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Low Income Pass Subsidy

Program Description:

Spokane Transit Authority invites nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, private for-profit businesses, and other community and social organizations to submit proposals to administer an 18-month pilot Low Income Pass Subsidy Program.

The Program is intended to provide free or reduced cost transit passes to low income individuals and families who:

  • Have yearly income from all sources fall below an established low-income level;
  • Are or have been engaged in services of the partner agency/ies (e.g., an enrolled or otherwise engaged client);
  • Are willing and able to self-attest as to income, or the partner agency/ies can attest as to income;
  • Have a demonstrated need (e.g., looking for housing, food, employment, or shelter, engaged in ongoing medicaltreatment, unable to otherwise access benefits or medical appointments).

Program Background:

The realities of operating a public transportation system, while also fulfilling promises made to the public to increase and expand service, made a fare increase a necessary and responsible step toward funding existing and future operations. Prior to the increase in the bus fare effective in the summer of 2017, Spokane Transit had not raised its fares since 2012. To ease the transition for our riders, Spokane Transit implemented the fare increase incrementally to $1.75 per 2-hour pass on July 1, 2017, and $2.00 per 2-hour pass on July 1, 2018. While it does not appear that the initial increase has had an impact on ridership, the second increase in the summer of 2018 could create a greater burden on some of our lowest income customers.

Spokane Transit’s Board of Directors has authorized funding for the Program on a pilot basis. Funding up to $50,000 in 2018 and $100,000 in 2019 is available. If this program is successful, Spokane Transit hopes that other agencies in the community will independently sustain the same or a similar program after Spokane Transit’s funding terminates at the end of 2019.

Application Submission:

Low Income Pass Subsidy Program Application Packet

Alternative formats of this application will be made available upon request by contacting Spokane Transit’s Ombudsman and Accessibility Officer, Emily Arneson, at or (509) 325-6094.

Paper applications must be postmarked no later than March 26, 2018. Electronic or hand delivered applications must be received no later than 5pm on March 26, 2018. Electronic applications must be followed by a hard copy containing appropriate certification signatures, sent to:

     Spokane Transit Authority
     C/O Emily Arneson               
     1230 W. Boone Ave.
     Spokane, WA  99201-2686

Spokane Transit will review and score proposals between March 26 and April 23, 2018. An interview with the applicant may be scheduled. The pilot program may be terminated or discontinued if there are no successful applications.

Questions should be directed to the Ombudsman and Accessibility Officer, Emily Arneson, at or (509) 325-6094.

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