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I-90/Valley High Performance Transit (HPT) Project

STA’s guiding objectives for this project are:

  • Support economic vitality and growth by improving mobility on the busiest urban corridor in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Region
  • Advance transportation equity by improving access to jobs, education, health care, recreation, healthy food, childcare, and other facilities
  • Promote integrated solutions that support safe and healthy transportation options for all ages and abilities
  • Engage our local agencies, businesses, and diverse community members to envision, enhance, craft, validate, and support service and facility improvements
  • Serve as a model of cooperation for the community benefits of a regional and interstate partnership
  • Advance service and supporting infrastructure improvements that are safe, cost-conscious, high-performing, resilient, and reflect and enhance community identity and environment

 

Regional employment trends present a viable and strategic opportunity for HPT on the I-90/Valley Corridor

Census data has found the pace of growth in employees commuting cross-border (between Kootenai and Spokane Counties) for work is significantly higher than the pace of growth in total jobs during 2009-2018.

This image is an infographic with the title of “Interstate Commuting Increases: 2009-20018.” It shows graphical representations of Spokane County and Kootenai County. Between the two counties are 11 orange cars driving towards Spokane County with 4 of them colored darker to represent the following text that is included on the image: 50% increase in Kootenai County residents that work in Spokane County (Over 4,000 Commuters). There are also 6 purple cars between the two counties driving towards Kootenai County with three of them colored darker to represent the following text that is included on the image: 100% increase in Spokane County residents that work in Kootenai County (Over 2,000 Commuters).

This image is an infographic with the title of “Interstate Employment Commuting Trends: 2018.” It shows graphical representations of Spokane County and Kootenai County. Between the two counties is an orange car driving towards Spokane County with a text call out of “10,000 plus residents who commute across the border into Spokane County for work live in Kootenai County, making up 5% of Spokane County’s total workforce.” There is also a purple car between the two counties driving towards Kootenai County with a text call out of “5,000 plus residents who commute across the border into Kootenai County for work live in Spokane County, making up 7% of Kootenai County’s total workforce.”

This image is a graph that demonstrates the increase in interstate commuting between Spokane and Kootenai Counties from 2009 to 2018.

 

Project background

This project is one of six High Performance Transit corridors slated for improvements in STA Moving Forward.

Our study will explore possible implementations such as:
  • New transit centers
  • Expanded commuter parking east of Sullivan Road
  • Direct, non-stop peak hour service between Liberty Lake and Spokane
  • Night and weekend service
  • Extend service to Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene on a two-year pilot basis through a cross-state partnership*

*Pilot Program: Introduce service to Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene dependent on collaboration with partners in Kootenai County

Improvements will include design, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of transit facilities and infrastructure.

Other I-90/Valley Corridor elements:
  • HPT stations/enhanced stops at other locations in the corridor
  • I-90/Valley service architecture
  • Argonne Road flyer station and park and ride
  • Network redesign informed by new facilities

 

Route

This image is a map showing the possible corridor route from the Plaza in Downtown Spokane, through the University District, onto I-90, exiting the freeway to serve Mirabeau Park and Ride, back onto I-90 to Liberty Lake. There is also a small extension of the route past Liberty Lake with the text label of “Pilot Extension to Coeur d’Alene.”

Planned I-90 Line with Pilot extension to Post Falls & Coeur d'Alene

 

Corridor Development Plan

This image is an infographic that displays the Corridor Development Plan. This begins with Ideas and Considerations where the community explored possible scenarios. Next is to Gather Technical Advisory Committee Input where the committee will explore and evaluate top scenarios. Next the Technical Advisory Committee will provide input and a Public Open House will occur to share the top scenarios and a scenario will be selected for further development. Next will be to Develop the Corridor development Plan where the Technical Advisory Committee will provide input and a Public open house will occur to share the selected scenario and Corridor Development Plan. The final step is to Implement the Corridor Development Plan.

 

Project phases

Phase 1 – Planning (2021-2022)
  • Analyze and evaluate operations and infrastructure solutions
  • Engage project stakeholders and the public for input and collaboration
Phase 2 – Design and engineering (2022-2024)
  • Design and engineer the project, including routes, infrastructure, and construction
Phase 3 – Construction and implementation (2023-2025)
  • Gather and acquire resources for construction
  • Implement and launch the new High-Performance Transit service

 

This image is a flow chart that illustrates the phases to implement the I-90 plan. There are three phases. Phase 1: Corridor Planning will take place in the years 2021 to 2022. This will include Analyze and evaluate operations and infrastructure solutions, Robust public and stakeholder input, Prepare Corridor Development Plan, and Update scope and budget for project elements. Once Phase 1 is complete, Phase 2 can begin. Phase 2: Design and Engineering will take place in the years 2022 to2024. This will include Undertake full design and engineering of planned improvements, Acquire necessary property and right of way, Complete environmental review, Refine scope and budget for project elements, and Execute necessary agreements. Once Phase 2 is complete, Phase 3 can begin. Phase 3: Construction and Implementation will take place in the years 2023 to 2025. Phase 3 will include Conduct all procurement activities for construction, Construction management and administration, Install Passenger and HPT amenities, and Schedule and deploy new bus service.

 

Community Outreach

STA is committed to communicating about all construction activities and their impacts on transit users, pedestrians, nearby businesses, and homeowners, and drivers who may be affected.

For this project, we have formed a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of regional and state transit agencies who are informing and providing input on this project.

  • City of Spokane
  • City of Spokane Valley
  • Spokane County
  • City of Millwood
  • City of Liberty Lake
  • Spokane Regional Transit Council
  • Washington State Department of Transportation
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