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New Fare Effective July 1

Contact: Beth Bousley, Director of Communications and Customer Service, 509-850-5648

Second Phase of Spokane Transit Authority’s New Bus Fare Begins July 1, 2018

Spokane, Wash. — On July 1, 2018, Spokane Transit (STA) will implement phase two of a fare change initiative that will increase the fare for a two-hour fixed route bus or paratransit van pass from $1.75 to $2.00. The first phase of the fare change went into effect on July 1, 2017. The decision to increase fares supports the cost-sharing objectives the STA Board has established for its customers.

The STA Board implemented the new fare in two phases to address community feedback concerning the impact on people with fixed or very low incomes. In addition, STA officials are collaborating with health and human service providers to explore solutions that lessen the impact on low-income customers who do not already have access to free or discounted transit passes and who may otherwise struggle to afford the increase.

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In November 2016, voters approved an increase in local sales and use tax to fund the STA Moving Forward plan to maintain, improve and expand public transit across the region. Customer fares are another important funding stream for implementation of that plan. In total, more than 25 transit projects will be completed over the next 10 years. The first wave of improvements went into effect in 2017, including later night service on Saturdays, improved weekend service on Wellesley Avenue and to Airway Heights, and the new Route 95 Mid-Valley service in Spokane Valley.  In 2018, improvements will include enhanced service on North Division Street with upgraded shelters and sidewalks, night and weekend service to Indian Trail, and the opening of the West Plains Transit Center to create stronger connectivity between Spokane, Cheney, Medical Lake, and Airway Heights.

A full list of the STA Moving Forward projects, including timelines and individual project details, can be found at www.STAMovingForward.com.

 

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STA provides public transportation services through fixed route (bus) service, paratransit operations and vanpool to the cities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood, Spokane and Spokane Valley and parts of the unincorporated County. The organization employs more than 500 people and is overseen by a 12-member regional board: nine voting elected officials from Spokane County and cities in the Public Transportation Benefit Area, two non-voting elected officials from area small cities, and a non-voting labor member. For more information about STA, please visit www.spokanetransit.com.

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