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Valleyfest 2014

For just 75 cents you can ride the STA Shuttle all day at Valleyfest on Saturday, September 20th, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Park near Red Robin at the Spokane Valley Mall, hop on the shuttle and you're off to see all the exciting booths and activities offered by Valleyfest 2014! Check out the complete schedule of activities at https://www.valleyfest.org/.

Celebrate Flag Day

SPOKANE TRANSIT INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE FLAG DAY!
Join us in honoring our Veterans and Military

When: Friday, June 13, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. Program begins at 11:30 and concludes at 1:30 p.m. Music by The Mane Event (Barbershop Quartet) and Pepper (a Sweet Adeline Quartet) perform at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Where: The STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Avenue, 2nd floor rotunda

Master of Ceremonies:  Retired Colonel Steve Blaska, Director of Operations, STA

Featured Speakers: Historian/Author Carol Edgemon Hipperson ("Radioman"), accompanied by members of the Lilac City Chapter of Pearl Harbor Survivors; Portrait Artist/Author John Thamm, accompanied by many of the Veterans portrayed in his book, "VETS - 50 Portraits of Veterans and Their Stories"; Tony Lamanna, Honor Flight; Eliseo Dumlao, Veterans Administration; and Psychologist Paul Quinnett.

Activities: Meet the Veterans! Show your support and remember our troops on the Veterans Memorial Board! Visit the Veteran Portrait Gallery by John Thamm! Auntie's Bookstore will be on site with books available to purchase and have signed by the authors and Vets! Stop by the Veterans Mobility Resource Van! Learn about Veteran Health and Wellness! Donations benefit Honor Flight!

Click here to view and print an event flyer to post and share! See you there!

Customer Satisfaction Survey

This survey is being conducted by 14 transit agencies across the country at the same time, so that they can find out what their passengers think of the service they provide. These agencies will compare the results of the surveys, so that they can learn from each other and work towards giving you even better service.

We are interested in your replies whether you use the buses frequently, occasionally, or even if you hardly ever use the bus service. Your information and your responses will remain confidential and will not be used for any other purpose.

ABBG Customer Satisfaction Survey 2014

Show Your Summer Youth Pass and receive 10% off your Riverfront Park Day Pass

Where do you want to go this summer? Chances are Spokane Transit can take you there! Summer is a time to get out and explore your community, attend interesting camps and classes and simply enjoy the warm weather, but getting from place to place can be tough.

The STA Summer Youth Pass is good for unlimited use of the system in June, July and August. Buying a Summer Youth Pass saves you $45 over the regular Youth Pass price.

Passes available here, Customer Service at the Plaza second floor, and Bus Shop, Too.

This Summer: Show your Summer Youth Pass and receive 10% off your Riverfront Park Day Pass.

Summer Construction Projects Advisory

STA Routes Affected by 2014 Road Construction Projects:

#2 Medical Shuttle
#26 Lidgerwood
#27 Hillyard
#28 Nevada
#29 Spokane Community College
#32 Trent/Montgomery
#33 Wellesley
#34 Freya
#39 Mission
#43 Lincoln/37th Ave
#44 29th Ave
#45 Regal
#61 Highway 2/Browne’s Addition
#66 Cheney/EWU
#68 Cheney Local
#90 Sprague
#94 East Central/Millwood
#165 Cheney Express

Many STA bus routes will be affected by the 2014 construction season.

Look for Rider Alerts for detours in buses, The Plaza and online.

Click here to download the Construction Projects Advisory brochure.

Click here to view a Regional Construction Map.

Spokane Transit Begins Installation of More Informative Bus Stop Signs

New Bus Stop SignsSPOKANE, WA – This week, Sharp-Line Industries, Inc. is beginning to install redesigned bus stop signs throughout the 248 square-mile Public Transportation Benefit Area. 

“The new design is consistent with STA’s branding, which makes the bus stop signs more recognizable,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “The signs clearly communicate all information needed for everyone to feel confident about using STA’s bus systems.”

The new signs identify all routes serving each stop, the direction of travel, and the bus stop ID number.  The bus stop ID number allows customers to use the automated system when calling 328-RIDE (7433) to quickly obtain schedule information for that stop.

STA initiated an extensive review process from the start of the project last year calling on all cities and the County served by STA to review preliminary designs and offer suggestions. The last substantial redesign of the bus stop sign occurred more than 30 years ago.

“We anticipate that the new signage will be well received by the community,” Meyer said. “Perhaps it will even inspire people to take a fresh look at transit as an alternative to solo commuting.”

Sharp-Line Industries, Inc., based in Spokane, was awarded the contract to replace the old bus stop signs. The final cost of the project, estimated at $272,000, will depend on the installation requirements at the more than 1600 sign locations along arterials and highways. Funding for the project is made possible through a federal transit enhancement grant. Safeway Signs Inc. out of California was the low bidder for sign production.

E-Bus Route Schedule

Spokane Transit has been invited to participate in a state-wide evaluation of a long-range, all-electric bus produced by BYD Motors, an American company based in Los Angeles. The state-of-the-art, zero-emissions bus debuts on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

View the E-bus route schedule here.

GO GREEN: Spokane Transit Evaluates All-Electric Bus on City Routes (press release)

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New UTAP Program Earns an A+ from CCS Students

STA Announces Plaza Reconfiguration Plan

The Central City Line

CEO Report for February 20, 2014

Going Green: Spokane Transit Evaluates All-Electric Bus on City Routes

Plaza Reconfiguration

At the July 2014 Board Meeting, the STA Board of Directors extended the time for public input on the Plaza Redesign project. Renditions and floor plans of the currently approved 30% design and the request to the STA Board to approve the second phase are portrayed in the following presentation. Plaza Renovation PHASE II AUTHORIZATION REQUEST

Public comments/questions can be submitted to Beth Bousley, Director of Communications and Customer Service, at bbousley@spokanetransit.com or 509-325-6091. Any comments intended to be delivered directly to the Board of Directors can be sent to the Clerk of the Authority, Jan Watson at jwatson@spokanetransit.com or 509-325-6096, or expressed at monthly STA Board meetings held at 1129 West Boone, Spokane, WA 99201.  Upcoming STA Board Meetings are September 18th and October 23rd; public expressions begin at approximately 1:35 p.m. There is no Board meeting in August.

The downtown STA Plaza will be reconfigured to improve The Plaza’s function for transit customers, downtown employees, visitors and the surrounding community and to support a vibrant downtown. The first floor will house retail space, STA customer service and public restrooms. The second floor will accommodate versatile meeting rooms, exhibit space and STA Operations.

The project will implement the interior space program approved by the STA Board on September, 19, 2013 after a detailed evaluation of options and a decision to invest in capital improvements. A prior study completed in 2008 concluded that retaining and improving the Plaza was the most effective way to serve downtown Spokane into the future. This decision is reflected in Connect Spokane, STA’s Comprehensive Plan, which establishes the policy to improve The Plaza’s infrastructure to enhance operational processes.

Renderings are for illustrative purposes only.

Veteran’s Day Ceremony

November 11, 2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

Special unveiling from Spokane Transit Authority honoring all who served.

View the program of events here.

Paratransit Service at The Plaza

Starting Monday, November 4, the Paratransit pickup and drop-off location is Zone 1. Please plan to wait for your van at the waiting area near the Riverside main entrance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Reduced Fare Photo ID Verifications

Please be prepared to show your STA Reduced Fare Photo ID card to the bus operator as you board.

Reduced Fare ID Card Qualifications:
• Qualifying disability
• Proof of age 65 years +
• Valid Medicare card

You can obtain an STA Reduced Fare Photo ID card if youmeet the eligibility requirements above. Eligible individuals may obtain a reduced fare photo ID cards valid for five years. Click here for more details and a link to an application form.

Regional Transportation Open House

The public is invited to attend a multi-agency open house on the future of regional transportation, Thursday, October 10, 2013, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at WSU Riverpoint Campus in the Phase 1 Classroom Building at 668 N. Riverpoint Boulevard. The event, hosted by Spokane Transit Authority (STA), the City of Spokane and the Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC), offers participants an opportunity to review, and give input on, long term planning efforts and potential transportation projects currently under study.

STA will present an updated version of the agency’s comprehensive plan, Connect Spokane, which defines High Performance Transit (HPT) and outlines the vision for the HPT Network. A presentation will focus on updating the public about the current work taking place to plan the Central City Line, one of the lines in the HPT Network.

The Central City Line will improve the connections to many of the major employment, academic and recreational opportunities Spokane has to offer between Browne’s Addition and Gonzaga University. This improved connectivity has the potential to accelerate economic development in the corridor. An extension to Spokane Community College is also under consideration.

SRTC will present Horizon 2040, which examines the condition of our existing transportation system; forecasts the demand expected to be put on the system in the future; and identifies transportation goals and objectives for the future, as well as strategies to reach them. With Spokane County expected to grow by nearly 165,000 persons by 2040, Horizon 2040 is crucial in planning ways to get those people to jobs and other destinations around the area, without adding congestion. The real challenge is doing this on an extremely limited budget.

“Growth in the Spokane region will impact how we plan for transportation whether in Liberty Lake, the City of Spokane or any other jurisdiction in the area,” said Liberty Lake Mayor Steve Peterson. “We must address the issues this growth could bring now, before it’s too late to adapt our current transportation system to more residents commuting and more cars on the roadways.”

The City of Spokane will also be on hand to present information about their comprehensive plan as well, focusing on its transportation element update.

STA Valleyfest Shuttle

STA will provide shuttle service to and from Valleyfest from the Valley Mall on Saturday, September 21. Just .75 lets you ride all day! Click here to view the map of the shuttle route.

Learn more about Valleyfest and check out the exciting schedule of events at http://valleyfest.org/.

Washington State Senate Transportation Committee Listening Session

This meeting is a chance for residents to have a say about transportation priorities at a state Senate Transportation Committee public meeting, held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, at Central Valley High School, 821 S Sullivan Rd., in the Spokane Valley.

If you are a user of public transportation in Spokane, let the senate know what it means to you. If you wish to speak, sign in early.

If you cannot attend, a website has been set up to receive your comments: http://senatetranspofeedbackforum.org/

More information about the Statewide Senate Forums can be view at http://src.wastateleg.org/dates-set-for-bipartisan-statewide-transportation-forums/

CommuteFinderNW

Spokane Transit and Spokane County’s Commute Trip Reduction Office have joined forces to create a new web site for commuters looking for economical and environmentally-friendly commute alternatives.

Introducing CommuteFinderNW.com, a free online, ride matching service where commuters can enter the starting point of their commute and where their work site is and the tool will show options for vanpooling, carpooling, biking, walking or using public transit.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Spokane Transit to bring CommuteFinderNW.com to the community and surrounding areas in the Inland Northwest,” said Aurora Crooks, Director of Spokane County’s Commute Trip Reduction program.

Vanpool: STA supplies a 7, 12 or 15-passenger van to a group of people who live and work in approximately the same area for a monthly fee. Groups that commute together, save money together. Many employers provide a transit subsidy for their employees.

Public Transit: a convenient trip planner on CommuteFinderNW displays bus routes for users entering their home and work locations and it provides bus arrival and departure times.

Carpool: find a fellow commuter with whom to share the trip to and from work. Enjoy companionship and less stress, while lowering your carbon footprint and saving money.

Bike/Walk: bicycling and walking are fun, healthy and environmentally-friendly ways of getting around. As Americans become increasingly health conscious and the cost of gas rises, people realize that bicycling and walking are attractive commute options that not only save money, but also improve health.

“Commuters who use alternatives to driving alone see many benefits,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “CommuteFinderNW.com helps make commuting fun, easy and more affordable.”

STA and WSU-Spokane Launch New Cougar Card

Spokane Transit and Washington State University have partnered to create a new pass program for WSU students, faculty and staff at the Spokane campus. The new “Cougar Card” gives card holders unlimited rides on STA’s bus system beginning Monday, August 12, 2013. 

The cost for the program is paid through WSU-Spokane Parking Services and the Associated Students of WSU- Spokane.

“We are excited about our new partnership with WSU,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “We fully expect that WSU’s Cougar Card will be just as successful as EWU’s Eagle Pass.”

The Cougar Card was modeled after the Eagle Pass, which is now in its tenth year and is designed to help reduce overcrowding in university parking areas, lower students’ cost of living and meet state-mandated commute trip reduction goals. It also saves cardholders money on fuel, wear and tear on vehicles, and insurance.

“This is a great opportunity for WSU employees and students to save on transportation costs while lessening the carbon footprint,” said Jon Schad, Director of Facilities Operations at WSU-Spokane. “We are pleased to be able to offer this great service to our students and staff.”

WSTA Roadeo Jefferson Lot Parking Restriction

Start: Sunday, August 18, 2013
End:  Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cleaning of the lot and painting of new parking lines followed by the WSTA “Bus & Van Roadeo” will cause a restriction of parking availability at the Jefferson Park & Ride Lot for the entire week.

Limited parking will be available at the west end of the Jefferson Park and Ride Lot from Sunday, August 18 through Sunday, August 25, 2013. Motorists will be able to access the lot on the west end from 4th Ave. The far west parking area will be closed on Monday, August 26, as newly painted parking lines dry.

Routes Detoured: 62 Medical Lake, 66 Cheney/EWU and 165 Cheney Express

While the Jefferson lot is restricted, buses will detour from the Plaza using 2nd to left on Cedar, right on 4th, right on Walnut, left on 2nd, left on Maple, and resume route. Board the bus at temporary stops at Cedar and 4th or Maple near 4th by the old Safeway.

Jefferson Lot Parking Restriction

Cleaning of the lot and painting of new parking lines, followed by STA's annual "Bus & Van Roadeo" will cause a restriction of parking availability at the Jefferson Park & Ride Lot for almost an entire week.

Limited parking will be available at the west end of the Jefferson Park & Ride Lot from Monday, June 16 through Saturday, June 21, 2014. Motorists will be able to access the lot on the west end from 4th Avenue.

Routes Detoured: 62 Medical Lake, 66 Cheney/EWU and Cheney Express. While the Jefferson lot is restricted, buses will detour from the Plaza using 2nd to left on Cedar, right on 4th, left on Maple, and resume route. Board the bus at temporary stops at Cedar and 4th.

We apologize for any inconvenience this restriction may cause.

Monroe St. Bridge Closure Detours: Monday, June 3

Start: Monday, June 3, 2013
Duration: Tentative, Tuesday June 18, 2013

#1 Downtown Shuttle
Outbound: From northbound Wall at Main, #1 Downtown Shuttle will turn right on Main, left on Washington, left on Boone, left on Monroe, left on Mallon and resume regular route.

#21 West Broadway
Outbound: From northbound Lincoln at Riverside, #21 West Broadway will turn right on Riverside, left on Washington, left on Boone, left on Lincoln, right on Broadway and resume regular route. Inbound: From eastbound Broadway at Monroe, #21 West Broadway will continue east on Broadway, left on Lincoln, right on Boone, right on Washington, right on Spokane Falls Blvd., left on Monroe and resume regular route.

#22 Northwest Blvd.
Outbound: From northbound Lincoln at Riverside, #22 Northwest Blvd. will turn right on Riverside, left on Washington, left on Boone and resume regular route.
Inbound: From Eastbound Boone at Monroe, #22 Northwest Blvd. will continue east on Boone, right on Washington, right on Spokane Falls Blvd., left on Monroe and resume regular route.

#23 Maple/Ash
Outbound: From northbound Lincoln at Riverside, #23 Maple/Ash will turn right on Riverside, left on Washington, left on Boone, left on Lincoln, right on Broadway and resume regular route. Inbound: From eastbound Broadway at Monroe, #23 Maple/Ash will continue east on Broadway, left on Lincoln, right on Boone, right on Washington, right on Spokane Falls Blvd., left on Monroe and resume regular route.

#24 Monroe
Outbound: From northbound Lincoln at Riverside, #24 Monroe will turn right on Riverside, left on Washington, left on Boone, left on Lincoln, right on Mallon, right on Monroe and resume regular route.
Inbound: From southbound Monroe at Mallon, #24 Monroe will turn left on Mallon, left on Lincoln, right on Boone, right on Washington, right on Spokane Falls Blvd., left on Monroe and resume regular route.

#124 North Express
Outbound: From northbound Lincoln at Main, #124 North Express will turn right on Main, left on Washington, left on Boone, left on Lincoln, right on Mallon, right on Monroe and resume regular route.
Inbound: From southbound Monroe at Mallon, #124 North Express will turn left on Mallon, left on Lincoln, right on Boone, right on Washington, right on Spokane Falls Blvd., left on Monroe and resume regular route.

Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade

Jefferson Park & Ride Lot Will Be Closed: May 16, 17 and 18, 2014

The Jefferson Park and Ride lot will be closed May 16, 17 and 18 to public parking for storage of the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade floats.

A temporary bus stop will be added at Cedar Street and Fourth Avenue for passengers using the #62 Medical Lake, #66 Cheney/EWU and #165 Cheney Express.

The lot will reopen to the public at 1 p.m., Sunday May 18.

Bus Service: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Spokane Transit will operate Saturday bus service during and one trip after the parade on Saturday May 17. Additionally, the following service changes will be made to accommodate the parade and STA riders.

7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Spokane Falls Blvd. will be closed west of Stevens for a car show. Inbound route #25 Division will travel on Stevens to The Plaza.

3 p.m.
Washington Street between Boone and Main avenues, and Spokane Falls Blvd. from Bernard to Stevens streets will close for parade formation. Routes #25 Division, #27 Crestline and the #39 Mission will detour from these areas. All bus routes will continue to depart from The Plaza before 5 p.m.
 
5 p.m. Through the Evening
The Plaza will remain open; however, the bus routes will detour the downtown area and The Plaza to accommodate the parade. The buses will depart on schedule from the alternate zones (see map on reverse), located on Howard Street and 2nd and 3rd avenues. The buses will be routed toward the alternate boarding zones using Monroe Avenue, 2nd, 3rd, Division and Browne streets. The last regular Saturday service departure from the alternate zones is 9:50 p.m. Refer to passenger schedules for departure times.

After the Parade
One additional trip will be available from the alternate zones 15 minutes after the parade ends. No additional trips will be provided to the Mirabeau Park & Ride Lot. The 96 & 98 routes will be combined with the #90 Sprague departing from the alternate zone.

Paratransit
The last return trip pick-up for paratransit passengers will be at 11 p.m.
 
 

Stop Consolidation Plan Phase 4

• What is the stop consolidation project?

In 2009 the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) began work on a comprehensive look at the current placement of bus stops and transit amenities for frequent service routes. Completed in September 2010, Phase I of the Stop Consolidation Plan evaluated what stops should be removed and what transit amenities should be included for the frequent service routes. Phase IV of the Stop Consolidation Plan continues the process of reviewing the placement of existing stops and amenities. In order to improve service efficiency and contain costs, STA will begin the fourth phase of the Draft Stop Consolidation Plan in March, 2013.

• Why are we consolidating the number of bus stops?

The STA Board of Directors adopted the Service Design Guidelines which include a Stop Spacing and Placement Policy which states stops should generally be no closer than 800 feet, no further than 1,500 feet, and on average, a quarter mile apart.

Stop consolidation will enable Spokane Transit Authority (STA) to:

• What are the dates for the actions of Stop Consolidation Phase IV?

 

Date:

Description:

Comments:

March 24 – April 14, 2013

Stop Closures notices posted at all stops proposed to be closed

Public Comment accepted through April 14th, 2013

Week of April 15, 2013

Stop Consolidation – Phase IV plan finalized and final notices posted at all affected stops

 

July 1 – September 1, 2013

Stops to be closed will be removed from service

 

 

• What routes will be affected in Phase IV?

The following routes have proposed stop plans for public comment. Please click the links to view maps of the routes with their associated stop changes as proposed.

 

In addition to these maps, customers may contact our hotline at (509) 343-1653 to request a copy of the materials regarding the Stop Consolidation Project.

• How can I give my input?

By contacting Mike Hynes - Transit Planner at (509) 325-6059 or via email at mhynes@spokanetransit.com

 • Will you look at other routes in the future?

STA strives to continually improve service for the rider and operate in a more efficient manner. As such, additional routes will be considered for Stop Consolidation. STA will seek public comment to assist with developing the final plan.

Title VI Requirements

Title VI Requirements
The Spokane Transit Authority's (STA) federally approved Title VI program and the key components of the program are listed below.   

Description: Spokane Transit's Title VI program ensures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin or disability, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any STA program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).  

Summary of Requirements: Application of Title VI Requirements of Federal Financial Assistance of the Federal Transit Administration. Examples:  Nondiscrimination on FTA Projects  

The following examples, without being exhaustive, illustrate the application of the nondiscrimination provisions of this part to projects receiving federal financial assistance under the programs of certain Department of Transportation (DOT) operating administrations.  

1. Any person who is, or seeks to be a patron of any vehicle which is operated as part of, or in conjunction with, a project shall be given the same access, seating, and other treatment with regard to the use of the vehicle as other persons without regard to their race, color, national origin or disability.  

2. No person who is, or seeks to be an employee of the project sponsor or lessees, concessionaires, contractors, licensees, or any other organization furnishing public transportation service as part of, or in conjunction with, the project shall be treated less favorably than any other employee or applicant with regard to hiring, dismissal, advancement, wages, or any other conditions and benefits of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability.  

3. No person or group of persons shall be discriminated against with regard to the routing, scheduling, or quality of transportation service furnished as part of the project on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability.  Frequency of service, age and quality of vehicles assigned to routes, quality of stations serving different routes, and location of routes may not be determined on the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability.  

4. The location of projects requiring land acquisition and the displacement of persons from their residences and businesses may not be determined of the basis of race, color, national origin, or disability.   Spokane Transit Authority's 2011-2013 Title VI Update Click on the links below to view the official STA 2011-2013 Title VI Program documents.  

STA Title VI Complaint Policy (Notice of Rights under Title VI)

Spanish STA Title VI Complaint Policy

Russian Title VI Complaint Policy

Final STA Title VI Program

Attachment A: LEP Plan

Attachment B: Fixed Route Analysis

Attachment C: Board of Directors Meetings and Public Hearings

Attachment D: Minority and Low Income Demographic Data

Attachment E: STA 2013 Passenger Survey Results Summary

 Procedures for Filing a Complaint: A complaint must be filed within 180 days after the date of the alleged discrimination and it is recommended that complaints be initially filed with The Community Ombudsman, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA  99201.  

In cases where the complainant is dissatisfied with the resolution by STA, the same complaint may be submitted to the Federal Transit Administration.  

Complainants may submit written complaints to the FTA Director, Office of Civil Rights, the FTA Region Ten Civil Rights Officer, and/or the Departmental Director of Civil Rights at the following addresses:  

Director, Office of Civil Rights
Federal Transit Administration
400 Seventh St. SW, Rm. 7412
Washington, DC 20590  

Federal Transit Administration
915 Second Ave., Ste. 3142
Seattle, WA 98174  

Departmental Director of Civil Rights
Office of the Secretary
Department of Transportation
400 Seventh St. SW, Rm. 10215

Washington, DC 20590   In cases where the complainant is unable or incapable of providing a written statement, but wishes DOT to investigate alleged discrimination, a verbal complaint of discrimination may be made to the FTA Director, Office of Civil Rights, or the FTA Region Ten Civil Rights Officer.  The complainant will be interviewed by an FTA Civil Rights official authorized to receive complaints.  If necessary, the FTA Civil Rights official will assist the person in converting verbal complaints to a written statement.  All complaints must, however, be signed by the complainant or his/her representative.  

The Federal Transit Administration will answer all complaints within 10 working days.

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Public Meetings 2014

Below are the Spokane Transit Board of Directors and each of STA's board committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for 2014. Links to previous year's schedules, agendas and minutes appear at the bottom of this page.


Spokane Transit Board of Directors

Board Members

Meeting Dates

STA Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the STA Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, from 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. There is no Board meeting in August. The only exceptions are the July and October meetings, which will occur on the fourth Thursday of those months.

The broadcast of the video (see live link below) of the STA Board Meetings on City Cable Channel 5 occurs at 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday following the meeting, 10:00 a.m. on the Monday following the meeting and at 8:00 p.m. on the Tuesday following the meeting.

View the September 2014 Board Meeting Video: Click here.

Are you having problems viewing the videos at Vimeo? Click here.

Unless otherwise noted below, all meetings are on the third Thursday of every month from 1:30p.m.- 3:30p.m..  There is no Board meeting in August.  Agendas are generally posted on this site the Friday before each meeting.

2014 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Agenda

Approved Minutes

Complete Packet
January 16 (Revised) Agenda Minutes Packet

February 20

Agenda Minutes Packet
March 20 Agenda Minutes Packet

April 17

Agenda Minutes Packet
May 22 (4th Thursday) Agenda Minutes Packet

June 11 (Wednesday) Special Board Workshop
12:30pm - 3:30pm
STA Southside Conference Room

Agenda Minutes  
June 19 Agenda Minutes Packet

July 24 (4th Thursday) Board Work Session to follow regular meeting - 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Planning for Future Transit Service in the Downtown Spokane Area After 2025.
 

Revised Agenda   Packet
August/No Meeting      
September 18 Agenda   Packet
October 23 (4th Thursday - 4:30pm - Public Hearing on the 2015 Budget at 5:30)      
November 20      

December 18

 

   

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available

Board Operations Committee

Members and Duties

The Board Operations Committee Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, in the Northside Conference Room,1230 West Boone Avenue, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

2014 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 8 Agenda (Revised) Minutes
February 12 Agenda (Revised) Minutes
March 12 Agenda Minutes
April 9 Agenda (Revised) Minutes
May 14 Agenda     Presentation Minutes
June 11 Cancelled  

July 16 (3rd Wednesday)


Agenda
Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 10 Agenda (Revised)  
October 8    
November 12    
December 10    

*NA – not available


Planning & Development Committee

Members and Duties

The Planning & Development Committee Meeting occurs on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.

2014 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January (No meeting scheduled)    
February 5  Agenda Minutes
March 5 Agenda Minutes
April 2 Agenda Minutes
May 7 Agenda Minutes
June 4 Agenda Minutes
July 9 (2nd Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 3 (Special meeting: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.) Agenda  
October 1    
November 5    
December 3    

*NA – not available


Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee

Members and Duties

The Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee Meeting occurs on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00p.m..

2014 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January (No meeting scheduled)    
February 5  Agenda Minutes
March 5 Agenda Minutes
April 2 Agenda Minutes
May 7 Agenda Minutes
June 4 Agenda Minutes
July 9 (2nd Wednesday)   Cancelled
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 3 (2:00 pm - 3:30 pm) Agenda  
October 1    
November 5    
December 3    

*NA – not available

 


Citizen Advisory Committee

CAC Members and Charter

All meetings are the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 5:00p.m. in the Southside Conference Room, 1229 West Boone Avenue (unless otherwise noted).

2014 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 8 Agenda Minutes
February 12 Agenda Minutes
March 12 Agenda Minutes
April 9 Agenda Minutes
May 14 Agenda Minutes
June 11 Agenda Minutes
July 9 Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting    
September 10    
October 8    
November 12    
December 10    

*NA – not available

 


2013 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2012 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2011 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2010 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2009 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2008 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

Public Meetings 2013

Below are the Spokane Transit Board of Directors and each of STA's committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for 2013. Links to previous year's schedules, agendas and minutes appear at the bottom of this page.


Spokane Transit Board of Directors

Board Members

Meeting Dates

STA Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the STA Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. The only exceptions are the July and October meetings, which will occur on the fourth Thursday of those months.

The broadcast of the video (see live link below) of the STA Board Meetings on City Cable Channel 5 occurs at 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday following the meeting, 10:00 a.m. on the Monday following the meeting and at 8:00 p.m. on the Tuesday following the meeting.

View the December 2013 Board Meeting Video: Click here.

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Unless otherwise noted below, all meetings are on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon.  There is no Board meeting in August.  Agendas are generally posted on this site the Friday before each meeting.

2013 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Agenda

Approved Minutes

Complete Packet
January 17 Agenda Minutes Packet

February 21

Agenda Minutes Packet
March 21 Agenda Minutes Packet

April 18

Agenda Minutes Packet
May 16 Agenda Minutes Packet
June 20 Agenda Minutes Packet
July 11 (2014 Planning & Budget Workshop 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.)   Minutes  
July 25 (4th Thursday) Agenda Minutes Packet
August/No Meeting      
September 19 Agenda Minutes Packet
October 24 (4th Thursday -  Special Time: 4:00 p.m., followed by a public hearing on the Draft 2014 Budget at 5:00 p.m.) Agenda Minutes Packet
November 21 Agenda Minutes Packet

December 19

Workshop to Follow Meeting - Federal Transit Administration Small Starts Program

Agenda

Workshop Agenda

Minutes

Workshop Minutes

Packet

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available

Board Operations Committee

Members and Duties

The Board Operations Committee Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

2013 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 9 Agenda - Revised Minutes
February 13 Cancelled N/A
Regularly Scheduled March 13 meeting now moved to March 15, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Agenda - Revised Minutes
April 10 Agenda Minutes
May 8 Agenda Minutes
June 12 Agenda - Revised Minutes

July 15 (Special Meeting: 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)


Agenda

Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 11 (Special Meeting: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) Agenda (revised) Minutes
October 16 (3rd Wednesday) Agenda (revised) Minutes
November 13 (Special Meeting: 1:00p.m. to 2:15p.m.) Agenda (revised) Minutes
December 10 (Tuesday: Special Meeting 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.) Agenda (revised) Minutes

*NA – not available


Planning & Development Committee

Members and Duties

The Planning & Development Committee Meeting occurs on the first Thursday of the month (unless noted otherwise) in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.

2013 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 2 Agenda Minutes
February 6 (NOTE: Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.) Agenda Minutes
March 7 Agenda Minutes
April 4 Cancelled  
May 2 Agenda Minutes
June 6 Agenda Minutes
July 11 (2nd Thursday) Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 5 Agenda Minutes
October 10 (2nd Thursday - 11:am-12:15pm) Agenda Minutes
November 7 Agenda Minutes
December 5 Agenda Minutes

*NA – not available


Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee

Members and Duties

The Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee Meeting occurs on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

2013 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 2 Agenda Minutes
February 6 Agenda Minutes
March 6 Agenda Minutes
April 3 Agenda Minutes
May 1 Agenda Minutes
June 5 Agenda Minutes
July 10 (2nd Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 4 Agenda Minutes
October 9 (2nd Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
November 6 Agenda Minutes
December 4 Agenda Minutes

*NA – not available


2012 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2011 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2010 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2009 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2008 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2012 Valleyfest Shuttle

Valleyfest Shuttle: September 22, 2012


Ride STA's Valleyfest Shuttle - Just .75 a day!

Click the link to view the 2012 Valleyfest Shuttle Map.

Nationwide Freight Policy Council Announced

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood were in Spokane on August 23, to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation is creating a nationwide Freight Policy Council. The Freight Policy Council will maximize investment and national focus on key freight projects like the North Spokane Corridor.  The announcement took place at the conclusion of a driving tour of the North Spokane Corridor. The North Spokane Corridor is a key freight route in Eastern Washington. Each year, $13.5 billion (7.2 million tons) of freight moves along the corridor.

Pictured (from left): E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO, Ray LaHood, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator for Washington, Paula Hammond, WSDOT Secretary, Keith Metcalf, Regional Administrator, WSDOT, Eastern Region

Website Maintenance: July 8, 2012

STA Website will not be available on Sunday, July 8, 2012

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we look forward to using the website to better inform and serve you in the future.

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Link: September 15 Service Changes

Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee: Members & Responsibilities

The Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee is accountable for overseeing STA operational and financial performance, for updating of STA (non-governing) policies meriting Board attention, and for building a positive STA public image and maintaining relationships with the community at large and key stakeholders, in this capacity:

MEMBERS

Mike Allen - Chair

Chuck Hafner

Richard Schoen

Rhonda Bowers (non-voting labor representative)       

E. Susan Meyer (Ex-Officio)

Planning & Development Committee: Members & Responsibilities

The Planning & Development Committee is accountable for designing and coordinating the Board's participation in STA strategic and operational planning, including annual budget preparation, in this capacity:

MEMBERS

Al French

Shelly O'Quinn

Candace Mumm

Ed Pace

E. Susan Meyer (Ex-Officio)

Board Operations Committee: Members & Responsibilities

Headed by the Chair and consisting of the chairs of the Planning & Development and Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committees, and the Chief Executive Officer (in an ex-officio capacity), the Board Operations Committee is basically responsible for the effective functioning of the Board of Directors, including Board human resource development, for the maintenance and development of the Board-Chief Executive Officer working relationship, and for the audit function, in this capacity being accountable for:

MEMBERS

Amber Waldref – Chair of the 2014 Board
Al French – Chair of Planning and Development Committee
Mike Allen – Chair of Performance Monitoring and External Relations Committee
Tom Trulove – Chair Pro Tempore
E. Susan Meyer – CEO (Ex-Officio)

Stop Consolidation Plan Phase 3

• What is the stop consolidation project?

In 2009 the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) began work on a comprehensive look at the current placement of bus stops and transit amenities for frequent service routes. Completed in September 2010, Phase I of the Stop Consolidation Plan evaluated what stops should be removed and what transit amenities should be included for the frequent service routes. Phase III of the Stop Consolidation Plan continues the process of reviewing the placement of existing stops and amenities. In order to improve service efficiency and contain costs, STA will begin the third phase of the Draft Stop Consolidation Plan in July 2012.

• Why are we consolidating the number of bus stops?

The STA Board of Directors adopted the Service Design Guidelines which include a Stop Spacing and Placement Policy which states stops should generally be no closer than 800 feet, no further than 1,500 feet, and on average, a quarter mile apart.

Stop consolidation will enable Spokane Transit Authority (STA) to:

• What are the dates for the actions of Stop Consolidation Phase III?

 

Date:

Description:

Comments:

July 8th – July 29th

Stop Closures notices posted at all stops proposed to be closed

Public Comment accepted through July 29th

Week of July 29th

Stop Consolidation – Phase III plan finalized and final notices posted at all affected stops

 

August 19th – September 16th

Stops to be closed will be removed from service

 

 

• What routes will be affected in Phase III?

The following routes have proposed stop plans for public comment. Please click the links to view maps of the routes with their associated stop changes as proposed.

In addition to the maps available on the website, customers may contact our hotline at (509) 343-1653 to request a copy of the materials regarding the Stop Consolidation Project.

• How can I give my input?

By contacting Mike Hynes - Transit Planner at (509) 325-6059 or via email at mhynes@spokanetransit.com

 • Will you look at other routes in the future?

STA strives to continually improve service for the rider and operate in a more efficient manner. As such, additional routes will be considered for Stop Consolidation. STA will seek public comment to assist with developing the final plan.

EWU Pilot Summer Program

Pilot Eagle Pass Summer Program Effective through Summer Quarter 2012

A new agreement between Spokane Transit and Eastern Washington University allows students enrolled in summer classes, faculty and staff to use their EWU Eagle Passes as fare from June 17 through September 14, 2012.

On weekdays, during summer quarter, STA will operate Route #66 on the Non-School Weekdays schedule.

Performance Reports

Performance Report: Passenger Facilities

Annual Passenger Facilities Report: 2014

Annual Passenger Facilities Report: 2013

Performance Report: Routes

2013 Annual Route Report

 

2012 Annual Route Report

Annual Route Performance Report: 2010/2011 Operating Data

STA Board Meetings: Moving to Boone Facility

Click the link below to view all the public meetings schedules:

Public Meetings 2012

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Route Detours/Notices:

#1 & #2 Shuttles
#20 SFCC
#21 West Broadway
#22 Northwest Blvd
#23 Maple/Ash
#24 Monroe
#25 Division
#26 Lidgerwood
#27 Hillyard
#28 Nevada
#29 SCC
#32 Trent/Montgomery
#33 Wellesley
#39 Mission
#42 South Adams
#43 Lincoln/37th Ave
#44 29th Ave
#45 Regal
#60 Airport via Browne's Add.
#61 Hwy2 via Browne's Add.
#62 Medical Lake
#66 Cheney/EWU
#68 Cheney Local
#90 Sprague
#94 East Central/Millwood
#96 Pines/Sullivan
#97 South Valley
#98 Liberty Lake via Sprague
#124 North Express
#165 Cheney Express
#173 VTC Express
#174 Liberty Lake Express

STA Information:

Special Event Service (Bloomsday, Hoopfest etc.)
Service Changes
Employment Opportunities
 

2012-2014 Service Implementation Plan

Each year STA prepares a Service Implementation Plan to document route performance and identify pending and potential changes and improvements to fixed-route bus service for the next several years. The plan is intended to identify near-term strategies for service improvement to implement the Comprehensive Plan for public transportation.

Click on the link below to view the current 2012-2014 Service Implementation Plan. The plan was approved by the STA Board of Directors at the July 2012 board meeting.

2012-2014 Service Implementation Plan 

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2011-2013 Service Implementation Plan

A public hearing on the draft plan was held on June 15 and was approved by the STA Board of Directors on July 20, 2011. 

To view a copy of the 2011-2013 Service Implementation Plan, click here.

STA Wins National Award for Safety & Security

  

STA Security Efforts Win National Praise

Photo Left: Board Chair Al French and CEO E. Susan Meyer accept a Gold Standard Award on behalf of STA from Ginny Wise,  Director of Grants Programs at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), for achieving the highest standard of excellence in security.

"TSA recognizes the continued dedication individual transit agencies demonstrate every day to ensure the safety of travelers nationwide," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, representatives from the TSA presented Spokane Transit with the “Gold Standard” award, recognizing the highest rating a mass transit system can achieve on the agency’s most recent Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE). The presentation took place at the STA monthly board meeting.

TSA’s BASE program is designed to establish a security standard for individual system security programs and track progress. This voluntary comprehensive review of transit agency security programs focuses on multiple categories identified by the transit community as fundamentals for a sound transit security program. They include a review of topics such as an agency’s security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs.
 

Bloomsday 2013

Ride STA to Bloomsday

Buy a Spokane Transit Bloomsday Shuttle pass when you register for the race online and it will be printed on your race number. Or, you can also purchase a Bloomsday Shuttle sticker pass at the STA booth at the Bloomsday Trade Show, the Customer Service counter at The Plaza or the Bus Shop on Boone for just a dollar and a half. Stick it on your race number and be ready to show it to the driver or STA staff member as you board the bus. The pass on your number (if you purchase during online registration) and the sticker are both good for the shuttle routes and traditional fixed routes all day May 5, 2013. Visit Bloomsdayrun.org for more information about the big race.

STA will have a booth at Bloomsday Check-In (near the Corporate Cup booth) on May 3 and 4 to sell bus sticker passes and to provide any additional information.

Fare Information

Regular Sunday service fares remain the same. Passes, cash, transfers, as well as the $1.50 Bloomsday Shuttle sticker will be accepted on all regular service on Bloomsday. Without a pass, you can still use the shuttle service for $1.50 each way on race morning.    Exact change is required. Click the following link to view the Bloomsday Fare Information flier.

Downtown Detours and Alernate Zones

Due to the closure of many downtown streets for the race, The Plaza will be closed to bus traffic on Bloomsday morning. All downtown routes will detour and use an alternate boarding and alighting area. Click the following link to view the Downtown Bus Service Detours and Alternate Zones Map flier.  STA operates earlier than normal inbound service on some routes. Click the following link to view the List of Routes with Earlier Service flier.

Remember the Two-Hour Rule
Due to Bloomsday’s staggered race start times, STA has coordinated its express shuttle pick- up and return times to shorten your wait time at the starting line and be there for you after the race. Be mindful of your race number’s color, which determines your starting time; arrive at your shuttle stop at least two-hours prior to ensure you get enough time to warm up or stretch.

Express Shuttles

Shuttles run to downtown: 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Shuttles run from downtown: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Each Shuttle lot is serviced by regular fixed route operations until 7 p.m., catch the bus at The Plaza.

Click the following link to view the Express Shuttle Service flier.

Spokane Transit Bloomsday Express Shuttle Locations
• Spokane Valley Mall: Board near Winger’s eastbound on Indiana - Click the following link to view the Valley Mall Passenger Staging Procedure
• Ferris High School: Board near 37th and Regal
• Northtown Mall: Board on east side of the mall near Lidgerwood and Wellesley
• Cheney/EWU: Board at the Red Barn near 7th and Washington Click the following link to viewmore information on Express Bus Service EWU/Cheney

Bloomsday Paratransit Service
STA Paratransit service is available on Bloomsday for people with disabilities. Regular fares apply. Paratransit will drop off and pick up passengers at Fire Station #1, at Browne and Riverside. For reservations, please call 328-1552 (TDD 327-6055).

Additional Early Service on Route #61 Highway 2 via Browne's Addition. Click the following link to view more information: Service From West Plains, Airway Heights, Fairchild AFB, Northern Quest Casino and Sunset Hill

Capital Improvement Program

A public hearing on Spokane Transit’s 2013 through 2018 Capital Improvement Program – was held to receive public testimony at the September STA Board Meeting.

The 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program was approved by Spokane Transit’s Board of Directors at the October 2012 meeting.

Click the following link to view the Board adopted 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program.

Presidents Day Holiday

Fixed-Route:

Spokane Transit will operate Holiday Service for Presidents Day, Monday, February 17, 2014. Holiday service is the same as Sunday service. Please check individual route schedules for exact holiday service times.

Paratransit:

Paratransit hours of service are comparable to the bus routes hours of service, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If your trip begins early in the morning or ends late at night, ask the Paratransit Reservationists to help you identify the corresponding pick-up/drop-off times that will most closely meet your travel needs. Call (509) 328-1552 for trip reservations.

Driven to Excellence - A Progress Report

Although 2011 was a challenging year, it was also interesting and productive. Click here to take a look at some of the highlights in STA's 2011 Progress Report - Driven to Excellence.

City Of Spokane Declares Stage 2 Snow Condition

Spokane Mayor David Condon is announcing that the City is upgrading its snow declaration to a Stage 2, which means the City will complete a full-City plow of all arterials and residential streets. Private contract graders will be called in to supplement City Street, Water, and Wastewater employees in the plowing effort.

The City is changing it approach for plowing overnight based on conditions. Crews will focus on plowing the arterials again and will begin plowing streets in the Central Business District, racking the snow to the center of the street in most cases.

This work creates berms down the center of the downtown streets. Motorists should not attempt to cross the berms. Citizens must move vehicles from on-street parking downtown between 2 and 6 a.m. Additionally, parked cars must be moved from arterials and bus routes by 6:30 p.m.

Work around the medical district likely will not occur tonight.

“Street conditions required us to step up our snow removal efforts for a second time today and to adjust our plans,” says Mayor Condon.

Plowing is expected to begin in the residential areas in the early morning hours. Crews will begin in the residential hill routes, those numbered 20 and above on the residential plow route map: http://www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf On th.e south, they will begin in route 21 and then move to routes 20 and 24. On the north, they will begin in route 22 and then move to route 23.

Citizens should park on the odd side of the street in all residential areas. The requirement begins at 12:30 a.m. Friday in the residential hill routes, and at 6 a.m. Friday in all other residential areas.

The City has had more than 30 pieces of equipment out all day, including plows, graders, and de-icers. Additional crews from other City departments are joining the effort this evening, with more anticipated in the early morning hours. The additional City crews will more than double the plowing effort. And private contractors will add even more to that total.

Check the progress of City plows. Citizens also can call the City’s recorded Snow Removal Hotline at 456-2666. Citizens can be notified of updated information by following the City on Twitter or by liking the City’s official Facebook page.

When driving in these wintry conditions, the City is asking motorists to slow down, be patient, and drive according to the conditions. Don't follow plows closely, and please do not try to pass plow trucks; it is very dangerous.

Please assist your neighbors who may need help removing snow from their driveways and sidewalks. And don’t blow or shovel snow into the street, but back into your yard. That will prevent more snow and ice from being pushed onto sidewalks and the end of driveways by City plows.

Restricting parking during snow removal efforts allows plow drivers to clear away more snow, widening the area available for vehicles and generally improving driveability. In the residential areas, parking on one side of the street also allows plow drivers to move away from the curb, reducing the amount of snow and ice that ends up on sidewalks and at the end of driveways.

Special Board Meeting January 13, 2012

Date: Friday, January 13, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Spokane Transit Boardroom, located at 1230 W Boone Avenue.

PUBLIC NOTICE: A continuation of the December 15, 2011 public hearing on amendments to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation will be held during this board meeting.

To view the Public Notice for the continuation of the public hearing on amendments to Connect Spokane, click here.

To view the proposed amendments to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation, click here.

Public Meetings 2012

Below are the Spokane Transit Board of Directors and each of STA's committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for 2012. Links to previous year's schedules, agendas and minutes appear at the bottom of this page.


Spokane Transit Board of Directors

Board Members

New Meeting Dates

Beginning May 17, 2012, STA Board meetings will be moved to the third Thursday of the month at the STA Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. The April meeting will occur on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at City Hall Council Chambers. The only other exception is the July meeting, which will occur on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at 12:30 p.m.  at the STA Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave.

Unless otherwise noted below, all meetings are on the third Thursday of every month from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon  There is no Board meeting in August.  Agendas are generally posted on this site the Friday before each meeting. 

The broadcast of the video (see live link below) of the STA Board Meetings on City Cable Channel 5 occurs at 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday following the meeting, 10:00 a.m. on the Monday following the meeting and at 8:00 p.m. on the Tuesday following the meeting.

View the November 2012 Board Meeting Video: Click here.

Are you having problems viewing the videos at Vimeo? Click here.

JANUARY 13TH SPECIAL MEETING - A continuation of the December 15, 2011 Spokane Transit Authority public hearing on amendments to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation will be held to receive public testimony at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012, in the Spokane Transit Authority Special Boardroom located at 1230 W Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.

2012 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Agenda

Approved Minutes

Complete Packet
January 13 (Special Meeting
at 9:30 a.m. in the STA Boardroom)
Agenda  Minutes  

February 15

 Agenda  Minutes  
March 21  Agenda  Minutes  

April 18

 Agenda  Minutes  
May 17  Agenda  Minutes  
June 21  Agenda  Minutes  
July 25 (4th Wednesday at 12:30 pm)  Agenda Minutes  
August/No Meeting      
September 20 Agenda Minutes  
October 18 (4 pm – 6 pm:  Public Hearing on 2013 Budget will be at 5:30 pm) Agenda Minutes  
November 15 Agenda Minutes  
December 5 (Special Meeting at 11:30 a.m. in the STA Boardroom) Agenda Minutes  
December 20 Agenda Minutes Packet

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available

Board Operations Committee

Members and Duties

The Board Operations Committee Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. unless noted otherwise.

2012 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 12, 2012 Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2012  Agenda Minutes
March 14, 2012  Agenda Minutes
April 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2012 Agenda Minutes
June 13, 2012 Agenda Minutes

July 18, 2012 (3rd Wednesday: 10 - 11:30 am)

Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 12, 2012 (10:00 am) Agenda Minutes
October 10, 2012 Agenda Minutes
November 7, 2012 (1st Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
December 12, 2012 (1:30 pm) Revised Agenda Minutes
December 17, 2012 (12:15 Special Meeting) Agenda Minutes

*NA – not available


Planning & Development Committee

Members and Duties

The Planning & Development Committee Meeting occurs on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

2012 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 2012 NA NA
February 2012 NA NA
March 7, 2012 Agenda Minutes
April 4, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 2, 2012 Agenda Minutes
June 6, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2012 (2nd Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 5, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 3, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 31, 2012 (November Meeting) Agenda Minutes
December 5, 2012 Agenda Minutes

*NA – not available


Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee

Members and Duties

The Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee Meeting occurs on the first Wednesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

2012 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 2012 NA NA
February 2012 NA NA
March 7, 2012 Agenda  Minutes
April 4, 2012 Agenda  Minutes
May 2, 2012 Agenda  Minutes
June 6, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2012 (2nd Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
August - No Meeting Scheduled    
September 5, 2012 Agenda  
October 3, 2012 Agenda Minutes
October 31, 2012 (November Meeting) Agenda Minutes
December 5, 2012 Revised Agenda Minutes

*NA – not available


Citizen Advisory Committee

CAC Members and Charter

All meetings are the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 5:00 p.m. in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue (unless otherwise noted).

2012 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
February 8, 2012 Agenda Minutes 
March 14, 2012 Agenda Minutes
April 11, 2012 Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2012 Agenda Minutes
June 13, 2012 Agenda Minutes
July 18, 2012 (3rd Wednesday) Agenda Minutes
September 12, 2012 Agenda  

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available


Operations and Customer Service Committee

Committee Members and Duties

All meetings are Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Southside Conference Room, 1229 West Boone Avenue (unless otherwise noted).

2012 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January (Cancelled)    
February Agenda  Minutes

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available

2011 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2010 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2009 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2008 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

Draft 2012 Budget: Public Hearing November 16

STA's Draft 2012 Budget (click the link to view) is available to the public for review and consideration.

November 16: Board Meeting:  Public Hearing on 2012 Budget

December 15 Board Meeting:  Adoption of 2012 Budget

2010 Performance Measures Archive

2010 Performance Measures:

Each of the priorities stated above is tied to a set of objective, measureable Performance Measures. The goals/standards for each measure are set annually and approved by the Board of Directors. Our results are reported quarterly. Links to the most current quarterly report and the list of annual measures are listed below.

2010 Performance Measures: Goals and Objectives

First Quarter 2010 Performance Measures

Second Quarter 2010 Performance Measures

Third Quarter 2010 Performance Measures

Fourth Quarter 2010 and Year-End Performance Measures: Goals and Objectives

Fourth Quarter 2010 and Year-End Performance Measures

Zone & Schedule Changes: November 13th

Click on the links below to view the pdf files of the new schedules with the effective date of November 13, 2011.

Boarding Zone Changes:

On Sunday, November 13, routes boarding in Zones 2, 3 & 4 will move east one Zone for passenger boarding. Route 90 Sprague will now board in Zone 2 rather than Zone 5.

#25 Division will move to Zone 4

#26 Lidgerwood will move to Zone 5

#28 Nevada will move to Zone 5

#29 SCC will move to Zone 5

#39 Mission will move to Zone 5

#44 29th Ave will move to Zone 3

#45 Regal will move to Zone 3

#90 Sprague will move to Zone 2

#94 East Central/Millwood will move to Zone 4 (weekdays) & Zone 3 (nights & weekends)

Arrival Zone Changes: 

Due to the Boarding Zone changes, Route 20 SFCC will now arrive in Zone 3 as will the weekday arrival of the 21 West Broadway & 23 Maple/Ash.  Routes 24 Monroe60 Airport, 66 EWU/Cheney & 165 Cheney Express will arrive in Zone 5.

Schedule Changes:

Routes 1 & 2 Downtown Shuttles, 22 Northwest Blvd, 27 Hillyard & 43 Lincoln/37th will have scheduled timepoint changes and some altered arrival Zones.  New schedules for these routes will be printed for rider distribution as soon as possible.
 

Bus Passes at Retail Outlets

The stores listed below will be selling 31 Day Passes ONLY (Adult, Youth and Reduced Fare) beginning November 1, 2011.  This will be a terrific venue to buy passes without having to go to The Plaza or the Bus Shop, Too on Boone. You will soon see the sticker on the front of the stores where the passes are sold.

 Below are the following locations that will be selling the 31 Day passes at their customer service counters (not at each register):

 

 

Rosauers:

1808 W 3rd Avenue
10618 E Sprague Avenue
1724 W Francis Avenue
907 W 14th Avenue
2610 E 29th Ave
9414 N Division Street

Super One Foods:

830 E 29th Ave

Huckleberry's:

926 S Monroe

STA CEO Meyer Appointed to State Transportation Task Force

 

Governor Gregoire recently appointed  E. Susan Meyer to the prestigious Connecting Washington Task Force. The assembly is made up of a group of locally elected officials, business and association leaders and various members of advocacy groups who are tasked with reviewing and recommending transportation projects and potential revenue sources. A complete press release from the governor's office with a list of the appointees can be found at the following link:

Gregoire announces appointments to Connecting Washington Task Force

September 2011 Service Change Schedules (TEST)

The September service change is the result of a long interaction between the STA Board of Directors, STA Staff and most importantly the riders and members of the community who use the STA fixed route bus system. To view an archive of the pages and information provided to the public during the process, click here. NOTE: Some bus stops may have incorrect route information or be marked for removal on some routes as STA prepares for the September service change. To review the Stop consolidation plan, click here.

To view a pdf copy of the trifold Service Change Notice distributed in the buses, click here.

The titles of the routes below are linked to pdf files for the new schedules that are being submitted for commercial printing. All but the City Loop schedules (20, 33 & 44) will fit on a regular 11x17 sheet of paper (use the "Reduce to Fit" option in your print dialog screen if you are printing the City Loop schedule). Look for individual pages for each route (similar to the way the current routes are displayed) to be available online soon and printed schedules to be available by the end of August.

1 Plaza/Arena Shuttle Most trips continue as Route 2 Southside Medical Shuttle
2 Southside Medical Shuttle New weekend & night service; will continue as Route 1 on weekdays
20 SFCC Timepoint & zone changes; City Loop still in place
21 West Broadway Reduced late night and Sunday service to every 60 minutes 
22 Northwest Blvd Extended routing to Five Mile Park and Ride; no North Loop
23 Maple/Ash New night & Sunday service; timepoint changes
24 Monroe Timepoint & zone changes
25 Division 15-minute service on Saturdays to/from Francis; timepoint changes
26 Lidgerwood New connections to Riverpoint Campus; timepoint changes
27 Hillyard Extended to provide service on Francis; no North Loop; timepoints
28 Nevada New connections to Riverpoint Campus; timepoint changes
29 SCC Timepoint & zone changes; discontinued service to Minnehaha
30 Francis  DISCONTINUED (service provided by extended routes 22 and 27)
31 Garland DISCONTINUED 
32 Trent/Montgomery Improved connections at SCC; timepoint changes
33 Wellesley Timepoint changes; City Loop still in place
39 Mission  Increased service on Mission Avenue and new service to Minnehaha
41 Latah DISCONTINUED 
42 South Adams Serves Deaconess Hospital & South Adams & Madison Streets
43 Lincoln/37th Ave Serves South Maple/Walnut couplet
44 29th Ave Timepoint & zone changes; City Loop still in place
45 Regal 15-minute service to/from 57th Ave. during peak periods; timepoints
46 Altamont DISCONTINUED 
60 Airport via Browne’s Addition Timepoint & zone changes
61 Hwy 2 via Browne’s Addition New night & weekend service to Medical Lake
62 Medical Lake No night or weekend service
65 Cheney Becomes renamed commuter express service; see Routes 66 & 165
66 Cheney/EWU New service nights & weekends & increased frequency on weekdays
67 Medical Lake/Geiger DISCONTINUED 
68 Cheney Local New local service in Cheney
72 Liberty Lake Express  Service integrated into 174 Liberty Lake Express
73 VTC Express Becomes 173 VTC Express
74 Valley Limited Becomes 174 Liberty Lake Express
90 Sprague 15-minute service on Saturdays; route ends at VTC; timepoint changes
91 Mission Renamed as Route 39, serves Minnehaha
94 East Central/Millwood Later weeknight service
95 Millwood DISCONTINUED (service provided by route 94)
96 Pines/Sullivan New Night & Sunday service; service to Mirabeau & E. Wellesley
97 South Valley Timepoint & zone changes
98 Liberty Lake via Sprague New service to Liberty Lake from the VTC seven days a week
124 North Express Reduced frequency at beginning and end of peak travel times
165 Cheney Express New commuter service to Cheney
173 VTC Express Timepoint & zone changes
174 Liberty Lake Express New 15-minute frequency during peak periods, limited midday service

Vimeo Help

Vimeo is a video hosting service that allows users to "stream" video for online viewing, much like YouTube. The videos of the STA Board meetings are very lengthy, which can create problems due to variances in viewers’ internet connection speeds and video playing capabilities (determined by individual hardware and software configurations).  The most common problem is with navigating through a video as the connection tries to “buffer” the playback by loading information into temporary memory storage, or cache. This can often cause the video to pause indefinitely.
 If you are having problems and need to be able to view and navigate throughout an STA Board video hosted at Vimeo, try “right-clicking” and choosing the “Save-as” option and then download the entire video to your hard drive before viewing. If you still have problems, you can request a copy of the video on DVD be sent to you by contacting Jan Watson, Clerk of the Authority at 325-6096.

Return to Public Meetings 2011

September 2011 Service Change Schedules

The September service change is the result of a long interaction between the STA Board of Directors, STA Staff and most importantly the riders and members of the community who use the STA fixed route bus system. To view an archive of the pages and information provided to the public during the process, click here. NOTE: Some bus stops may have incorrect route information or be marked for removal on some routes as STA prepares for the September service change. To review the Stop consolidation plan, click here.

To view a pdf copy of the trifold Service Change Notice distributed in the buses, click here.

The titles of the routes below are linked to pdf files for the new schedules that are being submitted for commercial printing. All but the City Loop schedules (20, 33 & 44) will fit on a regular 11x17 sheet of paper (use the "Reduce to Fit" option in your print dialog screen if you are printing the City Loop schedule). Look for individual pages for each route (similar to the way the current routes are displayed) to be available online soon and printed schedules to be available by the end of August.

1 Plaza/Arena Shuttle Most trips continue as Route 2 Southside Medical Shuttle
2 Southside Medical Shuttle New weekend & night service; will continue as Route 1 on weekdays
20 SFCC Timepoint & zone changes; City Loop still in place
21 West Broadway Reduced late night and Sunday service to every 60 minutes 
22 Northwest Blvd Extended routing to Five Mile Park and Ride; no North Loop
23 Maple/Ash New night & Sunday service; timepoint changes
24 Monroe Timepoint & zone changes
25 Division 15-minute service on Saturdays to/from Francis; timepoint changes
26 Lidgerwood New connections to Riverpoint Campus; timepoint changes
27 Hillyard Extended to provide service on Francis; no North Loop; timepoints
28 Nevada New connections to Riverpoint Campus; timepoint changes
29 SCC Timepoint & zone changes; discontinued service to Minnehaha
30 Francis  DISCONTINUED (service provided by extended routes 22 and 27)
31 Garland DISCONTINUED 
32 Trent/Montgomery Improved connections at SCC; timepoint changes
33 Wellesley Timepoint changes; City Loop still in place
39 Mission  Increased service on Mission Avenue and new service to Minnehaha
41 Latah DISCONTINUED 
42 South Adams Serves Deaconess Hospital & South Adams & Madison Streets
43 Lincoln/37th Ave Serves South Maple/Walnut couplet
44 29th Ave Timepoint & zone changes; City Loop still in place
45 Regal 15-minute service to/from 57th Ave. during peak periods; timepoints
46 Altamont DISCONTINUED 
60 Airport via Browne’s Addition Timepoint & zone changes
61 Hwy 2 via Browne’s Addition New night & weekend service to Medical Lake
62 Medical Lake No night or weekend service
65 Cheney Becomes renamed commuter express service; see Routes 66 & 165
66 Cheney/EWU New service nights & weekends & increased frequency on weekdays
67 Medical Lake/Geiger DISCONTINUED 
68 Cheney Local New local service in Cheney
72 Liberty Lake Express  Service integrated into 174 Liberty Lake Express
73 VTC Express Becomes 173 VTC Express
74 Valley Limited Becomes 174 Liberty Lake Express
90 Sprague 15-minute service on Saturdays; route ends at VTC; timepoint changes
91 Mission Renamed as Route 39, serves Minnehaha
94 East Central/Millwood Later weeknight service
95 Millwood DISCONTINUED (service provided by route 94)
96 Pines/Sullivan New Night & Sunday service; service to Mirabeau & E. Wellesley
97 South Valley Timepoint & zone changes
98 Liberty Lake via Sprague New service to Liberty Lake from the VTC seven days a week
124 North Express Reduced frequency at beginning and end of peak travel times
165 Cheney Express New commuter service to Cheney
173 VTC Express Timepoint & zone changes
174 Liberty Lake Express New 15-minute frequency during peak periods, limited midday service

Spokane Transit to Host Telephone Town Hall

Spokane Transit Authority is entering the final stage of developing a 10-year plan consisting of two dozen transit projects.  The STA Moving Forward plan will provide the citizens of our region with greater access to jobs, schools and medical appointments, as well as reduce traffic congestion, improve regional air quality, and correspond with changing transit trends among all age groups.

We are seeking your feedback on the STA Moving Forward plan through November.  Our next public event will be a Telephone Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.  Nearly 55,000 residents from the region will be encouraged to participate via an automated phone dialing system.  All residents are warmly invited to join the conversation by calling toll-free 877-353-4701 during the live event.

Click here to read the full press release.

Draft Service Implementation Plan

Each year STA prepares a Service Implementation Plan to document route performance and identify pending and potential changes and improvements to fixed-route bus service for the next several years. The plan is intended to identify near-term strategies for service improvement to implement the Comprehensive Plan for public transportation.

A public hearing on the draft plan was held on June 15 and was approved by the STA Board of Directors on July 20, 2011. 

To view a copy of the 2011-2013 Service Implementation Plan, click here.

Josh Beckett: City of Liberty Lake

Attended North Idaho College and Eastern Washington University.

I met my wife Jamie in college and we have two daughters, Kylie and Makayla. Prior to relocating to Liberty Lake I worked for Safeco Insurance. My five years at Safeco I held a number of leadership positions, including the Director of Corporate Culture. I was one of the authors of Safeco's Diversity Strategy that positioned the company to be a market leader in emerging markets around the country. My last 2 years at Safeco I reported directly to the CEO, Mike McGavick.

Upon relocating to Liberty Lake I was hired as a Program Manager for Premera Blue Cross. I develop comprehensive billing systems to seek opportunity savings and efficiencies. I led a team of Program/Project Managers that were located in multiple offices.
 
Additionally, I spend as much time as possible volunteering and giving back to my community. My family and I cook a monthly dinner at the teen homeless shelter, Crosswalk, in downtown Spokane. I'm an advisory committee member for the Spokane Teachers Credit Union board of directors.
 
I was one of the founding board members of the Human Rights Education Institute, which is located in downtown Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. I've also served as a board member and vice president of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations. The Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations is the oldest grassroots organization combating hate and violence in our community. The Task Force was instrumental with waging the lawsuit against the Aryan Nations, which led to the hate groups to disband. We worked very closely with Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
 
2003-2005 I was an elected board member of the Urban League of Metropolitan of Seattle.
 
I ran for the council, not because I thought I have all the great ideas, but rather to help influence the conversation. I know I will stumble from time to time, but I'm ready to ask the tough questions and take a strong leadership position. My goal is, by the end of my term, to have helped shape the future for our city and the greater Liberty Lake Community.  
 

Nancy McLaughlin: Spokane City Council

Nancy McLaughlin is serving her second term on the Spokane City Council. In 1995, she co-founded the North Hill Neighborhood Observation Patrol in order to ensure the security and peace of her neighborhood. Nancy has also served as a block watch captain, former chair of District 81’s Citizens Advisory Committee, and a member of the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium Workshop. She brings to the Council the values of working hard, being a responsible neighbor, and staying true to her word.

Nancy is married to David McLaughlin and they own and operate a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. In 1978, they purchased a home in the Northwest district of Spokane where they still live today. They have three grown children and three very special granddaughters.
 
Awards:
Boards and Commissions:
Community and Volunteer Activities – Past and Present:

Candace Mumm: Spokane City Council

Nancy McLaughlin is serving her second term on the Spokane City Council. In 1995, she co-founded the North Hill Neighborhood Observation Patrol in order to ensure the security and peace of her neighborhood. Nancy has also served as a block watch captain, former chair of District 81’s Citizens Advisory Committee, and a member of the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium Workshop. She brings to the Council the values of working hard, being a responsible neighbor, and staying true to her word.

Nancy is married to David McLaughlin and they own and operate a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. In 1978, they purchased a home in the Northwest district of Spokane where they still live today. They have three grown children and three very special granddaughters.
 
Awards:
Boards and Commissions:
Community and Volunteer Activities – Past and Present:

Richard Rush: Spokane City Council

Richard grew up in the segregated South in the 1950's. His hometown of Tuskegee was the first in the state of Alabama to see its public schools desegregated in 1963. Most of his former classmates fled desegregation for private all-white academies.

His father, who had helped minority citizens register to vote, and his mother, who accepted an appointment to the school board to replace a member who resigned in protest of desegregation, kept him and his sister in public school. He graduated from Tuskegee High in a class of 16.
Richard earned a bachelor's degree in 1973 and his MBA in 1986. He has been active in retail and property management, political activism and spent the last ten years as a full-time parent. He is a 16- year resident of Spokane with a record of civic engagement beginning in 1995 with participation in Spokane Horizons, the foundation of the City's Comprehensive Plan.
 
In 1999 he focused on resource protection work with Friends of the Aquifer, a process that raised awareness of the region's sole source aquifer.
This effort in part spawned a $3.5 million aquifer study (completed in 2008) deepening our understanding of the nature and limits of our region's water supply. Friends of the Aquifer also successfully turned back attempts by two speculative energy companies to use vast amounts of the region's water resource for electricity generation.
 
Richard served on the Cliff-Cannon Neighborhood Council Executive Committee from 2001-2008. He has championed compliance with the City's Comprehensive Plan since its adoption in 2001.
 
His interests include public policy analysis, mountain biking, yoga, transcendental meditation, gardening and cooking. He is married with two children.
 
Boards and Commissions:

Amber Waldref: Spokane City Council

Born and raised in Northeast Spokane, Amber holds undergraduate degrees in sociology and English from Georgetown University and a M.A. from Antioch University, Seattle. She has worked at the federal, state and local levels in the non-profit sector as an environmental and public health advocate, promoting effective clean-up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the Spokane River, among other issues. Amber has partnered with educational and social agencies, including Eastern Washington University and United Way, in developing the Spokane Community Indicators Initiative, which aims to create a healthier, more vibrant community by using data to identify needs, priorities, and opportunities for economic, social, and environmental progress. She is a graduate of Leadership Spokane, Class of 2008.

Amber is an active volunteer in the Logan neighborhood, where she lives with her husband and daughters. She is committed to open communication and involving citizens at the neighborhood level in identifying ways to enhance our great city.

Her Priorities Are:
Current Council Related Boards, Committees and Commissions:

Mark Richard: Spokane County

Mark is a second generation Spokane resident and son to retired Judge Richard J. Richard.  He now has two beautiful daughters and a lovely wife of 14 years.  Mark graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Local Government.  Mark has held jobs as a laborer, dishwasher, manager and realtor.  He has volunteered his time coaching soccer and serving kids in a number of other capacities.  Before his current role consumed all of his time, Mark served as a board member of Kiwanis N.E. Club, as a member of the South Side Rotary Club and an Optimist Club member.


Mark’s priorities in County Government are improving regional collaboration, making our county streets safer, strengthening and diversifying the region’s economy and caring for those who genuinely cannot care for themselves.  Just a few of his initiatives to serve in these areas are:

Mark also serves on the following Boards and Commissions as your representative, so feel free to contact him about any of these or other issues important to you.

Chuck Hafner: City of Spokane Valley

Chuck Hafner was appointed in May of 2011 to serve an interim term filling the late Bob McCaslin's seat on the City Council.  A retired school administrator/consultant/businessman, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education/Business and a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Guidance from Eastern Washington University, as well as additional graduate supplemental courses.  In addition to owning a small business as a licensed independent contractor, Hafner has served as an officer, board member, and active member in numerous community organizations.

New Country Homes Park & Ride

A new Park & Ride location, complete with a shelter, is now available for riders of STA's #124 North Express. The Country Homes Park & Ride is located just south of Shasta Ave on Wall Street at the Country Homes Christian Church.

Fare Vending Machine at VTC Out of Order May 4th

The ticket vending machine at the Valley Transit Center will be out of order for a telephone line upgrade on May 4th, 2011.

Al French: Spokane County

After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1972, Al moved to Moscow, Idaho to attend the University of Idaho where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with a minor in Business Finance in 1977.

Prior to his election to the Spokane City Council in 2002, Al served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the region, especially donating his service and expertise to neighborhood committees in Spokane.

Al has more than 30 years experience as a successful businessman, architect, investment consultant, and developer in the Spokane region.  He has both attracted and assisted new businesses in the region and will use that experience as the newest Spokane County Commissioner.

Awards:
Boards and Commissions:

Gary Schimmels: City of Spokane Valley

From 1998 to 2007, Gary Schimmels owned and operated a local locksmith business. Schimmels attended Eastern Washington University prior to serving two years in the Army, and was a construction industry employee/owner/ operator from 1964 to 1994. He was a member of the original City Council and in November 2009, was re-elected to a four-year term through December 31, 2013. Schimmels was selected by his Council colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2010-2011.

Ed Pace: City of Spokane Valley

From 1998 to 2007, Gary Schimmels owned and operated a local locksmith business. Schimmels attended Eastern Washington University prior to serving two years in the Army, and was a construction industry employee/owner/ operator from 1964 to 1994. He was a member of the original City Council and in November 2009, was re-elected to a four-year term through December 31, 2013. Schimmels was selected by his Council colleagues to serve as Deputy Mayor for 2010-2011.

Bike Transit Survey

STA has created a survey to learn more about ways to enhance the transit experience for bicyclists. Please take the following survey to share your opinion about what we can do to better the connectivity between transit and bicycles.

Click on the link below to enter the survey.

Bike Transit Survey

To go to STA's Bikes on Buses page, click here.

Stop Consolidation Plan Phase 2

• What is the stop consolidation project?

In 2009 the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) began work on a comprehensive look at the current placement of bus stops and transit amenities for frequent service routes. Completed in September 2010, Phase I of the Stop Consolidation Plan evaluated what stops should be removed and what transit amenities should be included for the frequent service routes. Phase II of the Stop Consolidation Plan continues the process of reviewing the placement of existing stops and amenities.

• Why are we consolidating the number of bus stops?

The STA Board of Directors adopted the Service Design Guidelines which include a Stop Spacing and Placement Policy which states stops should generally be no closer than 800 feet, no further than 1,500 feet, and on average, a quarter mile apart.

Stop consolidation will enable Spokane Transit Authority (STA) to:

• What routes will be affected?

The following routes have proposed stop plans for public comment. Please click the links to view maps of the routes with their associated stop changes as proposed.

In addition to the maps available on the website, customers may contact our hotline at (509) 343-1653 to request a copy of the materials regarding the Stop Consolidation Project.

• How can I give my input?

By contacting Mike Hynes - Transit Planner at (509) 325-6059 or via email at mhynes@spokanetransit.com.

• When will the changes take effect?

 • Will you look at other routes in the future?

STA strives to continually improve service for the rider and operate in a more efficient manner. As such, additional routes will be considered for Stop Consolidation. STA will seek public comment to assist with developing the final plan.

Media Release: Central City Mobility Open House

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Molly Myers, Communications Manager - 509-325-6090 (office) or 509-435-3711 (cell)


CENTRAL CITY MOBILITY OPEN HOUSE

MARCH 29TH - 4:30 TO 7:00 P.M. 

SPOKANE, WA– Spokane Transit, the City of Spokane and the University District will host the second Central City Mobility Open House on Tuesday, March 29, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Chase Gallery (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. – lower level of City Hall).

STA will present an overview of the Central City Transit Alternatives Analysis (CCTAA), a joint research project between STA and the City of Spokane that focuseson a high performance transit service to connect major activity centers within the central city area. This project will deliberate on several options such as streetcar, enhanced bus and electric trolley.                    

One of the goals for the CCTAA is to help create a vibrant central city, by encouraging development while supporting local and regional business. The project will compare the environmental impacts of the transit options and look at ways to increase regional resources and transit mobility. The finished product will be a single preferred alternative that can be submitted for local, state and federal funding and proceed into project development. Essentially, this plan will create a blueprint for transit that will help guide future development in Spokane.

The open house is a convenient opportunity for citizens to learn about this and other mobility development projects under study for the downtown area, including the City’s University District Pedestrian / Bicycle Bridge and the East Sprague Redevelopment Study.  Additionally, representatives from SRTC Transportation Vision, Smart Routes and Pedestrian Plan, Spokane RoadFix, city-led Surviving Construction, Complete Streets Coalition, Spokane UCommute, and other mobility projects will be available to provide information and answer questions. 

“We are very excited to share the latest developments in our research on the Central City Transit Alternatives Analysis,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “The open house provides a perfect opportunity to educate people on this important topic and gather their input.”

A short program from 5:00 to 5:15 p.m. will feature Mayor Mary Verner and facilitators from the various projects.

For more information about the Central City Mobility Open House and featured projects, please visit the following websites; www.spokanetransit.com, www.developingspokane.org; www.connectspokane.org; www.spokaneuniversitydistrict.com.

Central City Mobility Open House

CENTRAL CITY MOBILITY OPEN HOUSE

MARCH 29TH - 4:30 TO 7:00 P.M. 

SPOKANE, WA– Spokane Transit, the City of Spokane and the University District will host the second Central City Mobility Open House on Tuesday, March 29, from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Chase Gallery (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. – lower level of City Hall).

STA will present an overview of the Central City Transit Alternatives Analysis (CCTAA), a joint research project between STA and the City of Spokane that focuseson a high performance transit service to connect major activity centers within the central city area. This project will deliberate on several options such as streetcar, enhanced bus and electric trolley.                    

One of the goals for the CCTAA is to help create a vibrant central city, by encouraging development while supporting local and regional business. The project will compare the environmental impacts of the transit options and look at ways to increase regional resources and transit mobility. The finished product will be a single preferred alternative that can be submitted for local, state and federal funding and proceed into project development. Essentially, this plan will create a blueprint for transit that will help guide future development in Spokane.

The open house is a convenient opportunity for citizens to learn about this and other mobility development projects under study for the downtown area, including the City’s University District Pedestrian / Bicycle Bridge and the East Sprague Redevelopment Study.  Additionally, representatives from SRTC Transportation Vision, Smart Routes and Pedestrian Plan, Spokane RoadFix, city-led Surviving Construction, Complete Streets Coalition, Spokane UCommute, and other mobility projects will be available to provide information and answer questions. 

“We are very excited to share the latest developments in our research on the Central City Transit Alternatives Analysis,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “The open house provides a perfect opportunity to educate people on this important topic and gather their input.”

A short program from 5:00 to 5:15 p.m. will feature Mayor Mary Verner and facilitators from the various projects.

For more information about the Central City Mobility Open House and featured projects, please visit the following websites; www.spokanetransit.com, www.developingspokane.org; www.connectspokane.org; www.spokaneuniversitydistrict.com.

Central City Transit Alternatives Analysis: Third Public Open House

Third Public Open House
March 29, 2011 in the Chase Gallery at Spokane City Hall: 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Over 140 people attended the second Public Open House for the project, held jointly with several other projects happening in the area, on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.

Follow the link below to the CCTAA website for more information:

Central City Transit Alternatives Analysis

Planning Initiatives Archive

Cheney Transit Service Evaluation

Spokane Transit is partnering with the city of Cheney, EWU and you on how it can improve service while making it more efficient.Read More...

Stop Consolidation Plan

In order to improve service efficiency and contain costs, a draft stop consolidation plan for six routes has been prepared for public comment.Read More...

Draft Service Implementation Plan

STA's annual Service Implementation Plan documents route performance and identifies pending and potential changes and improvements in fixed-route bus service. Read More...

Operations & Customer Service Committee Vacancy

Spokane Transit Authority (STA) is seeking to fill vacancies on the Operations & Customer Service Committee. This committee is comprised of STA Board members and qualified volunteer citizen members. The purpose of this committee is to advise and recommend action to the STA Board of Directors on planning, operations, marketing, and other policy level issues undertaken by Spokane Transit. The committee meets once a month. Members serve a two year term. To view the current roster and the duties of the committee, click here.

To view the Public Meetings page, click here.

How to Apply:

Persons interested in serving on the Operations and Customer Service Committee should contact Jan Watson, Clerk of the Authority, at (509) 325-6096 no later than February 28, 2011. 

September 2011 Service Reductions Approved by STA Board

STA Board Adopts Recommended Service Reductions

The Recommended Service Reductions were adopted by the board as presented by STA staff with no changes. The general descriptions of the upcoming changes appear in the links below. To view the FINAL RECOMMENDATION on September 2011 Service Reductions, click here. Details about the routes and schedules as they will exist in September will be made available this summer.

Original Preliminary Proposal to the STA Board of Directors

The STA Board of Directors was presented with a preliminary proposal for the September 2011 service reductions at the Board meeting held on September 15, 2010. To view the webpage with all the original preliminary proposal information, click here. Information about both the draft and final recommendations can be found in the text below.

Recommended Service Reduction Presented to the STA Board of Directors: January 2011

The STA Board of Directors was presented with a recommendation for the September 2011 service reductions at the Board meeting held on January 19, 2011. To view the complete draft recommendation, click here

Public Hearing:

A public hearing regarding the recommended service reductions was held February 16, 2011 at the STA Board Meeting.

Descriptions by Route:

Click here to view a list of descriptions of the approved route changes.

Maps:

To view a map of the recommended service reductions click here. NOTE: this is a large (2.2 MB) pdf file.

To view and open pdf files of smaller area maps (North Spokane, South Spokane, Spokane Valley, and West Plains) showing the recommended service reductions, click here.

To view the map of the recommended changes to service in Cheney, click here.

Background:

For nearly three years, Spokane Transit’s primary source of operating revenue, a locally imposed sales tax, has been in decline, reducing the agency’s ability to maintain its current level of service to the Public Transportation Benefit Area. Although transit ridership has seen strong growth over the last several years, increased revenue from fares alone cannot make up for the budget shortfall caused by the decline in sales tax revenue. Like most of its peer agencies, STA is faced with cutting service as one response toward helping the agency realize fiscal sustainability during these challenging times. For Spokane Transit, this means returning to 2004 service levels and jeopardizing much or all of the 45% ridership increase it enjoyed over the past few years.
    As part of its 2010 Budget, the STA Board of Directors identified a service reduction strategy that would allow cuts to take place over several years, helping to ensure reductions are made strategically with allowance for new revenues that could help avoid the full effect of cuts. In total, the cuts required between 2010 and 2012 approximate a 16% reduction in fixed-route operations in order to maintain a sustainable service through 2015. The graph below illustrates the gap between what was once expected and where the system must go in terms of hours of fixed-route service provided.

Paratransit Services:

Paratransit is a wheelchair-accessible shared-ride transportation service for individuals whose disability prevents them from using the regular fixed route buses. This means that a person must be unable, because of a disability, to get to or from the bus stop, get on or off a lift or ramp equipped bus, or successfully travel by bus to or from their destination.
    The Paratransit service area is comparable to the area served by the regular, fixed-route bus system. Paratransit is operated in the same service area and the same service hours and conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The service area is a corridor with a width that extends ¾ of a mile on each side of and around each fixed route.

Archive:

To view the original summary of the preliminary proposal as presented to the Board on September 15, 2010, click here.

Recommended 2011 Service Reduction Maps By Area

Click on the images below to open a pdf file of each area map.

North Spokane:

 

South Spokane:

 

Spokane Valley:

 

West Plains:

September 2011 Service Changes By Route

 

Route

Approved Changes

1

1. Interline with Route 2 weekdays
2. Reduce frequencies during shoulders of peak period

2

1. Interline with Route 1 weekdays
2. Operate route 7 days a week
3. Retain current 15 minute peak frequency, but reduce mid-day frequency to 20 minutes
4. Modify route to travel on Wall St inbound thereby eliminating the 5th Ave and Lincoln St routing near Deaconess Hospital (new Route 48 would travel on 5th Ave in front of Deaconess with two-way service)

20

No changes are recommended to Route 20 SFCC.

21

1. Reduce frequency to 60 minutes weekday nights
2. Reduce frequency to 60 minutes Saturday nights
3. Reduce frequency to 60 minutes all day Sunday and on holidays

22

Extend Route 22 to the 5-Mile Park & Ride and terminate at that location. Additionally, modify the route to travel on Rowan Ave between Assembly St and Driscoll Blvd. This reroute would eliminate the service on Assembly St north of Rowan Ave and on Driscoll Blvd north of Rowan Ave.

23

Modify Route 23 to travel on Rowan Aveand Alberta St. This would eliminate service on Maple/Ash St north of Rowan Ave and on Francis Ave between Ash St and Alberta St. Route 23 would no longer serve the 5-mile Park & Ride. Extend weekday span of service and provide Sunday service to more fully compensate for the loss of Route 31. Weekday Plaza arrivals would switch to :15/:45 after the hour and departures would switch to :20/:50 after the hour during peak period (slight downtown routing change).

24

No changes are recommended to Route 24 Monroe.

25

Adjust headways on Saturday to provide 30 minute frequency of service mornings and 15 minute frequency during the mid day and late afternoon.  Select trips would turn back at Francis Ave on Saturdays. 

26

Modify Route 26 to serve the University District on Spokane Falls Blvd/Trent Ave and Hamilton St east of Gonzaga University.  This would eliminate service on North River Dr and Sharp Ave north of Gonzaga University. 

27

Extend Route 27 just past Monroe St to Madison St and Rosewood Ave and end the route. Modify route to travel on Dakota St between Illinois Ave and Indiana Ave.

28

Modify Route 28 to serve the University District on Spokane Falls Blvd/Trent Ave and Hamilton St east of Gonzaga University.  This would eliminate service on North River Dr and Sharp Ave north of Gonzaga University.

29

Modify Route 29 to terminate at Spokane Community College.

30

Discontinue Route 30.

31

Discontinue Route 31.

32

Modify Route 32 to eliminate service on Mirabeau Parkway (service to YMCA). Change the location of the route number change (32-97) to Mirabeau Park & Ride.

33

No changes are recommended to Route 33 Wellesley.

41

Eliminate Route 41.

42

Discontinue Route 42.

43

Modify Route 43 to serve Maple St and Walnut St. This would eliminate service on 5th Ave, Adams St, 10th Ave, and Madison St.  Add additional service between the Plaza and 14th Ave during the peak periods. Create new Route 48 to operate 7 days a week with service on 5th Ave, Adams St, Cedar St, 10th Ave, and Madison St.

44

Modify Route 44 to eliminate circular routing around Manito Shopping Center on 29th Ave and Grand Ave during outbound trips.  Retain circular routing around Manito Shopping Center on inbound trips.

45

Modify Route 45 to serve 57th Ave east of Regal St and eliminate service west of Regal St for regular routing.  During the peak periods, retain service on 57th Ave to Perry St and combine with the regular Route 45 to create 15 minute frequency between 57th Ave and Regal St and the Plaza.  Adjust the arrival and departure times of Route 45 to accommodate efficient interlining of service. End the route at Freya St and 55th Ave.

46

Discontinue Route 46.

48

New Route 48 to operate 7 days a week with service on 5th Ave, Adams St, Cedar St, 10th Ave, and Madison St.

60

No changes are recommended to Route 60 Airport via Browne's Addition.

61

Eliminate service to the West Spokane Industrial Park along Lawson St, McFarlane Rd, and Garfield Rd.  Serve the BX on Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB) with select trips on weekdays only.  On nights and weekends, Route 61 would continue to Brooks Rd and the Medical Lake Transfer Center and return along the same route.

62

Provide weekday service to Medical Lake. Serve the hospitals on every trip, either outbound or inbound depending on the time of day (one AM shift would be served)  Provide limited late night and weekend service on Route 61.

65

Revise Route 65 to operate as commuter/peak service with six trips during both the morning and evening peak period.

66

Route 66 becomes the primary connection between Spokane and Cheney seven days a week.  Headways will be reduced to 30 minutes or less during most weekday hours to improve service and handle passenger loads.

67

Eliminate Route 67.

68

Create new Route 68 to operate along First Street in Cheney and provide service seven days per week.  The recommended option runs in a two-way pattern along First St, Betz Rd, and Washington St and connects key activity centers in Cheney.

72

Consolidate Route 72 with Route 74.

73

Revise the routing in Downtown Spokane to accommodate pickups and drop-offs on Riverside Ave instead of Sprague Ave. Plaza arrival and departure times will remain unchanged.

74

Modify Route 74 to exit I-90 at Evergreen Rd and continue service to Mirabeau Park & Ride. Route 74 will operate with 15 minute frequency during the peak periods only with limited mid day service (3-4 trips). Additionally, trippers will be added as necessary to handle demand. Molter Rd and Mirabeau Park & Ride will continue to be served with 30 minute service during peak periods in the reverse direction.

90

End Route 90 at the Valley Transit Center (VTC).  The existing service east of the VTC will be replaced by Route 98.  On Saturdays, Route 90 will operate with 30 minute frequency in the mornings and 15 minute frequency in the mid day and afternoon. Outbound trips would begin on Riverside Ave eliminating out-of-direction travel in downtown Spokane.

91

Reduce the headways of Route 91 to 30 minutes and modify the route to serve the Minnehaha area with the same one way loop operating on Jackson Ave, Marietta Ave, Myrtle St, Fredrick Ave, and Euclid Ave.

94

Offer two way service to Park Rd and 8th Ave with Route 94.  There would be no service on Broadway Ave west of Park Rd and on Havana St north of 5th Ave, but it would serve Argonne Rd/Mullan Rd between Broadway Ave and Liberty Ave.  The layover would move to Bridgeport Ave and Argonne Rd and the frequency would be reduced to 60 minutes on Saturdays.  Additionally, the Plaza arrival times would change to accommodate efficient interlining of service.

95

Discontinue Route 95.

96

Modify Route 96 to serve the East Valley area and eliminate service through the Spokane Industrial Park.  Additionally, this route would serve Mirabeau Park & Ride and the schedule would be adjusted to improve connectivity at the Valley Transit Center (VTC).  Sunday service would be added to ensure consistency with the Basic Service span policy.     

97

Modify Route 97 to stay on 32nd Ave and eliminate service on 24th Ave near Bowdish Middle School.  Change the location of the route number change (32-97) to Mirabeau Park & Ride and adjust the schedule to improve connections at the Valley Transit Center (VTC).

98

Create new Route 98 to travel on Sprague Ave east of the Valley Transit Center (VTC) to the Green Acres area and continue on Mission Ave to Harvard Rd to end at the Liberty Lake Park & Ride.  The recommended option connects the City of Liberty Lake and the VTC (with connections to downtown Spokane) with service seven days per week.

124

Reduce frequency to 30 minutes before and after each commute peak period in the mornings and evenings.  The outbound trip would begin on Sprague Ave, which would eliminate out-of-direction travel in downtown Spokane.


 

Come to STA’s Google Transit Launch

Google Transit Launch

Come celebrate the launch of Spokane Transit's presence on Google Transit!
 
Time:
Friday, December 31 · 4:30pm - 5:00pm
 
Location:
STA Plaza
701 W. Riverside
Spokane, WA
 

Public Meetings 2011

2011 Public Meetings

Below are the Spokane Transit Board of Directors and each of STA's committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for 2011. Links to previous year's schedules, agendas and minutes appear at the bottom of this page.


Spokane Transit Board of Directors

Board Members

Unless otherwise noted below, all meetings are now on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Spokane City Council Chambers, Spokane City Hall, 808 West Spokane Falls Boulevard.  There is no Board meeting in August.  Agendas are generally posted on this site the Friday before each meeting. 

The broadcast of the video (see live link below) of the STA Board Meetings on City Cable Channel 5 occurs at 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday following the meeting, 10:00 a.m. on the Monday following the meeting and at 8:00 p.m. on the Tuesday following the meeting.

December 2011 Board Meeting Video: Click Here

Are you having problems viewing the videos at Vimeo? Click here.

2011 Meeting Schedule

Meeting Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 19 Agenda Minutes

February 16

Agenda Minutes
March 9 (Executive Committee) NA  
March 16 Agenda Minutes

April 20

Agenda Minutes
May 18

Agenda

Minutes
June 8 (Executive Committee) NA  

June 15

Agenda

Minutes

June 29 (Board Workshop)

Agenda Minutes

July 15 (Board Workshop)
Agenda Minutes

July 20

Agenda Minutes
August/No Meeting NA NA
September 14 (Executive Committee) Cancelled  
September 21 (Special Meeting to discuss Board Governance before regular STA Board Meeting: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.)   Minutes
September 21 Board Meeting Agenda Minutes
October 14 (Executive Committee:1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at STA-NSB)    
October 19 Agenda Minutes
November 2 (Board Budget Workshop) NA Minutes
November 16 Agenda Minutes
December 14 (Executive Committee) Cancelled  
December 15 (THURSDAY) Agenda Minutes

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting. The Study Session meeting was eliminated following the Board meeting in March.

*NA – not available

Citizen Advisory Committee

CAC Members and Charter

All meetings are the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 5:00 p.m. in the Southside Conference Room,1229 West Boone Avenue (unless otherwise noted).

2011 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 12 Cancelled NA
February 9 Agenda Minutes
March 9 Agenda Minutes
April 13 Agenda Minutes
May 11 Agenda Minutes
June 8 Agenda Minutes
July 13 Agenda Minutes
August/No Meeting NA NA
September 14 Agenda Minutes
October 12 Agenda Minutes
November 9 Agenda Minutes
December 14 Agenda Minutes
January 11, 2012 Agenda NA

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available


 Operations and Customer Service Committee

Committee Members and Duties

All meetings are Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Southside Conference Room, 1229 West Boone Avenue (unless otherwise noted).

2011 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 5 Agenda Minutes
February 2 Agenda Minutes
March 2 Agenda Minutes
April 6 Agenda Minutes
May 4 Agenda Minutes
June 1 Agenda Minutes
July 6 Agenda Minutes
August/No Meeting NA NA
September 7 Agenda Minutes
October 5 Agenda Minutes
November 2 Agenda Minutes
December 7 Agenda NA

Meeting minutes are generally approved at the following month’s meeting.
*NA – not available

NOTE: The January 2012 Operations and Customer Service Meeting is cancelled.


2010 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2009 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

2008 STA Public Meeting archive, click here.

New Fares & 31-Day Passes For 2011

Fares will increase and new 31-Day rolling passes are available for some fare types. Click here to read all about the changes.

Current Winter Operations

CURRENT CONDITIONS

All routes are currently on regular routing. Paratransit is operating under General Snow Conditions. Expect delays due to traffic conditions.

Changes will appear here on the website before notices will be pushed to e-mail, text message or social media subscribers

PARATRANSIT

Paratransit is operating under General Snow Conditions. To view the definitions of the Paratransit Winter Operating Guidelines, click here.

Updates:

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Winter Contingency Plan and Detours: To view the Winter Contingency Plan, Snow Detours and the city plowing information, visit the Snow Detours page by clicking here.

STA will keep riders updated on detours and changes as quickly as possible but customers are also advised to listen to traffic and news reports that may affect their service.  General traffic conditions, blocking accidents, or unannounced street closures may have immediate impacts on specific segments of bus routes.

Proposed September 2011 Service Changes By Route

 

Route

Proposed Changes

Explanation

1 Plaza/Arena Shuttle

Interline with Route 2
  1. Reduces peak-hour bus requirement
  2. Improves schedule consistency with 15 minute frequency weekdays ( weekday peak frequency remains unchanged)

2 Southside Medical Shuttle

  1. Interline with Route 1
  2. Operate route 7 days a week
  1. Improves connectivity with arena parking  to the medical district
  2. Mitigates the negative impacts of the proposed elimination of Route 46
  3. Adds Saturday and Sunday service to the medical district

20 Spokane Falls Community College

No change

N/A

21 West Broadway

No change

N/A

22 Northwest Boulevard

  1. Extend route to 5-Mile Park & Ride (would not continue as Route 30)
  2. Modify route to travel on Rowan Ave (between Assembly St and Driscoll Blvd) thereby eliminating service on Assembly St north of Rowan Ave and on Driscoll Blvd north of Rowan Ave
  1. Mitigate the negative impacts of the proposed elimination of Route 30
  2. Mitigate passenger wait times by moving the layover to the end of the line and not mid-route
  3. Reduce travel time

23 Maple/Ash

  1. Modify route to travel on Rowan Ave and Alberta St thereby eliminating service on Maple St/Ash St north of Rowan Ave and on Francis Ave between Ash St and Alberta St
  2. Eliminate service to 5-Mile Park & Ride
  1. Mitigate the negative impacts of the proposed elimination of Route 31
  2. Improve route productivity
  3. Improve operational capacity issues at 5-Mile Park & Ride

24 Monroe

No change

N/A

25 Division

No change

N/A

26 Addison

  1. Modify route to serve the U District on Spokane Falls Blvd/Trent Ave and Hamilton St east of Gonzaga University thereby eliminating service on North River Drive and Sharp Ave north of Gonzaga University
  2. Modify route to travel on Nevada St to Wellesley Ave thereby eliminating service on Bridgeport Ave and Addison St south of Wellesley Ave
  1. Improve connectivity and frequency to the U District
  2. Improve frequency on Hamilton St/Nevada St up to Wellesley Ave (15 min service weekdays with Routes 26/28)

27 Crestline

  1. Modify route to travel on Indiana Ave (between Astor St and Hamilton St) and Hamilton St  (between Indiana Ave and Illinois Ave) thereby eliminating service on Astor St and Montgomery Ave
  2. Extend route to Monroe St and Rosewood Ave (would not continue as Route 30)
  1. Mitigate the negative impacts of the proposed elimination of Route 30
  2. Reduce travel time

28 Nevada

Modify route to serve the U District on Spokane Falls Blvd/Trent Ave and Hamilton St east of Gonzaga University thereby eliminating service on North River Ave and Sharp Ave north of Gonzaga University

  1. Improve connectivity and frequency to the U District
  2. Improve frequency on Hamilton St/Nevada St up to Wellesley Ave (15 min service weekdays with Routes 26/28)

29 Spokane Community College

Modify route to terminate at Spokane Community College.

Route 91 would serve the Minnehaha area

30 Francis

Discontinue route

Provides service to areas that generally are served or will be served by more cost effective service options (see Routes 22, 27)

31 Garland

Discontinue route

Provides service to areas that generally are served or will be served by more cost effective service options (see Route 23)

32 Trent / Indiana

Modify route to serve Buckeye between Vista and Argonne Roads

Mitigate the loss of Route 95 Millwood

33 Wellesley

No change

N/A

41 Latah

Discontinue route

Fails all three route performance standards

42 South Maple

Discontinue route

Consolidate with Route 43 to eliminate redundancy of coverage

43 Lincoln / 37th Ave

Modify route to serve Maple St and Walnut St thereby eliminating service on 5th Ave, Adams St, 10th Ave, and Madison St

Modify  routing through Cannon neighborhood to serve Maple / Walnut to mitigate proposed elimination of Route 42

44 29th Ave

Modify route to stay on 29th Ave thereby eliminating the loop around Manito Shopping Center on 29th Ave/Grand Ave

Improve schedule reliability

45 Southeast Boulevard

Modify route to serve 57th Ave east of Regal St thereby eliminating service on 57th Ave west of Regal St

Low productivity along current routing west of Regal St

46 Altamont

Discontinue route

  1. Fails two of three route performance standards
  2. Partially redundant service coverage with Routes 2 and 45

60 Airport / Browne’s Addition

No change

N/A

61 Hwy 2 / Browne’s Addition

  1. Eliminate service to the West Spokane Industrial Park along Lawson St, McFarlane Rd, and Garfield Rd
  2. Modify route to end at the Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB) gate thereby eliminating service on base (all outbound trips would end at the FAFB gate)
  1. Low productivity on route segments proposed for eliminations
  2. Current service on FAFB challenged by unreliability resulting from insufficient operating recovery and elevated security requirements

62 Medical Lake Hospitals

Discontinue route

Low ridership response to improvements made in 2005

65 Cheney / EWU

Revise route to operate as commuter/peak service with six trips during each peak period (AM / PM)

Eliminate redundant service and underutilized trips

66 EWU

Route becomes the primary connection between Spokane and Cheney seven days a week, with headways reduced to 30 minutes or less during most weekday hours

Eliminate redundant service and underutilized trips

67 Medical Lake / Geiger

Discontinue route

Low ridership

68 First Street (Cheney)

New route operating along First Street in Cheney seven days per week with several routing options as depicted on the maps

Eliminate redundant service and underutilized trips and improve local circulation within Cheney

72 Liberty Lake Express

Consolidate with Route 74

Consolidate with Route 74 to maximize resources and eliminate low ridership service segments

73 VTC Express

No change

N/A

74 Valley Limited

  1. Modify route to exit I-90 at Evergreen Rd (instead of Sullivan Rd) to continue service to Mirabeau Park & Ride
  2. Reduce headways to 20 minutes
  3. Eliminate mid day service

 

  1. Consolidate with Route 72
  2. Low mid day productivity

 

90 Sprague

  1. End route at the Valley Transit Center (VTC)
  2. New route 98 would serve Sprague Ave east of the VTC and the Greenacres area with 30 minute frequency on weekdays (see Route 98 below)

Improve schedule reliability

91 Mission

  1. Reduce headways to 30 minutes
  2. Modify route to serve the Minnehaha area with current one way loop along Jackson Ave, Marietta Ave, Myrtle St, Fredrick Ave, and Euclid Ave
  1. Improve connectivity and frequency to SCC (15 min service weekdays with Routes 29/91) and mitigate loss of service on nearby Sharp Ave
  2. Route 29 would no longer serve the Minnehaha area

94 East Fifth

No change

N/A

95 Millwood

Discontinue route

Provides service to areas that generally are served or will be served by more cost effective service options (see Route 32)

96 Pines

Modify route to serve the East Valley area thereby eliminating service through the Spokane Industrial Park

  1. Low ridership within Spokane Industrial Park
  2. Improve schedule reliability

97 South Valley

Modify route to stay on 32nd Ave thereby eliminating service on 24th Ave near Bowdish Middle School

Reduce travel time

98 Greenacres

New route to travel on Sprague Ave east of the VTC to the Greenacres area with 30 minute frequency on weekdays, hourly on nights and weekends

Route 90 is proposed to end at the VTC

124 North Express

Reduce frequency to 30 minutes before and after each commute peak period (AM/PM)

Low ridership on edges of peak period

Cheney Options Maps for 2011 Service Changes

Click on the images below (scroll down) to open a pdf file of each map.

Cheney Option 1:

Cheney Option 2:

Cheney Option 3:

2011 Service Reduction Maps By Area

Click on the images below to open a pdf file of each area map.

North Spokane:

 

South Spokane:

 

Spokane Valley:

 

West Plains:

Proposed September 2011 Service Reductions

Preliminary Proposal to the STA Board of Directors

The STA Board of Directors was presented with a preliminary proposal for the September 2011 service reductions at the Board meeting held on September 15, 2010. To view the preliminary proposal, click here. To view a pdf version of the presentation made to the Board by Karl Otterstrom, STA Director of Planning, click here.

Public Input Summaries:

To view the first Public Input Summary Report, click here.

To view the second Public Input Summary Report, click here.

Public Presentations Schedule:

To view a schedule of upcoming public presentations regarding the September 2011 service reductions, click here.

Descriptions by Route:

Click here to view a list of descriptions of the proposed route changes.

Maps:

To view a map of the proposed service reductions click here. NOTE: this is a large (2MB) pdf file.

To view and open pdf files of smaller area maps (North Spokane, South Spokane, Spokane Valley, and West Plains) showing the proposed service reductions, click here.

To view the maps of the three options for proposed changes to service in Cheney, click here.

Hotline:

A hotline is set up for people to call and leave comments/suggestions or request an information packet be sent to them by mail. The hot line number is (509) 343-1653.

Survey:

The public survey regarding the Proposed 2011 Service Reductions was officially closed on December 31, 2010. STA received over 400 surveys.

Background:

For nearly three years, Spokane Transit’s primary source of operating revenue, a locally imposed sales tax, has been in decline, reducing the agency’s ability to maintain its current level of service to the Public Transportation Benefit Area. Although transit ridership has seen strong growth over the last several years, increased revenue from fares alone cannot make up for the budget shortfall caused by the decline in sales tax revenue. Like most of its peer agencies, STA is faced with cutting service as one response toward helping the agency realize fiscal sustainability during these challenging times. For Spokane Transit, this means returning to 2004 service levels and jeopardizing much or all of the 45% ridership increase it enjoyed over the past few years.
    As part of its 2010 Budget, the STA Board of Directors identified a service reduction strategy that would allow cuts to take place over several years, helping to ensure reductions are made strategically with allowance for new revenues that could help avoid the full effect of cuts. In total, the cuts required between 2010 and 2012 approximate a 16% reduction in fixed-route operations in order to maintain a sustainable service through 2015. The graph below illustrates the gap between what was once expected and where the system must go in terms of hours of fixed-route service provided.

Paratransit Services:

Paratransit is a wheelchair-accessible shared-ride transportation service for individuals whose disability prevents them from using the regular fixed route buses. This means that a person must be unable, because of a disability, to get to or from the bus stop, get on or off a lift or ramp equipped bus, or successfully travel by bus to or from their destination.
    The Paratransit service area is comparable to the area served by the regular, fixed-route bus system. Paratransit is operated in the same service area and the same service hours and conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The service area is a corridor with a width that extends ¾ of a mile on each side of and around each fixed route.

Archive:

To view the original summary of the proposal as presented to the Board on September 15, 2010, click here.

Media Notice: Proposed 2011 Service Reductions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     

CONTACT:   
Molly Myers       
Communications Manager
509-325-6090 office
509-435-3711 cell


STA PRESENTS PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL FOR 2011 SERVICE REDUCTIONS

 
The preliminary proposal to reduce seven percent of STA’s current bus service in September, 2011, was presented to the Board of Directors at last night’s board meeting.
  
“We are in our third straight year of significant reductions in sales tax revenue, which provides more than two thirds of our revenue,” said Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “We’re taking a major hit, like so many others. But we believe in the service we provide and are working hard to do our best with less.”
 
STA has been able to maintain service at the same level until now because of careful planning and prudent financial policies. The organization is debt-free. Unfortunately, the recession continues. Even if the economy started to recover next year, STA would not return to 2007 sales tax revenue levels until early 2016 – an eight year period of reduced revenue that will never be re-captured.
 
“We must reduce expenses in order to live within our means,” Meyer said. “We’re going to be smart about making staffing and service reductions. We’re going to involve our employees, our riders, the Board and the community at large in our decision-making – because we’re all in this together.”
 
An extensive public process is being launched by STA to provide ample opportunity for people to share their thoughts and ideas about the proposed service reductions. The Board is not expected to make a final decision until March 2011. Service cuts wouldn’t go into effect until September 2011.
 
Beginning September 23, the Preliminary Proposal for 2011 Service Reductions, as well as a public meeting schedule and the process timeline, will be available online at www.spokanetransit.com.  Detailed information about the proposal will be displayed in the STA Education Center, located at The Plaza on the second floor rotunda, beginning October 1.
 
Opportunities to provide ideas and comments are available on the STA web site and at The STA Plaza.
 
For more information about the Preliminary Proposal, click here.

Mission, Priorities & Performance Measures

STA Mission Statement:

We are dedicated to providing safe, accessible, convenient, and efficient public transportation services to the Spokane region’s neighborhoods, and businesses and activity centers;

We are leaders in transportation and a valued partner in the community’s social fabric, economic infrastructure, and quality of life.

Our Vision:

We aspire to be a source of pride for the region.

STA Organizational Priorities:

1. Ensure Safety

Emphasize safety of our customers and employees in all aspects of our operations.

2. Earn and Retain the Community’s Trust

Engender trust and accountability and satisfy and exceed the expectations of citizens, customers, and employees; increase ridership; provide service that is responsive and tailored to the area’s needs.

3. Provide Outstanding Customer Service

Provide consistently high-quality service to customers at every interaction with Spokane Transit; be rated by customers, the community, and employees as providing excellent customer service as measured annually in surveys.

4. Enable Organizational Development

Have a well-trained and highly productive workforce; promote healthy dialogue on important issues. Have an active and engaged Board of Directors.

5. Exemplify Financial Stewardship

Operate an efficient, cost-effective operation; maintain tight control of operational, administrative, and capital expenditures of public resources; establish reasonable, user-based revenue targets; plan for future operational and capital needs.

Performance Measures:

Each of the priorities stated above is tied to a set of objective, measureable Performance Measures. The goals/standards for each measure are set annually and approved by the Board of Directors. Our results are reported quarterly. Links to the most current quarterly report and the list of annual measures are listed below.

Second Quarter 2014 Performance Measures

First Quarter 2014 Performance Measures

2014 Performance Measures

2013 Year End Performance Measures

Third Quarter 2013 Performance Measures

Second Quarter 2013 Performance Measures

First Quarter 2013 Performance Measures

2013 Performance Measures

2012 Year End Performance Measures

Third Quarter 2012 Performance Measures

Second Quarter 2012 Performance Measures

First Quarter 2012 Performance Measures

2012 Draft Performance Measures

2014 Annual Strategic Plan:

Spokane Transit's 2014 Annual Strategic Plan was approved by the Board of Directors at their October Board Meeting. To view the plan, click here.

September 2010 Service Reductions

Effective September 19, 2010: Printed schedules will be available in September.

The STA Board of Directors approved a reduction of service on selected routes at the June 16, 2010 Board meeting. To view the Final Recommendation click here.

Information about the preliminary proposal is available here.

To view a summary of the Draft Recommendations click here.

To view a description of the actual service changes to be implemented on September 19, 2010, click here.

Public Notices


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.
Spokane Transit assures nondiscrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information, see http://www.spokanetransit.com

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Upon request, alternative formats of this information will be produced for people who are disabled. The meeting facility is accessible for people using wheelchairs. For other accommodations, please call 325-6094 (TTY Relay 711) at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

 

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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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Cheney Transit Service Evaluation

Spokane Transit is partnering with the city of Cheney, EWU and you on how it can improve service while making it more efficient. STA is considering changes to Cheney service as part of changes it is planning for September 2011. A community survey followed by work sessions over the summer will precede a preliminary list of options to be presented to the STA board in the fall 2010.

Click here to fill out a survey on Cheney bus service. Go to information pages for Route 65 and Route 66 to see more information on how we serve Cheney and EWU today.

Transit Development Plan

As a public transportation benefit area authority, Spokane Transit is required to prepare a six-year transit development plan and annual report. This document provides updated information to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on the development of the various transit activities undertaken by STA.

To view the 2014 Transit Development Plan, click here.

To view the 2013 Transit Development Plan, click here.

To view the 2012 Transit Development Plan, click here.

To view the 2011 Transit Development Plan, click here.

To view the 2010 Transit Development Plan, click here.

To view the 2009 Transit Development Plan, click here.
 

Public Transportation Benefit Area

Much like a fire or school district, the Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) is a special taxing district established by Washington State for the purpose of providing public transportation. Our PTBA includes the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake, Millwood, Liberty Lake, Spokane, and Spokane Valley, as well as portions of the unincorporated county surrounding those muncipalities. Originally established in 1980, the PTBA was redrawn in 2006 to more closely reflect the urban nature of public transportation. The redrawn boundary (248 square miles) was based closely (but not entirely) on the Spokane County Urban Growth Area (UGA), urban growth reserve boundaries, and on current precinct and school district boundaries. View a Map of the PTBA.

Spokane Transit is the provider of public transportation services within the PTBA and is considered a municipal government much like any city, county, fire district or school district. It is governed by a Board of Directors composed of nine elected officials from the jurisdictions within the PTBA.
Funding for Spokane Transit's services is largely provided by a local sales tax levied within the PTBA only. (By state law, the only legal means of public funding for transit agencies in Washington is through local sales and use tax of no more than 0.9%. Spokane Transit currently levies 0.6%. Voter approval is required before a tax can be levied.)
 

Rules Of Conduct

The official complete version of the STA rules of conduct can be downloaded in pdf format by clicking here.

If you would like a copy sent to you, contact Jan Watson, Clerk of the Authority, at jwatson@spokanetransit.com or by calling her at (509) 325-6096.

RULES OF CONDUCT FOR TRANSIT VEHICLES, FACILITIES AND PROPERTIES

ARTICLE I. -- INTRODUCTION

Spokane Transit Authority (“STA”) Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties are intended to provide public transportation services for the benefit of STA the general public and STA employees.  To maintain public transportation services that are orderly, safe, secure, comfortable and convenient, the following Rules of Conduct for STA Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties (the “Rules of Conduct”) have been adopted by the STA Board of Directors.  The Rules of Conduct are intended to regulate conduct occurring on STA Transit Vehicles, within or upon STA Facilities and Properties, and in connection with STA’s provision of public transportation services.

The Rules of Conduct consist of five separate articles, which include the following: Article I -- Introduction; Article II -- Definitions; Article III -- Regulation of Conduct; Article IV -- Public Communication Activities: STA Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties; and Article V -- Public Communication Activities: The Plaza.  Unless otherwise provided herein, reference to the phrase “Rules of Conduct” shall collectively include Articles I through V.

If any one or more of the provision(s) in the Rules of Conduct shall be declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to law, then such provision(s) shall be null and void and shall be deemed separable from the remaining provisions in the Rules of Conduct and shall in no way affect the validity of the other provisions of the Rules of Conduct.

ARTICLE II. -- DEFINITIONS

As used in these Rules of Conduct, the words herein shall have the meanings provided in this Article II.  Words of the masculine gender shall be deemed and construed to include correlative words of the feminine and neuter genders.  Words imparting the singular number shall include the plural numbers and vice-versa, unless the context shall otherwise dictate.

  1. “ADA” shall mean The Americans with Disabilities Act.

  2. “Bus shelters” shall mean those structures located in transit vehicle loading zones that provide cover for the general public to board and alight Transit Vehicles.

  3. “Commercial activity or activities” shall mean any enterprise or venture by groups or individuals for the purpose of promoting or selling products or services to STA employees or the general public, whether for profit or not.

  4. “General public” shall mean any person or group of persons, including STA employees not acting in an official capacity at the time.

  5. “Lower Level” shall mean the underground level of The Plaza where authorized parking and storage and maintenance areas are available.  The Lower Level is not open for access/egress by the general public.

  6. “Park-and-Ride lots” shall mean locations officially designated by STA at which persons may park their individual vehicles or bicycles and transfer to an STA transit vehicle or car/vanpool vehicle, or to a vehicle/shuttle permitted by STA. The term shall include all physical improvements and landscaping connected with a Park-and-Ride lot.

  7. “Permit” shall mean a permit that gives a Permittee authority to conduct public communication activities in a manner consistent with applicable endorsements, rules and procedures in Articles IV and V herein.

  8. “Permittee” shall mean the holder/signatory of a Permit issued in accordance with the rules and procedures in Articles IV and V herein.

  9. “Person” shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, organization, association or entity of any kind.

  10. “Public communication activity or activities” shall mean the posting or distributing of flyers, pamphlets, brochures, books or other written material, collecting petition signatures, political campaigning, demonstrating, displaying signs, picketing, unscheduled playing of musical instruments or other performances, public speaking, conducting surveys, soliciting or receiving of funds or contributions of any kind for any purpose, or otherwise communicating or attempting to communicate to the general public.

  11. “Public transportation services” shall include the definition of public transportation services in RCW 36.57A.010(8), together with vanpools and fixed route and paratransit services, whether operated by STA or any governmental agency, private person, firm or corporation contracting with STA pursuant to chapter 36.57A. RCW.

  12. “Rules of Conduct” shall mean the rules of conduct adopted by the Board of STA on May 24, 1995, and amended on November 27,1996, December 17,1997, July 24, 2002, February 25, 2004, April 19, 2007, October 15, 2009, March 17, 2010, and June 21, 2012, which regulate conduct occurring on STA Transit Vehicles, within or upon STA Facilities and Properties, and in connection with STA’s provision of public transportation services.  Unless otherwise provided herein, such definition shall include, collectively, Articles I through V.

  13. “Skywalk Level” shall mean the second floor of The Plaza, including any and all skywalk bridges connecting The Plaza to adjoining buildings. 

  14. “STA” shall mean Spokane Transit Authority, a Washington municipal corporation and Public Transportation Benefit Area (“PTBA”) organized and operating under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Washington.

  15. “STA employee” shall mean any part-time or full-time, temporary or regular, exempt or non-exempt, represented or non-represented person, including an intern or contracted party, who is compensated by STA for services by wages, salary, or other remuneration.

  16. “STA Facilities and Properties” shall mean all facilities, structures, schedule and news racks, kiosks, fare vending machines, cameras and camera components, bulletin and information boards, bus stop signs, lands, interest in lands, air rights over lands, and rights of way of all kinds that are owned, leased, held, or used by STA for the purpose of providing public transportation services, including, but not limited to, Park-and-Ride lots, transit centers, bus shelters, public streets and sidewalks that are used by the general public to board and alight Transit Vehicles. 

  17. “Street Level” shall mean the interior first floor of The Plaza and adjacent exterior zones where the general public boards and alights Transit Vehicles.  The interior Street Level is open for general public access/egress only when The Plaza services are operating or for authorized post-service period events.

  18. “Table Endorsement” shall mean a written endorsement that grants to a Permittee permission to use tables and chairs as part of their authorized activity, consistent with applicable rules and procedures in Article V herein.

  19. “The Plaza” shall mean the downtown Transit Center located at 701 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA 99201, consisting of the Lower Level, Street Level and Skywalk Level, as such levels are defined herein.

  20. “Transit Centers” shall mean locations where bus routes have a common terminus and facilities are provided to facilitate general public boarding and alighting of Transit Vehicles, including all physical improvements and landscaping, except that such definition shall not include The Plaza.

  21. “Transit-related activities” shall mean activities associated with the provision or support of STA public transportation services, the use of those services by the general public, or STA sales, promotion and maintenance activities in support of STA public transportation services.

  22. “Transit Vehicle” shall mean a municipal transit vehicle defined in RCW 46.04.355.

ARTICLE III. -- REGULATION OF CONDUCT

A. PROHIBITED CONDUCT

The following conduct is prohibited on STA Transit Vehicles, within or upon STA Facilities and Properties, and in connection with STA’s provision of public transportation services:

  1. Engaging in any conduct prohibited by RCW 9.91.025 or Spokane Municipal Code (SMC) 10.10.100; 
  2. Use of chewing tobacco except at a designated place; use of any nicotine or smoking device which causes any smoke, mist, vapor or the like to be emitted through its use, within twenty-five (25) feet of any STA transit vehicle, shelter, or other public transportation facility, or within twenty-five (25) feet of any entrance, window, or air intake opening of STA buildings; smoking or carrying a lighted or smoldering pipe, cigar, or cigarette within twenty-five (25) feet of any STA transit vehicle, shelter or other public transportation facility, or within twenty-five (25) feet of  any entrance, window, or air intake opening of STA buildings (RCW 9.91.025);
  3. Discarding litter other than in designated receptacles (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 10.10.100);
  4. Dumping or discarding, or both, any materials on transit property, including but not limited to hazardous substances and automotive fluids (RCW 9.91.025);
  5. Playing any radio, recorder, or other sound-producing equipment, except that nothing herein shall prohibit the use of such equipment when connected to earphones or an ear receiver that limits the sound to individual listeners or the use of communication devices by STA employees, STA contractors or public safety officers in the line of duty, or the use of private communication devices used to summon, notify, or communicate with other individuals (e.g., pagers, beepers or cellular telephones) (RCW 9.91.025);
  6. Spitting, expectorating, urinating, or defecating, except in the appropriate plumbing fixtures in restroom facilities (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 10.10.100);
  7. Carrying or having on their person any flammable liquid, explosive, acid, or other article or material likely to cause harm to others except that nothing herein shall prevent a person from carrying a cigarette, cigar, or pipe lighter or carrying a firearm or ammunition in a way that is not otherwise prohibited by law (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 10.10.100);
  8. Obstructing or impeding the flow of STA Transit Vehicles or passenger movement, hindering or preventing access to STA Transit Vehicles or property, including causing unreasonable delays in boarding or alighting, blocking or partially blocking an aisle or stairway with a package or object, reclining in more than one seat, or in any way interfering with or seriously disrupting the provision or use of transit services (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 10.10.100/ADA);
  9. Disturbing others by engaging in loud, raucous, unruly, aggressive, violent, harmful, or harassing behavior (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 10.10.100/ADA);
  10. Destroying, defacing, or otherwise damaging STA property or any signs, notices, or advertisements on transit property (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 10.10.100);
  11. Consuming an alcoholic beverage, or in possession of an open beverage container holding alcohol in any Transit Vehicle. Carrying any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance in any Transit Vehicle, unless otherwise authorized by law (RCW 46.61.519);
  12. Consuming an alcoholic beverage, or in possession of an open container of alcohol on STA Facilities and Properties, except where permitted to do so by virtue of possession of a valid state and/or local liquor license and authorized by STA (RCW 9.91.025);
  13. Carrying, exhibiting, displaying, or drawing any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons, unless otherwise authorized by law (RCW 9.41.270);
  14. Throwing an object at Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties, or at any person on STA Facilities and Properties or using a Transit Vehicle (RCW 9.91.025);
  15. Allowing any animal, including service animals, to occupy a seat on Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties, to run at large, to unreasonably disturb others, leave waste matter on STA Facilities and Properties, or interfere with transit-related activities.  Except for service animals, animals are allowed in STA Facilities and Properties or Transit Vehicles only if the animal is in a carrier designed specifically for animals, with absorbent material on the carrier floor;
  16. Roller-skating, rollerblading or skateboarding on STA Facilities and Properties (RCW 9.91.025/SMC 16.61.787);
  17. Riding bicycles, unicycles, mopeds and motorcycles, except where vehicle travel and access is permitted (SMC 16.61.787);
  18. Using STA Facilities and Properties for residential or commercial parking purposes except as authorized by STA or its designee;
  19. Operating, stopping, standing or parking a vehicle in any roadway or location restricted for use only by Transit Vehicles or otherwise restricted;
  20. Eating on Transit Vehicles or in prohibited areas of STA Facilities and Properties;  STA permits transportation and consumption of beverages on Transit Vehicles when the beverage is in a reusable, leak-proof container with a resealing lid;
  21. Using a public address system, loudspeaker or other sound amplifying device, except as authorized by STA or its designee (RCW 9.91.025);
  22. Sitting or lying on floors of Transit Vehicles, planters, handrails, stairs, counters, window sills, or any other area or fixture not specifically designed for seating purposes, or floors, sidewalks, asphalt, or other ground covering in or on STA Facilities and Properties;
  23. Sleeping, camping or storing personal property on benches and floors on or within Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties, unless otherwise authorized by law;
  24. Entering or remaining upon any nonpublic areas of STA Facilities and Properties, including, but not limited to, staging areas, work areas and equipment rooms, except when authorized by STA or its designee;
  25. Entering or remaining in an area marked as reserved for senior citizens or paratransit customers without proof of age or current paratransit ID card;
  26. Entering Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties without wearing a shirt and shoes or failing to maintain a level of personal hygiene that is not offensive to other customers;
  27. Engaging in commercial activities on STA Facilities or Properties or Transit Vehicles, except as such activities are authorized by STA or its designee in a written permit, license, concession contract, lease or other written authorization;
  28. Engaging in public communication activities on STA Facilities or Properties or Transit Vehicles, except as such activities are authorized by Articles IV and V herein;
  29. Engaging in any civic, cultural and other special event not included in the definitions of commercial or public communication activities in Article II herein, except as such activities are authorized by STA or its designee in a written permit, license, concession contract, lease or other written authorization;
  30. Committing any act which tends to create or incite, or creates or incites, an immediate breach of the peace, including, but not limited to (a) fighting, (b) racing, (c) obscene language or conduct tending to cause a breach of the peace, and (d) personally abusive epithets, or words or language of an offensive, disgusting or insulting nature, which epithets, words or language when addressed to the ordinary citizen are, as a matter of common knowledge, inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction of fear, anger or apprehension;
  31. Engaging in sexual activity with self or others while accessing or riding a  Transit Vehicle; or on STA Facilities or Properties;
  32. Engaging in gambling or any game of chance for the winning of money or anything of value (RCW 9.91.025) on STA Transit Vehicles or on STA Facilities or Properties;
  33. Use of Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties for nontransit-related activities, except as authorized by STA (RCW 9.91.025);
  34. Entering Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties when lacking the ability, because of illness, intoxication, or medication(s), to care for one’s self;
  35. Extending an object or a portion of one’s body through the door or window of a Transit Vehicle;
  36. Hanging or swinging on bars or stanchions, with feet off the floor, inside a Transit Vehicle or other STA Facilities and Properties; hanging onto or otherwise attaching oneself at any time to the exterior of a Transit Vehicle or other STA Facilities and Properties;
  37. Engaging in any physical sport activity on STA Facilities and Properties;
  38. Failing to pay the appropriate fare as required by STA, including failure to display proof of payment when requested to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment or failure to depart the bus or other mode of public transportation when requested to do so by a person designated to monitor fare payment (RCW 36.57A.230/RCW 9.91.025);
  39. Falsely representing oneself as eligible for a special or reduced fare or  using any permit or pass related to a Transit Vehicle by making a false representation of eligibility (RCW 9.91.025);
  40. Falsely claiming to be a transit operator, other transit employee, or volunteer; or through words, actions and/or the use of clothes, insignia or equipment resembling department-issued uniforms and equipment, creating a false impression that he or she is a transit operator, other transit employee, or volunteer (RCW 9.91.025);
  41. Refusing to allow proper securement of a wheelchair on Transit Vehicles;
  42. Refusing to use personal restraints/seatbelts on Transit Vehicles providing paratransit services, unless customer has previously provided STA with written notice of a statutory exemption from such use (RCW 46.61.688);
  43. Interfering or tampering with mobile data computers, camera components; fare boxes, or any other equipment on Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties (RCW 9.91.025);
  44. Exceeding the number of no shows allowed under the paratransit procedures for shared-ride service, provided that trips missed for reasons beyond the customer’s control shall not be counted as no shows;
  45. Impeding paratransit service through non-compliance with the procedures set forth in the Paratransit Rider’s Handbook;
  46. Violating an exclusion order issued pursuant to B.2 of Article III herein; (RCW 9A.52.070/080);
  47. Engaging in other conduct that is inconsistent with the intended use and purpose of Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities or Properties and refusing to obey the lawful commands of an agent of the transit authority or a peace officer to cease such conduct (RCW 9.911.025);
  48. Making hostile, harassing, threatening or nuisance telephone calls to STA employees, including but not limited to 509-328-RIDE(7433) or STA’s administrative, paratransit or operational system telephone numbers; and
  49. Violating any federal, state, or municipal civil and criminal laws.

B. ENFORCEMENT

1. Removal from STA Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties.

Any person engaging in prohibited conduct under the provisions of Article III may be refused entrance upon or ordered to leave STA Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties by a commissioned law enforcement official, STA personnel as authorized by the Chief Executive Officer of STA, or authorized personnel of a contracted service provider in accordance with the terms of the applicable service contract.  Failure to immediately comply with such a removal order may be grounds for prosecution for criminal trespass and/or unlawful transit conduct.

2. Exclusion from Service.

Except as provided in STA’s Code of Conduct (Article III, Section B (2)(d) - Immediate Refusal or Removal), STA employees shall not refuse service to anyone who has not been formally excluded from STA service pursuant to the application of STA’s Rules of Conduct or a court order.

(a) Basis for Exclusion.  Engaging in prohibited conduct under Article III shall be cause for excluding a person from the privilege of entering and using all or any part of Transit Vehicles, or STA Facilities and Properties for a period of time as determined by STA based on the conduct and circumstances leading to an exclusion.

(b) Notice Procedure.  The STA Chief Executive Officer, or his/her designee, shall give written notice by personal delivery or by mailing a copy by regular U.S. Mail addressed to the person’s last known address, to any person to be excluded from Transit Vehicles,  or STA Facilities and Properties.  The notice shall specify the reason for exclusion, places and duration of the exclusion, the effective date of the exclusion, the appeal process, and provide the person an opportunity to respond in person, by telephone or in writing, to the proposed action within five (5) calendar days of actual or constructive receipt of the notice by the person being excluded.

An exclusion shall commence on the sixth calendar day after actual or constructive receipt of the notice by the person being excluded, unless the person has timely requested an administrative review of the notice, in which case the STA Chief Executive Officer, or his/her designee, shall review the exclusion and shall render a written decision determining whether exclusion is warranted within five (5) calendar days from the date of the person’s request for review. Such written decision shall be delivered personally to the requesting person or delivered by mailing a copy by regular U.S. Mail, addressed to the person’s last known address.

If the STA Chief Executive Officer, or his/her designee, determines that exclusion is warranted, such exclusion shall commence and be effective upon actual or constructive receipt of the written decision by the person to be excluded.

(c) Constructive Notice.  Receipt of a notice is construed to have been accomplished if the person knew or reasonably should have known from the circumstances that he/she is excluded from Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties.  Receipt of a notice is also presumed to have been accomplished three (3) calendar days after the notice has been placed in the U.S. Mail.

(d) Immediate Refusal or Removal.  The notice procedure described in Article III, Section B 2(b), (c) above may be waived, if, in STA’s discretion, immediate conditions exist that pose safety or security risks, interfere with or impinge on the rights of others, impede the free flow of the general public, impede the orderly and efficient use of Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties, or otherwise interfere with or seriously disrupt STA’s transit related activities.  In such immediate conditions, persons engaging in prohibited conduct under the provisions of Article III may be immediately reseated, refused transportation, or removed from Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties. The notice and administrative review provisions of Article III, Section B 2(b) shall not be available to a person immediately refused transportation or removed from Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties for any period less than thirty (30) calendar days.

(e) Refusal to Comply.  The refusal to immediately comply with an order excluding a person from Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties shall be grounds for prosecution for criminal trespass.

(f) Length of Exclusion.  The following suggested exclusion lengths are guidelines to be used by STA in determining the duration of a particular exclusion under the provisions of Article III.  The actual exclusion period imposed may be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances of each case, and the circumstances that form the basis for determining the length of exclusion shall be stated in STA’s written report(s) of the incident(s) leading to exclusion.  Circumstances considered by STA in determining the length of exclusion may include, without limitation, the immediate incident, STA’s documented history of prior incidents involving the excluded person, STA security records, supervisor records and any other public records available to STA regarding the individual’s conduct while using or accessing Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties.

First Offense: 1-90 days

Second Offense: 91-180 days

Third Offense: 181-365 days

Each Subsequent Offense: 365 or more days

(g) Appeal Procedure.  The following appeal process shall be provided to any person excluded from Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties for a period of thirty (30) days or more.  Not later than ten (10) calendar days after commencement of the exclusion, an excluded person may appeal in writing to the STA Director of Operations, or his/her designee, for de novo review of the exclusion.  Commencement of the exclusion shall be defined as the date upon which the exclusion became effective and shall be determined by STA’s official records.  The appellant may request a hearing or may request review without a hearing based on a written statement setting forth the reasons why the exclusion is invalid or improper.  If the excluded person is unable to respond in written format, STA will make reasonable accommodation to allow due process.  If no hearing is requested, the STA Director of Operations, or his/her designee, shall render a written decision within twenty (20) calendar days after receipt of the appeal.

(h)  Hearing.  If a hearing is requested, the hearing shall be held within twenty (20) calendar days after receipt of the appeal, and a written decision shall be rendered within twenty (20) calendar days after the hearing.  Exclusions shall not be stayed during the appeal process, unless the exclusion is for missing scheduled trips under Article III, Section A., 26 herein.  If an appellant requires public transportation services to attend the hearing, the appellant shall contact the STA Director of Operations, or his/her designee,  five (5) business days prior to the hearing date, and STA shall make arrangements to provide the necessary public transportation services for the appellant.

3. Other Laws not Limited.

The enforcement of Article III herein is not intended to limit, in any manner, the enforcement of any applicable federal, state or municipal laws, provided STA is not authorized to assist a patron or employee in enforcing a court order prohibiting or restricting contact with any other person other than to notify appropriate law enforcement personnel via STA’s dispatcher or STA Security.

C. LIABILITY

Nothing in Article III herein shall create a duty to any person on the part of STA or form any basis for liability on the part of STA, its officers, agents or employees.  The obligation to comply with Article III is solely that of any person entering and using Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties and STA’s enforcement of Article III is discretionary, not mandatory.

ARTICLE IV. -- PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES AT STA TRANSIT VEHICLES, FACILITIES AND PROPERTIES OTHER THAN THE PLAZA

A. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

1. Non-Open Public Forums.

As a provider of public transportation services, STA makes a variety of Transit Vehicles and certain STA Facilities and Properties available to persons who use such public transportation services.  Although these Transit Vehicles and STA Facilities and Properties may be accessed by the general public, they are not open public forums either by nature or by designation.  They are intended to be used solely for transit-related activities and provide little, if any, space for other nontransit-related activities.

2. STA’s Legitimate Interests.

Most public communication activities are prohibited on Transit Vehicles and within or upon STA Facilities and Properties, regardless of viewpoint expressed, because they are incompatible with STA’s legitimate interests, including but not limited to:

(a) securing the use of scarce parking spaces and shelter space for persons who are using public transportation services;

(b) maintaining safe, clean and secure Transit Vehicles and STA Facilities and Properties to retain existing, and attract new, users of public transportation services;

(c) reducing litter pick-up and other maintenance or administrative expenses so as to maximize the provision of public transportation services; and

(d) preventing delays and inconvenience to the general public by minimizing congestion, and expediting their boarding, transferring, and alighting of Transit Vehicles.

3. Purpose of Article IV.

STA’s intent and desire is to allow members of the general public to engage in public communication activities on Transit Vehicles and within or upon STA Facilities and Properties to the extent such activities are compatible with STA’s legitimate proprietary functions and interests, but expressly does not hereby designate its Transit Vehicles or STA Facilities and Properties as public forums.  It is the purpose of Article IV to describe the limited extent to which the general public is allowed to engage in public communication activities on Transit Vehicles and within or upon STA Facilities and Properties.  Article IV does not apply to STA employees engaged in authorized activities in the course of their employment or to events or commercial activities previously authorized by STA.  Article IV does not apply to commercial advertising on or upon STA Facilities and Properties.

4. Facilities Governed by Article IV.

STA Transit Vehicles and STA Facilities and Properties, as defined herein, except the Plaza, are governed by Article IV.  The Plaza is governed by Article V herein.

B. REGULATION OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES

Persons engaging in public communication activities involving signs, boxes, receptacles, easels or other similar apparatus of any kind, must first obtain an STA Permit in accordance with the rules and procedures set forth in Article IV herein.  Otherwise, no permit will be required for public communications activities as otherwise provided herein.

STA personnel may require that any public communication activity not be conducted within ten feet of persons in transit vehicle queue lines, bus entrances or exits, or permanent waiting fixtures, unless invited closer by a transit patron. 

1. Limitations.

Public communication activities which are otherwise lawful are permitted on STA Transit Vehicles and within or upon STA Facilities and Properties, subject to the following exceptions and limitations:

(a) Posting or affixing flyers, pamphlets, brochures, leaflets, written or graphic material of any kind is prohibited.

(b) Selling or offering for sale or donation books, pamphlets, or any other written or printed material is prohibited.

(c) Soliciting funds is prohibited, provided that solicitation for donations for non-profit causes may be conducted under Article V within designated areas of The Plaza, and are otherwise subject to the Rules of Conduct and laws applicable to such fundraising. 

(d)Signs, banners, structures or other paraphernalia may not be affixed to or erected on STA Transit Vehicles and within or upon STA Facilities and Properties, except as authorized by STA or law.

(e)Signs carried by or on a person are permitted provided the signs are not constructed of a size or material which could inadvertently or intentionally cause injury to a person or property, except signs are not permitted on STA Transit Vehicles.  Signs may not be of a size that obstructs the free flow of the general public and may not exceed 32 inches by 32 inches.  A “sandwich board” sign may not extend beyond the carrier’s shoulders or, if used by a Permittee, beyond the permitted area. 

(f) Public communication activities will not be permitted in parking areas, Park-and Ride lots, or roadways.  Public communication activities may not block any loading zone, signage, stairway, escalator, elevator, customer service counter, ticket or automatic teller machine, authorized commercial activity, any fire safety system component, telephone, information board or the normal general public paths to and from such areas.

(g) Public communication activities otherwise permitted under Article IV are prohibited if the number of persons engaged in the activities, their location or their manner of conducting the activities is found to create safety or security problems, interfere with the free flow of persons onto STA Transit Vehicles, or into, within or from STA Facilities and Properties; or interfere with the operation of such Transit Vehicles, Facilities and Properties, or STA’s provision of public transportation services.

(h) Persons engaged in public communication activities within or upon STA Facilities and Properties shall not use any parking spaces provided at such Facilities and Properties unless they are also using STA’s public transportation services.

C. GENERAL

1. Liability for Clean-up.

Any person engaged in public communication activities and found responsible for litter, damages or destruction of STA Transit Vehicle and within or around STA Facilities and Properties, whether by accident or intent, shall be responsible for the clean-up and/or liable for the cost of repairing or replacing the property.

2. Liability of STA.

Nothing in Article IV or in the permission of public communication activities on STA Transit Vehicles and within or upon STA Facilities and Properties shall create a duty to any person on the part of STA or form any basis for liability on the part of STA, the members of the Board, its agents or employees.  The obligation to comply with the requirements of Article IV is solely that of any persons engaging in public communication activities and STA’s enforcement of Article IV is discretionary, not mandatory.

3. Non-STA Uses.

Notwithstanding the limitations and prohibitions contained in Article IV, STA reserves the right to enter into leases or other use agreements permitting non-STA uses of STA Transit Vehicles and STA Facilities and Properties that are found to be compatible with STA’s proprietary functions and interests.

ARTICLE V. -- PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES: THE PLAZA

A. INTRODUCTION

1. Purpose of The Plaza.

The Plaza, including, but not limited to the Lower Level, Street Level and Skywalk Level, is first and foremost intended for STA public transportation services and the use of those services by the general public.  Safe and efficient movement of STA Transit Vehicles and customers within and upon The Plaza is paramount to achieving safety, security, maintenance and operation objectives and meeting general public expectations concerning The Plaza and STA’s provision of public transportation services.  Selected areas of The Plaza may accommodate public communication activities unrelated to the provision of public transportation services at the discretion of STA. To the extent public communication activities can be accommodated at The Plaza, the rules and procedures stated in this Article V shall apply.

2. Purpose of Article V.

The Plaza is primarily intended for persons making use of public transportation services, although many of the areas of The Plaza are also open to the general public and patrons of the commercial establishments located in The Plaza.

The public areas of The Plaza include the Street and Skywalk Levels.  With respect to these public areas, STA is, within reasonable limits, authorized to regulate the time, place, and manner in which persons conduct themselves.

Without regard to content, individuals or groups involved, some activities might be denied altogether or made subject to the Rules of Conduct.  Such activities would include, but are not necessarily limited to, those that are inconsistent with the intended purpose of a given area, pose safety or security risks, interfere with or impinge on the rights of others, impede the free flow of the general public, affect the orderly and efficient use of The Plaza, or otherwise interfere with STA’s public transportation services, operations and maintenance activities. 

Accordingly, the express purpose of Article V is to accommodate freedom of expression and maintain the operational function of The Plaza as a Transit Center.  Article V should be construed and interpreted to achieve that end.

B. RULES AND PROCEDURES

1. STA Intent.

It is the intent of STA to accommodate, to the extent practicable, public communication activities that are not associated with the purposes for which The Plaza was intended.  While attempting to accommodate such activities, STA must extend some control over them to achieve the goals and objectives described above.  Accordingly, persons will be allowed to engage in public communication activities within The Plaza, provided such activities are conducted in accordance with the following rules and procedures, as applicable, and are not in violation of the Rules of Conduct and existing laws.

2. Public Communication Activities.

(a) Permit.  Persons engaging in public communication activities at The Plaza must first obtain a Permit from STA.  Provided, that persons engaging in  public communication activities not involving signs, boxes, receptacles, easels or other similar apparatus of any kind, on the sidewalks surrounding The Plaza may do so without obtaining a Permit in accordance with the rules and procedures set forth in this Article V. STA personnel may require that such activity not be conducted within ten feet of persons in sidewalk queue lines, bus exits or permanent waiting fixtures unless invited closer by a transit patron.

(b) Application for Permit.  Any person that desires to obtain a Permit shall submit an application (“Application”) to STA’s Director of Operations or his/her designee.  A copy of the form of the Application is attached hereto as “Appendix 1” and by this reference is incorporated herein.  Applications may be obtained in-person, Monday - Friday (except holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., from STA’s Business Office, 1230 W. Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201, or The Plaza Bus Shop, 701 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.

(c) Issuance of Permit.  Within a period of no more than two (2) business days of receipt of a completed Application, a Permit shall be issued by STA’s Director of Operations or his/her designee, or the applicant shall be furnished a written statement setting forth the reason why the Application for a Permit has been denied.  A Permit will not be issued more than seven (7) calendar days prior to the commencement of intended use and will be valid only for the specific dates, times and designated areas identified on the Permit.  A Permit shall be effective for a period of no longer than seven (7) calendar days and will be limited to the normal hours and days that the designated area(s) identified on the Permit is open for public access.  No Permit shall be issued for more than five (5) hours in each seven (7) calendar days for any individual or group.  Applications shall be processed in the order of their receipt.

(1) A Permit may be renewed prior to its expiration for up to seven (7) additional calendar days by filing with STA’s Director of Operations or his/her designee, a notice that the Permittee intends to continue his/her activity, together with any amendments necessary to keep the information required by the Application current and accurate.  A Permit shall not be renewed if the notice and information herein required are not timely filed or if the continued presence of the Permittee cannot be accommodated under the rules and procedures in this Article V.

(2) Permittees will be required to have the Permit on their person (or with group) when engaged in their activity.  A copy of the form of the Permit is attached hereto as “Appendix 2” and by this reference is incorporated herein.

(d) Areas of Permit Exercise.  Permitted public communication activities, as defined in Article II herein, are permitted in certain designated places in the Street and Skywalk Levels of The Plaza, which are shaded and identified on “Appendix 3” attached hereto and by this reference incorporated herein.

(e) Denial of Permit.  If a Permit is denied, STA’s Director of Operations or his/her designee shall serve on the applicant personally or by regular U.S. Mail, return receipt requested, a written statement of reasons for denial.  A Permit shall not be denied unless:

(1) The applicant has not furnished the information required by the Application, or has failed to agree to the conditions of the Permit;

(2) The applicant is subject to: (i) an exclusion order issued to the applicant or participant pursuant to Article III herein; (ii) a revocation of a previous permit issued to the applicant; or (iii) a failure to comply with the terms and conditions of a permit previously issued to the applicant;

(3) The nature of the activity that the applicant wishes to conduct constitutes a commercial activity as defined in Article III herein and is subject to other requirements of STA;

(4) Emergency conditions exist that make the applicant’s proposed activity at the date, time and location proposed by the applicant incompatible with the operational function of The Plaza; or

(5) More applicants than herein provided for have requested permitted activities for the same date, time and location and the applicant is not entitled to priority in accordance with the rules and procedures in this Article V.

(6) Where feasible, the Director or his/her designee may propose measures for curing any defect in the application for a permit. 

(f) Revocation of Permit.  A Permit shall be revoked immediately by STA’s Director of Operations or his/her designee when evidence exists that:

(1) A Permittee has violated the provisions of the Rules of Conduct, has been duly warned of the violation at least once, but has not complied; or

(2) The activity has attracted a crowd of sufficient size so as to begin to adversely impact the safety, security or rights of others, the free flow of the general public, or the normal operation requirements of The Plaza.  Under this circumstance, the Permit may be returned for use if the crowd disperses and the adverse conditions that existed at the time of revocation are no longer present.

(g) Notice of Revocation.

(1) Notice of revocation shall be in writing supported by a statement of facts and a list of witnesses to the facts stated, and the notice shall be personally served upon the Permittee or mailed to the Permittee by certified mail, return receipt requested.  A notice of revocation need not be in writing, if immediate conditions exist that pose safety or security risks, interfere with or impinge on the rights of others, impede the free flow of the general public, affect the orderly and efficient use of The Plaza, or otherwise interfere with STA’s public transportation services, operations and maintenance activities.  If written notice of revocation is not given because of such immediate conditions, the STA Director of Operations or his/her designee shall within one (1) calendar day from the date of revocation, prepare a written notice of revocation as required above.

(2) Once a Permit has been revoked, a person shall not continue their activity until another Permit has been obtained or the revoked Permit returned by the STA Director of Operations or his/her designee.  If the Permit has been revoked on a permanent basis, all materials involved in the terminated activity must be removed immediately, by the individual(s) involved.

(h) Appeal from Denial or Revocation.

(1) Upon notification of the denial of a Permit, or revocation thereof, an applicant or Permittee may file with STA’s Chief Executive Officer a notice of appeal.

(2) Upon receipt of the notice of appeal, the matter shall be set for a hearing before STA’s Chief Executive Officer within ten (10) calendar days and STA shall issue a notice of hearing which shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the applicant or Permittee, and which shall contain the date, time and place of the hearing.

(3) At the hearing, the applicant or Permittee may be represented by legal counsel.  Testimony shall be taken upon oath or affirmation first of witnesses in support of the denial or revocation of the Permit.  The applicant or Permittee may testify and present witnesses on his behalf.  A record shall be made of the proceeding and kept on file with STA.

(4) The findings and order of STA’s Chief Executive Officer  shall, within seven (7) calendar days of the conclusion of the hearing, be forthwith sent to the applicant or Permittee by certified mail, return receipt requested.

(5) An applicant denied a Permit may immediately appeal the order of STA’s Chief Executive Officer to any court with jurisdiction.  Filing an appeal stays the order of STA’s Chief Executive Officer until a final judicial decision has been rendered.  A denied applicant who desires to file an appeal shall have seven (7) calendar days from the date the applicant receives the order to file such appeal before the order becomes final.

(i) Availability of and Limit Upon Permits.

(1) Permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability.  If more persons are requesting issuance of Permits than can be accommodated for the area, date and time requested, STA’s Director of Operations or his/her designee shall give preference to the applicant or applicants who have had the least opportunity during the preceding thirty (30) calendar days to conduct public communication activities.  Permits shall be issued without regard to the identity of the person or cause for which the Permit is being requested.

(2) For safety and security reasons, to ensure that the free flow of the general public and the intended transportation functions of The Plaza are met, and to accommodate other activities competing for the limited available space, a maximum of four (4) individuals, representing the same groups or causes, will be allowed to engage in public communication activities at each of the designated areas in the Street or Skywalk Levels of The Plaza at any given time.

(j) Table Endorsement.  Persons requesting a Permit to engage in public communication activities may, at their option, indicate a desire to use tables and chairs to store, display, and distribute materials in conjunction with their activity.  Permits requiring the use of a table or other furniture will be annotated by a “Table Endorsement.”  Subject to the availability of space, no more than two (2) tables will be permitted at each designated area in the interior Street or Skywalk Levels. Table Endorsements will not be issued for use on the sidewalks surrounding The Plaza. Tables may only be used in accordance with the following conditions:

(1) Only tables/chairs supplied by STA are permissible.  STA provides tables/chairs for a charge based on commercial rental of similar equipment in Spokane.  The table/chairs will be set up and dismantled by STA staff.  A table must be attended at all times, unless the Permittee is physically present within the area and can maintain sight of the table at all times.

(2) Materials must be stored on top of or beneath each table.  Under no circumstances may the table, chair, stored articles or person(s) staffing the table obstruct the free flow of persons moving within or through The Plaza.

(3) Signs, leaflets or other materials may be affixed to the table.  No signs, leaflets or other materials may be posted to or erected within The Plaza unless space has otherwise been provided for such use.

(4) STA will not be held responsible for damage to or loss of any materials under or upon the table.

(k) Transferability.  Upon written approval by STA’s Director of Operations, a Permit may be transferred to another person engaged in the same activity; provided the receiving party complies with the conditions of the Permit and retains it on his/her person during the activity.

(l) Reproduction.  Permits may not be reproduced or altered in any manner.  Reproduced or altered Permits will be considered invalid and confiscated.  The holder of the invalid Permit will be required to cease their activity until a valid Permit is obtained.

(m) Signs, Banners, Literature, Etc.  Signs, banners, literature, leaflets, posters, structures or other paraphernalia may not be affixed to The Plaza or any property in The Plaza or erected in conjunction with an activity, unless space has otherwise been provided for such purpose at The Plaza or under provisions stated elsewhere in Article V. Signs carried by or on a person are permitted provided the signs are not constructed of materials which could inadvertently or intentionally cause injury to another individual.  Signs must not be of a size that obstructs the free flow of the general public (e.g., a maximum of 32 inches by 32 inches or a “sandwich board” worn by an individual which does not extend beyond the carrier’s shoulders is acceptable).  Permittees may offer literature to the general public, but shall refrain from attempting to distribute literature to any member of the general public who indicates he or she does not desire to receive said literature.

(n) Responsibility for Clean-up.  The Permittee shall be responsible for cleaning up litter that they personally (or as a group) generate in the course of their activity.  If, at the end of the Permittee’s activity, the Permittee fails to clean up such litter, STA shall cause the clean up of the Permittee’s litter and the Permittee shall reimburse STA for all costs incurred therefore.

(o) Unattended Distribution and Storage of Materials.  No Permittee shall leave unattended, for distribution, storage or any other purpose, any materials, placards, boxes, or other supplies used in support of public communication activities.

(p) Liability for Damaging Property.  Any person or organization engaged in public communication activities and found responsible for damaging, injuring, or destroying STA property within or upon The Plaza, whether by accident or intent, shall be liable for the cost of replacing and/or repairing such property.

(q) Hold Harmless.  Any Permittee, including Permittee’s personal representatives, successors in interest, and assigns, shall, as a precondition to the issuance of the Permit, agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless STA, and its officers, agents and employees from all suits, claims, actions and damages of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of or resulting from the Permittee’s use of the premises, except to the extent caused by the negligence of STA and its officers, agents and employees.  Permittee shall further covenant and agree to specifically assume potential liability for actions brought by Permittee’s own employees against STA and its officers, agents and employees and, for that purpose only, Permittee specifically waives any immunity under the Workers’ Compensation Act, Title 51 RCW; provided, however, that said waiver shall not apply to such actions in which Permittee’s employee alleges that the claim arises through the fault of STA and its officers, agents and employees and through no fault of Permittee, unless the fault of Permittee is established through discovery or at trial.

(r) Interaction with the General Public.  STA and its officers, agents and employees, shall not unnecessarily interfere with any consensual conversation between Permittees and members of the general public.  Permittees shall forthwith terminate any conversation with any member of the general public when requested to do so by the addressee.  No person, while engaged in public communication activities, shall physically touch or contact a member of the general public, unless the person has previously consented to the contact or unless the person has previously agreed to contribute to the Permittee or the organization which he represents.

(s) Misrepresentations.  No person while engaging in solicitation of funds shall misrepresent the true purposes for which the resources thus obtained will be utilized by the person.  In the solicitation of funds, the person shall inform the person being solicited of the true intent of the organization for which said funds are solicited.  No false, fraudulent, or misleading statements or representations shall be made.

(t) Permits and Licenses.  The Permittee shall be responsible for obtaining all necessary permits and licenses from any other regulatory agencies required for the Permittee’s use of The Plaza.  Permittee shall provide copies of said permits to STA upon its request.

(u) Compliance with the Rules of Conduct and Laws.  Permittees shall abide by the Rules of Conduct and all state, federal and municipal criminal and civil laws applicable to them.

September 2010 Service Reductions Preliminary Proposal

September 2010 Service Reductions
Spokane Transit has recommended several service reductions and route modifications in order to reduce operating costs. This action is being taken in response to a significant decline in local sales tax revenue, STA’s primary funding source. If approved, the proposed service changes will go into effect in September, 2010. The Draft Recommendations have been developed following extensive public input on a preliminary proposal released to the public in February,
The information below represents the original preliminary proposal presented to the STA Board of Directors in February 2010. This information remains accessible for reference only. Since that time, STA has developed a Draft Recommendation that is different from the information below and has presented the recommendation to the STA Board of Directors. To find out more about the Draft Recommendation, click here.

For nearly two years, Spokane Transit’s primary source of operating revenue, a locally imposed sales tax, has been in decline, reducing the agency’s ability to maintain its current level of service to the Public Transportation Benefit Area. Although transit ridership has seen strong growth over the last several years, increased revenue from fares alone cannot make up for the budget shortfall caused by the decline in sales tax revenue. Like most of its peer agencies, STA is faced with cutting service as one response toward helping the agency realize fiscal sustainability during these challenging times. For Spokane Transit, this means returning to 2004 service levels and jeopardizing much or all of the 45% ridership increase it enjoyed over the past few years.
    As part of its 2010 Budget, the STA Board of Directors identified a service reduction strategy that would allow cuts to take place over several years, helping to ensure reductions are made strategically with allowance for new revenues that could help avoid the full effect of cuts. In total, the cuts required between 2010 and 2012 approximate a 16% reduction in fixed-route operations in order to maintain a sustainable service through 2015. The graph below illustrates the gap between what was once expected and where the system must go in terms of hours of fixed-route service provided.

Beginning Fall 2009, the Spokane Transit Planning Department analyzed routes, trips and schedules that could be discontinued, reduced or modified. The Fixed-Route Service Design Guidelines adopted by the Board in December 2009 acted as a handbook for this analysis (this document can be viewed here). There were three primary considerations for this analysis effort:

Paratransit Services

Paratransit is a wheelchair-accessible shared-ride transportation service for individuals whose disability prevents them from using the regular fixed route buses. This means that a person must be unable, because of a disability, to get to or from the bus stop, get on or off a lift or ramp equipped bus, or successfully travel by bus to or from their destination.
    The Paratransit service area is comparable to the area served by the regular, fixed-route bus system. Paratransit is operated in the same service area and the same service hours and conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The service area is a corridor with a width that extends ¾ of a mile on each side of and around each fixed route.

Decision-Making Process

STA has been seeking input from the public on the preliminary proposal. Input was gathered through the online survey and targeted meetings with affected neighborhoods and institutions. Staff will consider input in preparing a draft recommendation for the STA Board that will be available to the public no later than April 22, 2010. A public hearing will be held May 19, 2010, with board action on a final recommendation from staff expected no later than the June 16, 2010, STA Board meeting. Please take time to review the information below to understand how the preliminary proposal may affect the routes you use.

Summary of Proposed Changes

 CLARIFYING NOTE: The proposal would increase the hours of service of Route 66 on weekdays to run from about 5:30 am to 11:00 pm. Hours of service on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be generally consistent with the current service hours of the Route 65.

Route Eliminations

 

Maps

To view a map of the Route 35 changes, click here.

To view a map of the Route 47 changes, click here.

 

Trip and Frequency Reduction

 

Maps

To view a map of the Route 20/33 changes, click here.

To view a map of the Route 23 changes, click here.

Maps

To view a map of the Route 27 changes, click here.

To view a map of the Route 44 changes, click here.

Map

To view a map of the Route 44 and 33 changes, click here.

 

Trip and Frequency Restructures

Maps

To view a map of the Route 2 changes, click here.

To view a map of the Route 29 and 31 changes, click here.

CLARIFYING NOTE: The proposal would increase the hours of service of Route 66 on weekdays to run from about 5:30 am to 11:00 pm. Hours of service on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be generally consistent with the current service hours of the Route 65.

Map

To view a map of the Route 65 and 66 changes, click here.

Map

To view a map of the Route 91 changes, click here.

To view a copy of the Service Change Proposal presentation given to the STA Board of Directors, click here.

To view the complete Preliminary Proposal as presented to the STA Board of Directors, click here.

Comprehensive Plan

Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation is Spokane Transit’s plan that sets forth a vision and policy framework, guiding decisions made by STA’s Board of Directors, its staff and partnering agencies that will further Spokane Transit’s mission and vision for at least the next 30 years. Originally adopted by the STA Board of directors on July 21, 2010 and most recently revised on December 19, 2013, this document is a guiding policy document, an educational tool, and a description of what transit may start to look like throughout the Spokane Region over the coming decades. Please take an opportunity to read through the plan and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or thoughts.http://www.spokanetransit.com/files/content/Connect_Spokane_2Nov2013_Draft_(2).pdfConnect Spokane

Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation is Spokane Transit’s plan that sets forth a vision and policy framework, guiding decisions made by STA’s Board of Directors, its staff and partnering agencies that will further Spokane Transit’s mission and vision for at least the next 30 years. Originally adopted by the STA Board of directors on July 21, 2010, and most recently revised on May 22, 2014, this document is a guiding policy document, an educational tool, and a description of what transit may start to look like throughout the Spokane Region over the coming decades. Please take an opportunity to read through the plan and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or thoughts.

Please click on the link below to view the final board adopted version of the plan.

Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation

Please click on the links below to view background information on STA's Comprehensive Plan, CONNECT SPOKANE.

Click here to take a survey and leave comments about STA's Comprehensive Plan.

Summer Construction Projects to Cause Detours

STA will have to detour some routes as construction projects throughout the region get underway.

Look for Rider Alerts on the Routes listing page and information relating to your specific route(s) in the right hand column of the each Route and Schedules page. 

#27 Hillyard
DATE UNKNOWN: A rebuild of east Francis from Market to Division will occur in three phases. The first phase will not affect the route but the last two will force the #27 Hillyard to detour. The detour will change as the project switches from Phase 2 to Phase 3. Other routes in the area such as the #25 Division and #26/28 Lidgerwood/Nevada may also have minor detours because of this project.

#43 Lincoln/37th Ave & #44 29th Ave
LATE JUNE/EARLY JULY: A rebuild of 29th Ave from Grand to High Drive will occur in two phases. The first phase will force the #44 29th Ave route to detour but the second phase will require detours to occur on both the #43 Lincoln/37th Ave & the #44 29th Ave routes.  

#97 South Valley
DATE UNKNOWN: A rebuild of Evergreen from 16th to 32nd will close traffic and require the #97 South Valley route to detour. The anticipated detour route will use Hwy 27/Pines between 16th and 32nd.

#124 North Express
LATE MAY: A roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Mill Rd. and Waikiki Rd. forcing the intersection to close from June to August. Look for Rider Alerts or subscribe to our Facebook, Twitter or text messaging feeds for specific detour notices as they become available

2012 Regional Road Construction Projects Map

Union Representation

Spokane Transit employs more than 500 people, many of whom are represented by one of three bargaining units.

 

Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1015

This is the largest union and represents about 320 fixed route (bus) drivers, mechanics, facilities crew, servicers, cleaners, and some clerical positions. Online at www.atu1015.org

 

AFSCME, Local 3939

This union represents about 75 paratransit drivers and paratransit clerical and technical positions. Online at www.afscme.org

 

Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1598

This is the smallest of all three unions. It represents the 19 operational supervisors/dispatchers in the fixed route and paratransit divisions. Online at www.atu.org

2008 Public Meetings Archive

Below are the Spokane Transit Board of Directors and each of STA's committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for 2008.


 

Spokane Transit Board of Directors

 

2008 Meeting

Schedule

Meeting Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 17 Agenda Minutes
February 21 Agenda Minutes
March 20 Agenda Minutes
April 17

Agenda

Minutes
May 15 Agenda Minutes
June 12 Agenda Minutes
July 17 Agenda Minutes
August/No Meeting NA NA
September 18 Agenda Minutes

October 1

(Board Budget Workshop)

Agenda Minutes

November 5

(Board Budget Workshop)

Agenda Minutes
October 16 Agenda Minutes
November 20 Agenda Minutes
December 18 CANCELLED NA
December 19 Agenda Minutes

 


 

Citizens Advisory Committee

 

2008 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 9 Agenda Minutes
February 13 (special meeting) Agenda Minutes w/Presentations
February 25 Agenda NA
March 12 Agenda Minutes
April 9 Agenda Minutes
May 14 Agenda Minutes
June 11 Agenda Minutes
July 9 Cancelled NA
August/No Meeting NA NA
September 10/Public Forum NA NA
October 8 Agenda Minutes
November 12 Agenda Minutes
December 10 Agenda Minutes

 

Operations and Customer Service Committee

 

2008 Meeting Schedule

Agenda

Approved Minutes

January 9 Agenda Minutes
February 6 Agenda Minutes
March 5 Agenda Minutes
April 2 Agenda Minutes
May 7 Agenda Minutes
June 4 Agenda Minutes
July 2 Agenda Minutes
August/No Meeting NA NA
September 3 Agenda Minutes
October 1 Agenda Minutes
November 5 Agenda Minutes
December 3 Agenda Minutes


 

Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the STA Web site and reviewing our Privacy Policy. Your privacy is one of our top priorities. We view this Privacy Policy as a privacy partnership between the STA and you, our valued customer. The following policy applies only to the use of the STA's Web site. Other Web sites operated have different policies. We strongly suggest that you read the privacy policies for each Web site that you visit, and any external site that you visit through a link appearing at this site.


We seek to protect your privacy to the maximum extent possible. However, because some of the information that we receive through this Web site is subject to the Washington State Public Records Law, and due to the nature of Internet communications, we cannot ensure absolute privacy. Information that you provide to us through this site may be made available to members of the public under that law. This Privacy Policy is designed to explain the specific privacy protections we provide to you at our Web site. This policy informs you of the information that we collect from you at this site, what we do with it, to whom it may be disseminated, and how you can access it. Based on this information, you can make an informed choice about your use of this site. You can maximize the benefits of your privacy partnership with the STA by making informed choices about whether to share personally identifiable information with us through this site.


Acceptance of this Privacy Policy

By using this website you agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. Without limitation of the foregoing, you understand and agree that (1) the information collected by STA may be stored indefinitely, (2) STA may store, access and use the information in any jurisdiction, including jurisdictions in which the privacy laws may be different and less protective than those in your home jurisdiction and (3) STA will not share any information submitted to this site with any other organization or individual. Please do not use this website if you do not agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy.


Changes to this Privacy Policy

STA reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time but will not do so without posting the modified Privacy Policy on our website. We encourage you to review our privacy policy whenever you visit our website to make sure you understand how your information will be used.

What information does STA automatically collect about you and how is it used? When you visit our website, we automatically collect some basic information about your computer as part of the software operation of our website. The type of information we collect includes:

We may use this information to compile statistics for the purpose of understanding the number of daily visitors, type and number of passes sold, the pages most frequently visited and how long visitors stay at each page. These aggregated statistics are used to help us to understand the needs of our users and to develop and continually improve our products and services to better serve those needs. We may also share this information in the aggregate with other third parties.

What are "Cookies" and how does STA use them?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to your computer from the server(s) hosting STA’s site and saved on your computer's hard drive. Cookies allow STA to personalize your experience on our website to make your experience more useful by enabling you to conveniently navigate around our website. We use cookies to track registration and transactional information regarding use of our website. Most browsers are initially set to accept cookies. If you prefer not to have cookies placed on your computer, most browsers allow you to decline cookies. However, if you do so, some of the conveniences they make possible may not be available, and certain portions of our website may not be accessible to you.


What information does STA request you provide and how is that information used?

When you place a request for a trip or other product or service on our website, STA asks you to provide certain personal information. The types of personal information STA collects include the following: your first and last name, telephone number, postal address, email address. We will also ask for credit card information from you in connection with purchases you may make through our website. This information is used to process any orders placed by you on the website, to customize our website and to understand the needs of our users so that we may better serve you better. When you indicate that you want to purchase a pass through the STA website, we will provide your order information to our Customer Service staff for processing. We do not sell or rent your personal information to others. We may provide to certain third parties aggregate statistics about our sales, products and services purchased though our web. This data will not contain any personally identifying information about you.

STA reserves the right to disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is reasonably necessary to (1) comply with legal process; (2) respond to any claims; or (3) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of STA and our customers.


How You Can Opt Out

If, at any time, you wish to have your name and other personal information removed from our database, please let us know by writing to us at STA, West 1230 Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA, 99201, Attention: Customer Service.


How is your personal information stored and protected?

The personal information you provide when you purchase any merchandise through our website is retained indefinitely by STA and electronically stored in secure environments that are made as inaccessible to the public as is reasonably possible. When you place orders or access your account information, we offer the use of a secure server. You may review, update or correct your personal information at any time by writing to us at STA, West 1230 Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA, 99201, Attention: Customer Service.


Links to Other Websites

Links from our website are provided for your convenience only. STA is not responsible for the content of any third party website or the privacy practices of such third parties. In addition, any link from our website to another website does not indicate that STA endorses the services or policies of such third party website. You should always investigate the information practices of all websites that you access and carefully examine the privacy policies, if any, of any websites appearing on or linking to or from our website. Personal information collected from the linked websites will be subject to the information practices of those websites.


Use of this Website by Minors

STA does not intend to collect information from individuals who identify themselves as under eighteen (18) years of age. If you are under eighteen (18), you should not provide information on this website and should ask your parent or authorized guardian to do so for you. STA will not collect information from those individuals who identify themselves as less than eighteen (18) years of age without verifiable consent from a parent or other authorized guardian. Credit card transactions initiated by minors are governed by your cardholder agreement.


Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Policy or how your personal information is used, please write to us at STA, West 1230 Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA, 99201, Attention: Customer Service.


Does STA share the information with anyone?

Unless a user consents to such distribution, STA will not sell, lease, or give away personally identifiable information to other governments, organizations, or private businesses within the limits of the law.

 

It’s important to know the law, as state and federal laws place a special burden on public entities such as STA to assure the public’s right to access public records and information. Public information (as opposed to private information) involves information about activity that is regulated. For example, in purchasing a birth certificate online, a person’s name and birth date is public information (because births are regulated by the state), but the fact that you bought it with a certain credit-card number is not (because means of purchasing is not regulated). Furthermore, public information would include correspondence with other agencies, including e-mails and website comments about shared processes, policies, activities and other types of general correspondence. However, certain subjects fall under exemptions of the state's public disclosure act, including employee benefit questions, welfare information, and other types of client-specific data.

For details, see Revised Code of Washington 42.56.070, Documents and indexes to be made public," and the federal "Freedom of Information Act."

 

Outside of legal requirements and extreme emergencies, information on the STA website will not be released to anyone without the consent of the user.


Disclaimer Notice

The Spokane Transit Authority (STA) makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, currency, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in its contents. In the event of a conflict between this Privacy Policy and the Public Records Act or other law governing the disclosure of records, the Public Records Act or other applicable law will control.


No warranty of any kind, implied, express or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to this website or its links to other Internet resources. Although we have put in place security systems (as described in this Policy) that are designed to prevent unauthorized disclosure of your personally identifiable information, due to the nature of Internet technologies we cannot provide firm assurances as to the security of this information, and expressly disclaim any such obligation.


Site Privileges

You agree to refrain from activity that imposes an unreasonable burden on the Site, and we reserve the right, in our discretion, to limit the order quantity on any item and /or to refuse service to any customer who violates these provisions.


Choice of Law and Jurisdiction

This Site is controlled and operated by the STA from its location in Spokane, Washington. This Policy shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to any conflict of law provisions. Any dispute arising under this Policy shall be resolved exclusively by the state or federal courts sitting in Spokane County, Washington.

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