Community votes for improved and expanded transit services
Proposition 1 approved – Spokane Transit to begin implementing 10-year plan for more and better transit
Spokane, WA – Voters within Spokane’s Public Transportation Benefit Area (PTBA) have approved Proposition 1 to fund Spokane Transit’s (STA) 10-year plan to maintain, improve and expand public transit service as the region grows. This will be the first significant service expansion since the agency was created in 1981.
New revenue from the local sales tax rate increase (0.1% increase effective April 1, 2017, and a second 0.1% effective April 1, 2019) enables STA to increase overall service by 25% throughout the region. More than 25 projects will expand to reach new areas, provide more trips along major corridors, improve customer amenities, and reduce overall travel times.
“This approval demonstrates the value our community sees in public transit to get people to jobs, school, healthcare and other services, as well as an important tool in managing impacts from regional population growth,” said STA Board Chair and Spokane County Commissioner, Al French. “I’m proud of all the steps this region is taking to maintain our community character and quality of life, and I’m grateful that a stronger transit system is now on that list.”
Projects starting in 2017
STA will begin implementing the first of the new projects in May 2017 – about one month after the first 0.1% rate increase takes effect. The list of those projects includes:
- Later night service on Saturdays throughout the transit system
- Service on East Indiana between Spokane Valley Mall and Greenacres
- Night and weekend service on North Nevada
- Increased weekend frequency in Airway Heights
A public hearing on the May 2017 Service Revisions – Draft Recommendation will be held to receive public testimony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2016, in the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1230 W. Boone Ave, Spokane, Washington, 99201. More information on the public hearing can be found here.
Other 2017 milestones related to the 10-year plan include:
- Submitting the federal Small Starts grant application for the Central City Line and continuing the public design process
- Breaking ground on the West Plains Transit Center near I-90 exit 272
- Beginning the design process for high frequency routes to Cheney and along the Monroe and Regal corridors
Stay informed on the plan’s progress
STA’s CEO, E. Susan Meyer, says establishing a process for how the agency will communicate project and agency updates throughout the course of the plan’s implementation is underway.
“Aside from our ongoing commitment to good quality and efficient transit service, we’ll now begin layering in these new projects and encouraging the community members to track our progress and provide input along the way,” Meyer said. “Earning and maintaining the public’s trust is always one of our top priorities, so we’re starting now to make sure people are well-informed about how we’re managing resources and keeping these projects on track.”
A full list of the STA Moving Forward projects, including timelines and individual project details, can be found at www.STAMovingForward.com.