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2020 Title VI Program
Public Notice

A public hearing to receive testimony on the 2020 Title VI Program will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1230 W. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis or race, color, or national origin for agencies receiving federal financial assistance. As an agency that receives federal financial assistance, Spokane Transit is required to adopt a Title VI program and to update it every three (3) years. The Title VI Program is a document developed to demonstrate how STA is complying with Title VI requirements. Spokane Transit’s current Title VI Program expires March 30, 2020. The program must include discussion of fare and service changes over the last three (3) years (2017, 2018, 2019), an updated demographic analysis of the service area, route analysis and monitoring, service standards and policies, public outreach processes to assist protected populations, and an updated Limited English Proficiency (LEP) plan.

Copies of this document will be available for review and comment at: Spokane Transit Authority, Administrative Office, North Side, First Floor, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, or at the Title VI Policy Information page on the STA website. Written comments may be sent to: Attn: Gordon Howell, Principal Transit Planner, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. The 2020 Title VI Program is in draft form and will continue to be revised until adopted on March 19, 2020, by the Spokane Transit Authority Board.

Spokane Transit assures nondiscrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 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) or email ombudsman@spokanetransit.com at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Notice is hereby given that a special meeting of the Central City Line Steering Committee will take place on October 24, 2019, at 2:30 PM at the Spokane Regional Transportation Council office, Paulsen Center Building, Suite 504, located at 421 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, WA. 99201.

The Steering Committee meeting is open to the public.  The meeting agenda will be posted to the Spokane Transit Authority website (stamovingforward.com/plan/projects/hpt-service-central-city-line#documents) a minimum of five days prior to the meeting. 

For additional information please contact Don Skillingstad, Spokane Transit Authority, 509-344-1869, or email at cclproject@spokanetransit.com.

Spokane Transit assures nondiscrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information, see www.spokanetransit.com.  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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DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE
ADOPTION of EXISTING DOCUMENT


Notice is hereby given that on June 30, 2019, Spokane Transit Authority issued a State Environmental Policy Act Determination of Non-Significance and adopted the Federal Transit Administration, Region 10, Central City Line Categorical Exclusion and Documented Categorical Exclusion Worksheet in its entirety for the construction of the Central City Line bus rapid transit  project. 

Description of the proposal: The project will consist of the construction of 32 bus stops (stations), installation of passenger amenities, street improvements, ADA facility improvements, and electrical upgrades to STA facilities.

Location of the Proposal:  The project is located in the City of Spokane, Spokane County, Washington. The 5.8 mile corridor, using existing city streets, would extend from the Browne’s Addition neighborhood immediately west of downtown Spokane, to the SCC Transit Center located at Spokane Community College. 

The Spokane Transit Authority, acting as lead agency, has determined that this proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c).  This determination is based on the following findings and conclusions: this proposal does not result in significant impacts and mitigation measures have been identified that addressed potential impacts during construction and operation of the project.

Public Comment Period: This DNS is issued under WAC 197-11-340(2) and the lead agency will not act on this proposal for 14 days from June 30, 2019. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM on July 15, 2019, to the Spokane Transit Authority c/o Don Skillingstad, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201 or via email to cclproject@spokanetransit.com.

Please note that this may be the only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed project.  Any person may submit comments regarding this proposal. Written comments will be made part of the record.

Any person may submit comments on the proposed action or call for additional information at:
Responsible Official:
Gordon Howell
Principal Planner
1230 W. Boone Ave.  Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 325-6058

Click Here to view more information about the Central City Line project. 
Click Here to view the Determination of Nonsignificance and other environmental documents.

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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 2020-2022, beginning October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2022. The proposed DBE goal is 1.129 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, Jacqueline Tjards, at (509) 325-6032. 

Public comments regarding Spokane Transit Authority’s proposed DBE goal will be accepted until June 26, 2019. 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 thirty (30) days following the date of this Notice. Please send comments to: FTA, Region Ten, Jackson Federal Building, 915 Second Avenue, Suite 3142, and Seattle, Washington 98174.

Adoption of the proposed DBE goal will take place during the STA Board of Directors Meeting scheduled for July 25, 2019.

Spokane Transit assures nondiscrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. For more information, click here.

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) or email ombudsman@spokanetransit.com  at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance.

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Public Notice
Notice of SEPA DNS (Determination of Non-Significance)


Staff has prepared minor preliminary edits to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation, in advance of a major update in 2020. Originally adopted by the Board of Directors in 2010 and most recently updated in 2017, Connect Spokane serves as the agency’s goal and policy guide for the next 20 to 30 years.

This update to the plan meets the policy requirement as defined in MI 3.2 Comprehensive Plan Amendments that states “Minor amendments to the Comprehensive Plan may take place at any time so long as the change does not significantly change the scope or direction of the plan.”

Spokane Transit has issued a determination of non-significance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: Spokane Transit’s Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation proposed by Spokane Transit. After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the agency, Spokane Transit has determined this proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment.

You can view the SEPA Checklist, Determination of Non-Significance below and amendments:

SEPA Checklist and Determination of Non-Significance

Copies of the DNS are available at no charge from Spokane Transit, 1230 W. Boone Avenue, Spokane Washington 99201 or call (509) 325-6058. The draft proposed amendments to Connect Spokane can also be viewed below:

https://www.spokanetransit.com/projects-plans/comprehensive-plan

The public is invited to comment on this DNS by submitting written comments no later than 5:00 pm May 1, 2019 to Gordon Howell at 1230 W. Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington 99201 or by email to ghowell@spokanetransit.com.

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Public Notice


Notice is hereby given that the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) is issuing a call for projects that will be funded with Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funding. These projects are meant to provide transportation services targeted to benefit the elderly and people with disabilities, when current public transportation service is insufficient, inappropriate, or unavailable to meet their transportation needs. Eligible organizations may submit applications for projects that are described below for funding.

There is $512,319 available under the Section 5310 program.
Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Eligible project must be located in the Spokane Urbanized Area, https://www2.census.gov/geo/maps/dc10map/UAUC_RefMap/ua/ua83764_spokane_wa/DC10UA83764.pdf
 
Eligible Applicants
Eligible project applicants can be either private, non-profit organizations, local governments, or other providers of public transportation* that provide transportation services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Eligible applicants for the Traditional Category must either be a private nonprofit organization or a local governmental authority that is approved by a state to coordinate services for seniors and individuals with disabilities. Eligible applicants to receive funding for the “Other Category” include a local governmental authority or a private nonprofit organization. 

Eligible Projects       
According to federal requirements, a minimum of 55%, or $281,775 of total Section 5310 funds must be used for traditional capital projects. Examples of eligible capital projects include purchase ADA accessible vehicle, ADA facility or infrastructure improvements, support equipment for 5310 funded vehicles, Mobility Management, and acquisition of transportation services under a contract, lease, or other arrangement.

Up to 45%, or $230,544, of total Section 5310 funds may be spent on operating projects. Examples of eligible operating projects include increased Paratransit service boundaries or hours, alternatives to public transportation, shuttle services to transportation centers, rideshare and vanpool services. The total amount of 5310 funds dedicated to these types of projects can range between 0% and 45% of available funding**.

This is not an exhaustive list, for project eligibility contact Spokane Transit with questions. Though the project or service may be used by the general public, it must be proven to primarily benefit seniors and people with disabilities. Projects will be evaluated by STA staff and recommended projects will be sent to the STA Board of Directors for approval. More information on project scoring and evaluation criteria can be found in STA’s Program Management Plan for Section 5310, which is available on request.

Match
The federal share is not to exceed 80 percent of the net project cost for capital projects. The federal share is not to exceed 50 percent of the net project cost for operating projects that are eligible in the “Other Category”.

Questions and Comments
An informational meeting will be held on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 from (2pm -3pm)
at Spokane Transit Authority 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201 in the Full Northside Conference Room to provide potential applicants the opportunity to ask questions about program and project eligibility requirements. If you need additional information about this meeting, please contact Tara Zeigler, Transit Planner at (509) 343-1692 or tzeigler@spokanetransit.com

Project Applications
To view or print the project application click here

Regional Planning Requirements
These projects will comply with comprehensive land use and transportation planning in the area and will be consistent with the adopted programming of projects in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) prepared by Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC). Projects that receive Section 5310 funding must be derived from the locally-developed Spokane County Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan, also prepared by SRTC located here, https://www.srtc.org/human-services-transportation-plan/.

Non-Discrimination Notice
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Spokane Transit does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national origin. For more information on your rights or the procedures to file a discrimination complaint, or to request this information in an accessible format, please contact the STA Ombudsman at (509) 325-6094 (TTY Relay 711), or STA’s Administrative Office, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201.

If information is needed in another language, contact (509) 325-6094.
Si necesita información en otro idioma, comuníquese al (509) 325-6094.
Для получения информации на другом языке звоните по тел. (509) 325-6094.
Nếu quý vị cần thông tin bằng một ngôn ngữ khác, xin vui lòng gọi số (509) 325-6094.

Spokane Transit assures nondiscrimination in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  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.

* STA (if needed) may certify that there are no nonprofit organizations available in the area to provide the service.
**To be considered a provider of public transportation, an agency must provide “shared-ride” transportation, which means that it may transport two or more passengers in the same vehicle who are otherwise not travelling together (as opposed to exclusive-ride taxi services). Providers of public transportation can be either public or private agencies. 

STA may elect to capture up to 10 percent of the funds available to fund program administration costs.

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Public Notice

Spokane Transit Authority
2019 Connect Spokane Comprehensive Plan
Public Notice

The Spokane Transit Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to receive testimony on minor updates to the Connect Spokane Comprehensive Plan.  The public hearing will take place on Thursday, April 18th, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., in the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Boardroom, 1229 W. Boone Ave, Spokane, Washington, 99201. 

The Connect Spokane Comprehensive Plan is required by RCW 36.57A.050. This document intends to serve a number of purposes. It 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. As a course-setting document created jointly by the public, other government agencies, and STA, this plan serves as a reference tool for future decisions related to transit, transportation and land use in the Spokane region.

The proposed minor updates to Connect Spokane for 2019 complies with the state requirements and addresses the following key areas:

  • Updated vehicle and service type terms in HPT Route descriptions table to align with previous revisions found else in the plan
  • Simplified language for FR 8.0 Route Numbering to better reflect best practices
  • Added bus shelter removal policy to SI 4.3 to address ridership changes and the effective deployment of resources
  • Added Transit Asset Management Plan (TAMP) update policy to address federal requirement related to periodic updates to the TAMP
  • Updated Performance Measures in Annex 1 to reflect practicable application of the route performance standards

Copies of this document are available for public inspection at:  Spokane Transit Authority, Administrative Office, North Side, Second Floor, 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, or visit www.spokanetransit.com. Written comments may be sent to:  Attn: Mike Tresidder, Associate Transit Planner, Spokane Transit Authority, 1230 W Boone Ave., Spokane, WA 99201.  The 2019 Connect Spokane Update is in draft form until adopted by the Spokane Transit Authority Board.

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