website at http://www.spokanetransit.com.  The Vanpool Fare Policy Change document is in draft form until adopted by the Spokane Transit Authority Board.

Written comments on the Vanpool Fare Policy Change should be sent to:  Steve Blaska, Director of Operations, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.

Upon request, alternative formats of this document will be produced for people with disabilities.  The facility is accessible for people who use wheelchairs.  For these and other accommodations, please call 325-6094 (TTY Relay 711) or email smillbank@spokanetransit.com at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

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Spokane Transit Authority
2014 Transit Development Plan
Public Notice

The Spokane Transit Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on the draft 2014 Transit Development Plan.  The public hearing will take place on June 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m., in the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, Spokane, Washington, 99201. 
The Transit Development Plan (TDP) is required by RCW 35.58. The TDP is one in a series of planning documents that is built upon the goals, principles and policies contained within Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation.

The proposed 2014 TDP complies with the state requirements and contains the following key elements:

• 2014 Annual Strategic Plan
• Service Implementation Plan covering 2014-2020
• 2015 – 2020 Capital Improvement Program
• Program of Projects for FTA Section 5307 Urbanized Formula Funding – a separate public notice has been published. The public hearing will be held in coordination with the TDP process
• Information regarding Section 5339 (Bus and Bus Facilities) grant program and Section 5310 (Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities) grant program
• Major equipment & rolling stock replacement activities
• Operating and Financial Projections

Copies of this document are available for public inspection beginning Friday, May 30, 2014 at:  Spokane Transit Authority, Administrative Office, North Side, Second Floor, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, or at the following link Proposed 2014 Transit Development Plan. Written comments may be sent to:  Attn: Joel Soden, Transit Planner, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.  The 2014 Transit Development Plan is in draft form until adopted by the Spokane Transit Authority Board. 

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Public Notice

Section 5307
Program of Projects and Budget

Notice is hereby given that the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) intends to establish the 2014 Program of Projects and Budget funded under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (Map-21) in conjunction with the approval of the 2014 Transit Development Plan (TDP). Please follow the link below to view the entire Public Notice:

Section 5307
Program of Projects and Budget

 

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Spokane Transit Authority
Notice of Grant Application

Notice is hereby given that the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) intends to file grant applications with Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) for the 2017-2019 Surface Transportation Program (STP).

The anticipated amount of funds available for the three-year period is $18 M (subject to change based on the actual annual allocations to the region). The purpose of STP is to provide federal funding to states and localities for projects to preserve and improve federal-aid highway, bridge projects, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects. On February 13, 2014, the SRTC Board allocated the $18 M to the following categories:

Category Funding Amount Percentage
Preservation & Reconstruction $12.6 million 70%
Improvement $3.6 million 20%
Non-Roadway/Other (ITS, Bike/Ped, Transit) $1.8 million 10%
Total $18 million 100%

Applications are due April 30, 2014 with the SRTC approving a prioritized list of projects by July 10, 2014. STA intends to submit two applications that fall under the “Non-Roadway/Other” category. Both projects are located along High Performance Transit (HPT) corridors.

Description of Projects:

1) Division Street Corridor Study
The grant application will request $400,000 in STP funds to conduct a study along the Division Corridor. Route 25 Division, operating on the North Division Street Corridor, is one of STA’s highest ridership routes today, carrying more than 3,000 riders daily.  Division Street runs north and south, bisecting the northern section of the City of Spokane for more than six miles. The corridor features commercial, dense residential development, employment centers, access to parks and a hospital. The study will focus on integration of High Performance Transit and highway traffic. Some of the options to be explored will include transit improvements such as Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes and other improvements that will improve travel time for transit as well as car and freight.  If funded, the study would begin in 2019.

2)  Four Lakes Transit Improvements
The grant application will request $280,000 in STP funds to implement transit improvements along SR 904 in Four Lakes. Route 66 (EWU), is one of STA’s highest ridership routes. It serves both downtown Spokane and the City of Cheney (EWU) traveling along I-90, Exit 270 (both inbound and outbound) and SR 904. Currently, the bus stops in both directions to pick up and drop off passengers at Four Lakes. The stops are unimproved and require the bus to stop in the traffic lane. The funds will be used to improve both bus stops (inbound and outbound) including installing a bus turnout lane, bus shelters, signage, and lighting to improve safety and ready the stop for future High Performance Transit service.  If funded, design and construction would be programmed for beginning 2016.

Both of these projects are included in the currently adopted Transit Development Plan.

Written comments regarding STA’s intent to apply for 2017-2019 Surface Transportation Program (STP) grants should be sent to:  Gordon Howell, Transit Planner, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.

Upon request, alternative formats regarding this information will be produced for people with disabilities. Please call (509) 325-6094 (TTY WA Relay 711) or email smillbank@spokanetransit.com at least 48 hours in advance to request an accommodation.

Spokane Transit Authority
Amendment to Spokane Transit’s Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation

A public hearing on an amendment to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation will be held to receive public testimony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave., Spokane, Washington, 99201. 

Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation sets forth a vision and policy framework to guide decisions made by STA’s Board of Directors, its staff, and partnering agencies that will further Spokane Transit’s mission for at least the next 20 years. Policy CI 1.6 of the Comprehensive Plan states, “STA will undertake public outreach efforts for subsequent updates to the Comprehensive Plan and allow an opportunity for public testimony prior to any substantive amendments.” The proposal under consideration is to change the maximum and minimum allocation rates for fixed-route service. Currently the policy asserts that at least 35% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to Basic Service but the proposed change will increase this to 60%. Also, current policy states that no more than 50% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to High Performance Transit (HPT) service but the proposed change will reduce this to state that no more than 25% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to HPT service.

The proposed amendment to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation is listed below. The amendment to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation is in draft form and will continue to be revised until adopted by the Spokane Transit Authority Board.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND EXPLANATORY BACKGROUND
The current Service Type Allocation policy reads:
“Connect Spokane Fixed Route Policy 2.2 Service Type Allocation
STA shall allocate service hours in a way which maximizes overall system efficiency.
The following minimum and maximum allocation rates are considered ideal:
1) No more than 15% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to Commuter Peak service.
2) No more than 50% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to HPT service.
3) At least 35% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to Basic Service.”

As Spokane Transit moves closer to implementation of High Performance Transit (HPT), concerns have been raised that 50% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours allocated to HPT service could be too high. Basic, Commuter Peak and High Performance Transit are all different types of fixed- route service. Although this policy was originally crafted to accommodate the full build out of the High Performance Transit Network, staff is now proposing an incremental approach to the definition of this policy. The proposed change is to lower the threshold for annual fixed-route revenue service hours allocated to HPT service from 50% to 25%. This would allow for the implementation of up to two HPT corridors that could be included in STA Moving Forward along with capacity for one or more additional corridors prior to a change in the policy.

The order of the service policy has been revised to go from Basic Service first to HPT Service last and the percent changes are in bold and underlined. Staff proposes to change the Fixed Route policy 2.2 Service Type Allocation to:
“STA shall allocate service hours in a way which maximizes overall system efficiency.
The following minimum and maximum allocation rates are considered ideal:
1) At least 60% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to Basic Service.
2) No more than 15% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to Commuter Peak Service.
3) No more than 25% of annual fixed-route revenue service hours should be allocated to HPT Service.”

Written comments about the amendment to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation should be submitted to: Karl Otterstrom, Director of Planning, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201 no later than 5:00 pm on Friday April 18th, 2014.

To read more about Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation click on this link.

This facility is accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Other necessary accommodations or alternative formats regarding this information will be produced for people with disabilities. Please call (509) 325-6094 (TTY WA Relay 711) or email smillbank@spokanetransit.com at least 48 hours in advance to request an accommodation.

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PUBLIC NOTICE
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

Notice is hereby given that SPOKANE TRANSIT AUTHORITY (STA) has set its proposed Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for programs utilizing Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for federal fiscal years 2014-2016, beginning
October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016.  The proposed DBE goal is .73 percent.

The goal was developed in accordance with the process described in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) CFR 49 Part 26.  A description of how this goal was established is available for public inspection by calling STA’s DBE Liaison at
(509) 325-6032. 

Public comments regarding Spokane Transit Authority’s proposed DBE goal will be accepted for forty-five (45) days from the date of this notice.  Please mail or email comments to:  STA DBE Liaison, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99201-2686 or jtjards@spokanetransit.com.

FTA will also accept informational comments for a period of forty-five (45) days following the date of this Notice.  Send comments to:  FTA, Region Ten, Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142, Seattle, Washington 98174.

Adoption of the DBE goal will take place during the July 25, 2013 STA Board Meeting.

This facility is accessible for people who use wheelchairs. Other necessary accommodations or alternative formats regarding this information will be produced for people with disabilities. Please call (509) 325-6094 (TTY WA Relay 711) or email smillbank@spokanetransit.com at least 48 hours in advance to request an accommodation.

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