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Would you like to know more about STA’s Prop 1 on the April 28 ballot?

Click the following link to visit the STAMovingForward website where you can request a presentation about Spokane Transit's Prop 1 on the April 28, 2015 special election ballot.

STAMovingForward.com

CEO Report

Spokane Transit Proposition No. 1

The STA ballot measure failed by less than 1%. Official results show that approval fell short by 572 votes, out of the 76,482 votes cast. Only 33% of registered voters in the Public Transportation Benefit Area participated in the election, compared to 40.9% in 2008.

In an election follow-up poll conducted by Moore Information, 47% of voters who voted to reject the measure cited opposition to new tax as the top reason for their vote.  Only 5% of voters who rejected the measure cited the Central City Line as a reason for their vote.  35% of voters who voted to approve the measure cited the importance of public transit and the need for the STA Moving Forward plan as the reason for their vote, and 17% indicated that they or a family use transit.

The STA Board of Directors will convene one or more workshops this summer to carefully review the election’s close results, and thoughtfully consider all potential alternatives.  The agenda is likely to include an assessment of guiding assumptions, analysis of financial projections, and a proposed timeline for next-steps. In the meantime, STA will continue to provide quality transit service to the Spokane region with the current resources available.

Project Updates

West Plains Transit Center

Objectives: Reduce travel times, improve operational efficiencies and promote economic development and access to jobs in the West Plains.
Background: This facility, located at Exit 272 of I-90, will address several transportation issues on the West Plains. Currently transit customers are required to travel to Downtown Spokane to make a connection between any of the cities on the West Plains. This transit center would allow customers to change buses on the West Plains, saving time. The facility would include a park and ride for commuters, utilizing existing service between Spokane and Cheney efficiently.
Specifics: A freeway flyer station in the Interstate 90 median at Exit 272 connected to a new 100-stall
Park & Ride via an elevated pedestrian walkway. Westbound buses would pull into the median to offload passengers accessing the Park & Ride via the walkway. Eastbound buses would offload passengers in a transit
only lane on Exit 272 before reentering the Interstate 90.
Project Cost: $14.7 million estimated project cost, excluding right of way.
Funding:

Contractor: HW Lochner, Inc., Engineering Consultants.
Project Schedule:

Updates:

Plaza Renovation Project

Objective: Improve overall customer and visitor experience while improving operations to better integrate with the Downtown core.
Background: Initiated in 2008, deferred during the Great Recession, and reauthorized in 2014, STA identified design improvements and plans to move all customer service and retail activity to the first floor and improving security.
Funding: Local funding, $4.95 million.
Contractors: ALSC Architects, Coffman Engineers.
Revised Project Schedule:

Updates:

Central City Line

Objective: Implement the first phase of the mode-neutral High Performance Transit Network.

Funding: $72 million total estimated cost with 80% funding anticipated from the Federal Small Starts Grant program. Total includes approximately $12 million in unidentified local matching funds.
Contractor: IBI Group
Revised Project Schedule:

Updates:
Reviewed with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) the next steps to enter their official Project Development phase in the Small Starts Grant program.
STA Board approved Preliminary Engineering once the request is approved.

Smart Bus Technology Project

Objective: Improve Fixed Route quality of service by installing software and hardware that provides bus location and passenger information in real time.
 
Background: Improve Fixed Route operations by providing computer aided dispatch (location monitoring, dispatch control, schedule adherence, headway management and transfer protection management), automatic vehicle location in real time, automated passenger counting, automated stop announcements (audio and visual that meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements), emergency alarm system enhancements, and enables future opportunities in transit signal priority. These capabilities enable a transformational improvement in customer service. Public access to real-time bus location information, via a multitude of communication mechanisms, significantly enhances ease of use of our system.

Funding: $6,626,290
Contractor: Trapeze with technical support from IBI Group
Updates:

Grants  

Regional Mobility Grant
Central City Line project is ranked sixth out of 38 statewide projects. This grant, by law, is to be funded at $50 million for 2015-2015. This was STA’s second biennium request for $1.7 million (2015-2017). The project was awarded $500,000 (2013-2015).
 
West Plains Transit Center project is ranked number 28th out of 38 statewide projects. It was awarded $1.74 million (2015-2017) and $6.96 million (2017-2019). The list will go to the state legislature for approval.

There have been discussions among legislators about cutting the program to $40 million, in which case the WPTC will not be funded. The lion’s share of the program funding goes to projects and agencies in the Puget Sound.

Help Us Plan for the Future

Here at Spokane Transit, we're continually striving to involve as many members in the planning process for the region's future transportation needs. That's why we are inviting you to provide input on "High Performance Transit," a new level of service that will run more frequently, make better transfer conections, and make using public transit easier as more convenient.

Please join us at MySidewalk.com, an online forum where we will all share ideas and feedback about the future of transit right here at home. We'll talk about where High Performance Transit is proposed, what it does, and even what it might look like. You'll look at transit photos from other cities, take short opinion surveys and give us crucial feedback about the future of public transit.

Signing up is easy! Just click the MySidewalk logo below, then click Sign Up to set up your account.

Bus Stop Policy Framework

Transit stops are one of the most important pieces of the transit network and should be treated accordingly. STA is engaged in a project to address ongoing issues surrounding bus stop access, signs and poles, shelters, benches and other bus stop environment features and the need for better defined standards and coordination with partner jurisdictions in these areas.  The project is currently in Phase I of two phases.  This first phase will review the issues, industry best practices and STA’s established Comprehensive Plan policy and may result in amendments to the Comprehensive Plan.  Phase II of the project will focus on specific design standards for the areas surrounding bus stops, amd agreements with partner jurisdictions.

A State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) was issued April 24, 2015. Written comments about the amendments to Connect Spokane: A Comprehensive Plan for Public Transportation or the SEPA determination 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 May 22, 2015.

Bus Stop Policy SEPA DNS Checklist

Inventory of Existing Conditions Presentation 2-11-15
Selection of Existing Relevant Comprehensive Plan Polices
Bus Stop Environment Industry Best Practices

Bus Stop Attachment 2015 Draft Amendments to Connect Spokane 5-14-05

Contact Kathleen Weinand, Transit Planner at (509) 325-6055 or kweinand@spokanetransit.com with questions or comments about the project.

New Web Store Now Online!

The new platform is compatible with mobile devices and allows users to save address information for future orders by creating personal logins. The new system is highly secure and user friendly. Check it out - New STA Web Store

Proposition 1 Quick Links:

Click the following link to visit the STAMovingForward website where you can request a presentation about Spokane Transit's Prop 1 on the April 28, 2015 special election ballot.

STAMovingForward.com

Presidents’ Day

Spokane Transit will operate Sunday/Holiday Service in observance of Presidents' Day, Monday, February 16, 2015. Click here to view the Sunday/Holiday Schedule for your route(s).

Public Transportation Improvement Conference Meeting Scheduled

A Public Transportation Improvement Conference Meeting will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. in the Spokane Transit Authority Boardroom, located at 1230 West Boone Avenue, Spokane, Washington. This meeting is open to the public.

Click here to view the meeting agenda.

Bloomsday Service

Ride STA to Bloomsday

Each year, an estimated one fourth of the runners and spectators coming to Bloomsday use Spokane Transit, either by riding an express Bloomsday shuttle or by regular bus service. Downtown Spokane is a very hectic place during the race and many streets are closed to regular traffic. The STA Plaza is within the area that is closed and an alternate location is used downtown as a temporary transfer point each year during the race. Spokane Transit also provides express shuttle service directly from various locations outside the downtown core. The particular times and locations are subject to change each year depending on road construction or alterations in service to accomodate events or activities that can change from year to year. The specific information about STA service for 2015 can be found at the following link:

STA Bus and Shuttle Service Information During Bloomsday 2015

Backpack Restrictions

The Bloomsday Run has restriction on backpacks at the starting line, on the course, and at the finish line. See Bloomsday's website for more information.

Bloomsday 2015

Ride STA to Bloomsday

Join us for the big race on Sunday, May 3, 2015! Check back often for updates about STA service during Bloomsday and how it affects other service during the race.

STA will have a booth at Bloomsday Check-In on May 1 and 2 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 Alternate 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 Hong Kong Buffet 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 view more 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

Backpack Restrictions

The Bloomsday Run has restriction on backpacks at the starting line, on the course, and at the finish line. See Bloomsday's website for more information.

Citizen Advisory Committee 2015

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).

2015 Meeting Schedule Agenda Approved Minutes
January 7 NO MEETING  
February 11 Agenda  
March 11 Agenda  
April 8 Agenda  
May 13 Agenda  
June 10    
July 8    
August - No Meeting    
September 9    
October 14    
November 11    
December 9    

*NA – not available

Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee 2015

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.

2015 Meeting Schedule Agenda Approved Minutes Complete Packet
January (No meeting scheduled)      
February 4 Agenda   Packet
March 4 Agenda Minutes Packet
April 1 Agenda   Packet
May 6 Revised Agenda   Packet
June 3     Packet
July 1      
August - No Meeting Scheduled      
September 2      
October 7      
November 4      
December 2      

*NA – not available

Planning & Development Committee 2015

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.

2015 Meeting Schedule Agenda Approved Minutes Complete Packet
January (No meeting scheduled)      
February 4 Agenda Minutes Packet
March 4 Agenda Minutes Packet
April 1 Revised Agenda Minutes Packet
May 6 Agenda   Packet
June 3 Agenda   Packet
July 1      
August - No Meeting Scheduled      
September 2      
October 7      
November 4      
December 2      

*NA – not available

Board Operations Committee 2015

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.

2015 Meeting Schedule Agenda Approved Minutes Complete Packet
January 7 (1st Wednesday) Revised Agenda Minutes  
February 11 Agenda Minutes Packet
March 11 Revised Agenda Minutes Packet
April 8 Agenda Minutes  
May 13 Agenda   Packet
Special Meeting June 2, 2015 12:30 p.m. Agenda    
June 10      
July 8 Canceled    
August - No Meeting Scheduled      
September 9      
October 14      
November 11      
December 9      

*NA – not available

STA Board of Directors 2015

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 May 2015 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.

2015 Meeting Schedule Meeting Agenda Approved Minutes Complete Packet
January 15 Agenda Minutes Packet
February 19 Agenda Minutes Packet
March 19 Agenda Minutes Packet
April 23 (Moved from April 16) Agenda Minutes Packet
May 21 Agenda   Packet
June 18 STA Board Workshop - Post Ballot Discussion      
July 8 STA Planning and Budget Workshop
(Southside Conference Rooms A & B)
     
July 16      
August - No Meeting      
September 17      
October 22 (4th Thursday - 4:30pm)      
November 19      
December 17      

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

Public Meetings 2015

The links below will take you to the Spokane Transit Board of Directors meeting videos and each of STA's board committee meeting schedules, agendas and minutes for 2015. Links to archives of the previous year's schedules, agendas and minutes appear at the bottom of this page.

Spokane Transit Board of Directors

Board Operations Committee

Planning & Development Committee

Performance Monitoring & External Relations Committee

Citizen Advisory Committee

ARCHIVES

2014 STA Public Meetings archive, click here.

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.

Christmas, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day Service

Spokane Transit will operate regular weekday service on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 and Sunday/Holiday Service on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2015.

First Night Spokane Shuttle Service - STA will operate a free shuttle service for First Night admission button holders. Shuttles run every 10 minutes. Free parking is available at Riverpoint Campus, located at 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. (Yellow Lot). Shuttle service begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 1:00 a.m.

Detours will occur on the #1 Plaza/Arena Shuttle and the #25 Division (see route pages for details).

For more information on First Night Spokane, visit the website at www.firstnightspokane.org.

First Night #25 Division Detour

This detour will be in place all day on New Year's Eve, 12/31/14.

#25 Division INBOUND ONLY: From Spokane Falls Blvd. and Browne, #25 Division will detour by turning left on Browne, right on Sprague, right on Lincoln and right on Riverside to regular Zone 4.

STA Board Adopts STA Moving Forward

After nearly three years of public input, Spokane Transit’s Board of Directors has approved a 10-year plan to maintain existing service levels and to provide more and better transit. The need for the plan, known as STA Moving Forward, is driven by increased demand for transit services throughout the Spokane region. Since 2009, ridership has grown by 44 percent and 2014 is expected to reach the highest ridership year since 1953 with approximately 11.3 million rides. Thank you to all of the people who came to share their thoughts and opinions with the Board. Read the full press release here.

STA Moving Forward Implementation Plan: Adopted 12/18/2014

Find out more at www.stamovingforward.com

STA Board of Directors to hold public hearing

Spokane Transit Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on STA Moving Forward, STA’s 10-year plan to maintain service and provide more and better transit at their November 20, 2014 Board meeting.

The public may also sign up for public expressions on the Plaza Reconfiguration.

The meeting begins at 1:30 at Spokane Transit, 1229 West Boone Ave.

Free Fare Day on Black Friday

If your holiday plans include hitting the shops early on Black Friday, be sure not to miss out on this great deal - RIDE THE BUS FREE ALL DAY. No pass is needed - just hop on the bus!

STA provides easy and convenient access to downtown and all the regional malls. Use the Google Trip Planner on the home page to plan an exciting day of bargain hunting with Spokane Transit.

First Friday at The Plaza

Safeway Stores Now Selling 31-Day Bus Passes

SPOKANE, WA – Grocery shoppers can now buy their STA bus passes at Safeway locations throughout Spokane County. Safeway will sell Adult, Youth and Reduced Fare 31-Day bus passes at the following locations:

2509 E 29th Ave.
1441 N Argonne Rd. (Spokane Valley)
14020 E. Sprague (Spokane Valley)
1233 N Liberty Lake Rd. (Liberty Lake)
3919 N Market St.
933 E Mission Ave.
1616 W Northwest Blvd.
10100 N Newport Highway
2507 W Wellesley Ave.
2710 First St. (Cheney)
902 W Francis Ave.

31-Day Passes are also available for purchase at Yoke’s Fresh Market and Rosauers stores, Huckleberry’s and Super One.

Safeway District Managers for the Spokane/Columbia region, Brian Kingsbury and Jackie Katanik said Safeway is very pleased to be partnering with STA.

“Offering the 31-day bus passes for sale at our 11 Safeway locations in Spokane County offers real convenience for our customers, many of whom rely exclusively on STA to solve their transportation needs,” they said. “This just makes the availability of the bus passes much easier for everyone.”

There is no additional fee for purchasing bus passes at an STA pass outlet.

All other STA bus passes, including Paratransit passes, must be purchased online, at the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Avenue or at STA’s offices at 1229 W. Boone Avenue.

 

For a complete list of retail pass outlets, click here.

Yoke’s Fresh Markets to Sell STA Bus Passes

Spokane Transit (STA) is pleased to announce that beginning October 1, Yoke’s Fresh Market will begin selling 31-Day Passes for Adults, Youths, and Reduced Fare. Passes will be available at five locations around the Spokane region:

• 210 E. North Foothills Drive
• 12825 W. Sunset Highway (Airway Heights)
• 3321 W. Indian Trail Road
• 14202 N Market Street (Mead)
• 9329 E. Montgomery (Spokane Valley)

“Yoke’s is excited to partner with Spokane Transit,” said John Bole, Yoke’s President/CEO. “We will be offering our guests STA passes in our Spokane area stores.”

There is no additional fee for purchasing bus passes at any STA pass outlet.

“We are happy to welcome Yoke’s as the newest member of STA’s Pass Outlet Program,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO. “Many of our customers will appreciate the added convenience of getting their bus passes as they do their regular shopping.”

Select 31-Day Passes have been available for purchase at Rosauer’s stores, including Huckleberry’s and Super One since November 2012.

All other STA passes, including Paratransit passes, must be purchased online, at The STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside or at 1229 W. Boone Avenue.

For information on STA fares and passes, click here or call 328-RIDE.

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

Summer Construction Projects Advisory

STA Routes Affected by 2015 Road Construction Projects:

#27 Hillyard
#32 Trent/Montgomery
#33 Wellesley
#34 Freya
#39 Mission
#42 South Adams
#43 Lincoln/37th
#44 29th Ave
#45 Regal
#62 Medical Lake
#66 Cheney/EWU
#94 East Central/Millwood
#96 Pines/Sullivan
#97 South Valley
#165 Cheney Express

Many STA bus routes will be affected by the 2015 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 December 2014 Board Meeting, the STA Board of Directors agreed to make revisions to the Plaza Redesign project based on input from local business groups. The Plaza will be reconfigured to improve function for transit customers, downtown employees, visitors and the surrounding community. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015 and the entire project is estimated to take 18 months to complete.

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.  The next STA Board Meeting is November 20th; public expressions begin at approximately 1:35 p.m.

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. Plans are for the first floor to house retail space, STA customer service and public restrooms, and the second floor to 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 15, 16 and 17, 2015

The Jefferson Park and Ride lot will be closed May 15, 16, and 17, to public parking for storage of the Lilac Festival Armed Forces Torchlight Parade floats.

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

The lot will reopen to the public at 1 p.m., Sunday May 17.

Bus Service: Saturday, May 16, 2015

Spokane Transit will operate Saturday bus service during and one trip after the parade on Saturday May 16. Additionally, the following service changes will be made to accommodate the parade and STA riders.

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

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, or electronically at the following link: Title VI Questions & Comments

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 December 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 9, Special Board Workshop   Minutes  

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 Minutes Packet
August/No Meeting      
September 18 Agenda Minutes Packet
October 23 (4th Thursday - 4:30pm - Public Hearing on the 2015 Budget at 5:30) Agenda Minutes  
November 20 Agenda Minutes Packet
December 3 (Wednesday) Special Board Workshop - STA Moving Forward Plan
10:30am - 1:30pm STA Southside Conference Room
Agenda Minutes  

December 18

Agenda

Minutes Packet

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

Special Meeting November 10 - Transit Leadership Summit: View Agenda

STA held a special meeting, the Transit Leadership Summit, on Monday, November 10, 2014, between 7:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at The Lincoln Center, 1316 North Lincoln Street in Spokane.

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) Minutes
October 8 Agenda Minutes
November 12 Agenda Minutes
December 10 Agenda (Revised) 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 10:00a.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 Minutes
October 1 Agenda Minutes
November 5 Agenda Minutes
December 3 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 3:00p.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 Minutes
October 1 Agenda Minutes
November 5 Agenda Minutes
December 3 Agenda Minutes

*NA – not available

 

Citizen Advisory Committee

CAC Members and Charter

All meetings are the second Wednesday of the month (except August) at 5:00p.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 Agenda Minutes
October 8 Agenda Minutes
November 12 Agenda  
December 10 Agenda  

*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.

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 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: 2015

Annual Passenger Facilities Report: 2014

Annual Passenger Facilities Report: 2013

Performance Report: Routes

2014 Annual Route Report

2013 Annual Route Report

2012 Annual Route Report

Annual Route Performance Report: 2010/2011 Operating Data

STA Moving Forward: Open House

Spokane Transit is hosting community open houses throughout the region to get your feedback on STA Moving Forward, Spokane Transit’s draft long range plan to sustain existing service and provide more and better transit in the next 10 years.

The next open house is:

Spokane Community Open House

The Plaza, 701 West Riverside Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

November 6, 2014 at 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Future open houses are:

North Spokane Community Open House
Quality Inn
7919 North Division Street
Spokane, WA 99208
November 7, 2014 at 4:30pm - 6:30pm

 

Find out more at www.stamovingforward.com

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

 

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.

2012-2014 Service Implementation Plan 

2011-2013 Service Implementation Plan

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 2014

Ride STA to Bloomsday

Join us for the big race on Sunday, May 4, 2014! Check back often for updates about STA service during Bloomsday and how it affects other service during the race.

STA will have a booth at Bloomsday Check-In on May 2 and 3 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 Hong Kong Buffet 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

Backpack Restrictions

The Bloomsday Run has restriction on backpacks at the starting line, on the course, and at the finish line. See Bloomsday's website for more information.

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

The Capital Improvement Program is included in the Transit Development Plan.

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: www.spokanestreetdepartment.org/documents/snowroutemap.pdf. On the 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

Yoke's:

Spokane Transit (STA) is pleased to announce that beginning October 1, Yoke’s Fresh Market will begin selling 31-Day Passes for Adults, Youths, and Reduced Fare. Passes will be available at five locations around the Spokane region:

210 E. North Foothills Drive
12825 W. Sunset Highway (Airway Heights)
3321 W. Indian Trail Road
14202 N Market Street (Mead)
9329 E. Montgomery (Spokane Valley)

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.

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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.

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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.

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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

Stop Consolidation Plan

In order to improve service efficiency and contain costs, a stop consolidation plan has been executed.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. 

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