Bloomsday Service

Get to race day the STA way.

Update: All service on Bloomsday is free, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Expo ’74! Learn more about Expo ’74 anniversary promotional fares.

Every year, one fourth of the runners and spectators coming to Bloomsday use Spokane Transit.

Whether you’re lacing up your running shoes or getting ready to cheer from the sidelines, we’re looking forward to getting you there on time.

*Note for runners: If you need to pick up your number on race day, know that our services drop passengers off 15-20 mins walk from the Spokane Convention Center Exhibition Hall. Please factor this in when planning your journey.

Bloomsday Service.

Bloomsday Shuttles

Park your car in one of the five designated Shuttle Lots and take a direct shuttle ride to the race.

Shuttle Lot Locations

Northtown Mall

Map of Northtown Mall with a highlighted boarding area for Bloomsday service. The map indicates locations of Northtown Mall, Lidgerwood St to the east, and Wellesley Ave to the south, with a north arrow pointing upward.

Board on Lidgerwood near Wellesley. 

Return after 2pm via Route 25, running every 30 minutes.

Last departure at 9:20 pm.

Spokane Valley Mall

Map showing Valley Mall and its surroundings. The map indicates the locations of Red Robin and Olive Garden restaurants near the Boarding Area, with Indiana Avenue running alongside. The Valley Mall is left of the Boarding Area, providing convenient access to Bloomsday service. North is indicated by an arrow.

Board on Indiana between Red Robin and Olive Garden.

Return after 2pm via Route 90 and transfer to Route 96 or 97 at the Valley Transit Center.

The last transfer to Route 96 departs at 7:05 pm, and to Route 97 at 7:35 pm.

Ferris High School

Map showing Ferris High School, with the text "Boarding Area" in blue near 37th Ave and Ray St, providing clear guidance for those using the Bloomsday service. A north arrow is present at the bottom-left corner.

Board on 37th on the north side of the school.

Return after 2 pm via Route 4 Southbound, running every 30 minutes.

Last departure at 9:10 pm.

Cheney/Red Barn

A map shows the location of the Boarding Area, marked in blue, situated adjacent to the Red Barn building. Oriented with north at the bottom left corner, it highlights where 7th St and Washington St form a junction on the right side. This area offers convenient access to bloomsday service.

Board on Washington & 7th St.

Return after 2 pm on Route 6, running every 60 minutes.

Last departure at 8:37 pm.

West Plains Transit Center

A map showing West Plains Transit Center, located between Aero Road and Westbow Road, highlights the center’s boarding area in blue. A directional arrow at the bottom left indicates north. The map also notes special Bloomsday service routes for ease of access during events.

Board at Bay 2.

Return after 2 pm on Route 6, running every 60 minutes.

Last departure at 8:37 pm.

Downtown Shuttle Drop Off/Pick Up Locations

Bloomsday Shuttles drop off and pick up passengers on First Ave between Post and Stevens:

Getting there

Shuttle buses run about every ten minutes between 6:30 & 8:45 am, leaving when the bus is full.

To ensure you’re on time for the race, we recommend you arrive at your chosen Shuttle Lot two hours before your color group’s race time. 

Heading back

Before 2pm

Take the same shuttle bus from the location where you were dropped off.

From 2 – 4 pm

Use the regular bus service at the Alternate Downtown Boarding Bays. Check your corresponding Shuttle Lot for details on which bus number to look out for.

After 4pm

Use the regular bus service at STA Plaza.

West Plains Service

Regularly scheduled service on Routes 60 and 61 serve many locations in Airway Heights and the West Plains.

Getting there: Route 61 to Downtown

Select stops on the trip to downtown are listed below. See the Route 61 schedule for additional service on the West Plains.

Fairchild @ Front Gate
Hwy 2 @ Spokane Tribe Casino
Airway Heights Park & Ride
Northern Quest Casino
Plaza Bay 5 (Downtown)

Heading back: Route 61 to Airway Heights

Before 4 pm

Board Route 61 from the Alternate Downtown Boarding Bay 12 at 2nd Ave and Howard St.

Last bus: 3:20 pm.

After 4 pm

Board Route 61 at Bay 12 at Sprague and Wall in the STA Plaza.

Last bus: 8:20 pm.

Highway 2 / Fairchild Bloomsday Detour

For visitors staying close to Airway Heights, this map shows the Route 61 detour to downtown from your accommodation. The detour is active from 7 am to 4 pm.

Regular Bus Service

Our regularly scheduled service is a great option to get to Bloomsday from Spokane and the surrounding areas.

Our downtown transit hub (STA Plaza) is closed from the beginning of race day to 4 pm. Use the alternate downtown boarding bays located at Second & Howard. Buses will resume boarding at STA Plaza after 4 pm.

Visit our alerts page for detour information.

A map of alternate boarding bays in downtown spokane, to be used during Bloomsday
Alternate Downtown Boarding Bays


STA Bloomsday Pass

If you added it to your Bloomsday registration, your STA Bloomsday Pass is $2.00 and good all day on the entire STA system. It is printed on your race bib.

Forgot to add a pass? Fear not – Grab a STA Bloomsday Sticker Pass from our booth at the Bloomsday Tradeshow.

***UPDATE: To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Expo ’74, we’re offering free bus and Paratransit service system-wide for Bloomsday weekend, and every subsequent weekend until June 30. Those who purchased an STA Bloomsday pass will receive a refund via their provided mailing address.

On-board Information

Although backpacks are allowed on our buses, Bloomsday doesn’t allow them on the course. Visit Bloomsday’s FAQ Page to learn about other prohibited items.

Strollers are accepted on buses if they can be folded. Please plan to arrive early if you are boarding with a stroller.

Paratransit Service

Paratransit service is available for individuals with existing Paratransit eligibility, even if you’re coming from out of town. For Bloomsday weekend, this service will be free.

Drivers will drop off and pick up passengers at Fire Station #1 at Browne & Riverside or the Flour Mill at 621 W Mallon. 

For questions and reservations, call Paratransit on (509) 328-1552 (TTY Relay 711).

Have questions about our Bloomsday service?

Call customer service at (509) 328-RIDE (7433), TTY 711.

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