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August Service Change - August 28, 2022

New Routes, More Service, Better Access

Spokane Transit schedules service changes three times a year in order to keep the region’s transit system as convenient, accessible and efficient as possible.

These changes generally occur in January, May, and September, however in 2022, the third change is scheduled for August 28

The August service change is the most extensive package of service enhancements in a decade. 

The changes will provide better service in Northeast Spokane, service on both sides of I-90 between Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake, and expanded service on select routes. These changes deliver on many promises made in STA’s 10 year plan, STA Moving Forward (frequency and routing improvements for Hillyard, West Central, and Northeast Spokane), implements additional near-term improvements (service to Amazon Facility off Barker Road), and responds to public requests for transit enhancements throughout the region. 

New Plaza Bay Numbers

Additionally, the zones at the STA Plaza are being re-named in order to allow for growth of the transit system and to make it easier for riders to navigate the future expansion. The map here shows the newly numbered bays, formerly zones, and what routes will be relocating or are newly added to the system. 

New Schedule Color System

STA schedules will no longer change color for every service change in an effort to both reduce waste and communicate more effectively. 

Going forward, the schedule color will instead be used to indicate the type of route:

Red = frequent routes

Blue = basic

Pink = express

Green = downtown shuttles

By only replacing the schedules that have changes, instead of replacing all schedules in a new color three times a year, STA can reduce the number of extra schedules that have to be recycled at the beginning of service change. 

This new color system is also the first step in a series of improvements to create better wayfinding and route identification for riders. Bus stop signs, system maps, and other wayfinding signage will begin to share the same color system and other design elements to make it easier for riders to navigate the system. New elements will continue to be incorporated over time, with most changes being implemented by the launch of City Line in 2023.

Image showing red, blue, green and pink schedules fanned out.

Route Change Highlights

Route is shortened with a new end of line at the VA Hospital.

Streamline routing on Washington, North Foothills, and Crestline. New end of line at Northpoint

NEW route with continuous routing along Francis between G St and Market

NEW route with service between Hillyard and SFCC via West Central Neighborhood

Routing off I-90 between Mirabeau and Liberty Lake and a new end of line at Knox and Madson.

New end of line at Amazon facility off Barker

Eliminate service on 16th, S University, and S Pines, new service on Sprague

New Service on Appleway and Country Vista Drive East of Barker

NEW route providing peak service for those traveling from Spokane to Liberty Lake in the morning and Liberty Lake to Spokane in the evening.

NEW route to provide weekday peak service between Spokane and Mirabeau P&R

Improvements at a Glance

MORE SERVICE

4 Monroe/Regal Additional early Saturday morning service and expanded Sunday/Holiday Service

6 Cheney Expanded Sunday/Holiday Service

21 West Broadway More service on weeknights, Saturday nights and all day Sundays/Holidays

25 Division Expanded Sunday/Holiday Service

33 Wellesley More service weekday evenings and expanded Sunday Holiday Service 

NEW ROUTES

35 Francis/Market NEW route from the VA hospital to N Market with continuous routing along Francis and new service on E Francis, and N Market. Note: No direct service to 5-Mile Park & Ride.

36 North Central NEW route from SFCC to N Market connecting SFCC, West Central Community Center, North Central High School, and Northeast Community Center and new service on W Maxwell

724 Liberty Lake Tech Express NEW route providing peak service for those traveling from Spokane to Liberty Lake in the morning and Liberty Lake to Spokane in the evening.

771 Mirabeau Express – NEW route to provide weekday peak service between Spokane and Mirabeau P&R

BETTER ACCESS

27 Crestline Better access in northeast Spokane with new service on N Crestline & Lincoln Rd, and new service on Buckeye and North Foothills Drive

32 Trent/Montgomery Better access to DSHS and businesses neat Trent and Argonne, eliminating the need to cross Trent.

74 Mirabeau/Liberty Lake Better access to destinations along Indiana and Mission north of I-90 in Greenacres by routing off the freeway between Mirabeau P&R and Liberty Lake.

94 East Central/Millwood Better access to Liberty Park, Liberty Aquatic Center and Liberty Park Library

95 Mid-Valley New access on E Mission and Barker with service to the new Amazon facility north of Spokane River.

96 Pines/Sullivan Better access along E Sprague between University and Pines

98 Liberty Lake via Sprague Better access south of I-90 on Appleway Ave/ Country Vista Drive between Barker and Liberty Lake with new service to Ridgeline High School, newly constructed apartments and retail development along Appleway Ave/Country Vista Drive.

124 North Express New Express stop at Maxwell and Monroe

Changes by Route

4 Monroe/Regal – Additional early Saturday morning service and expanded Sunday/Holiday Service; Minor schedule adjustments

6 Cheney Expanded Sunday/Holiday Service; Minor schedule adjustments

11 Plaza/Arena Shuttle – Schedule adjustments

12 Medical Shuttle – Schedule adjustments

20 SFCC – Schedule adjustments

21 West Broadway More service on weeknights, Saturday nights and all day Sundays/Holidays; Schedule adjustments

22 Northwest Blvd – Route is shortened with a new end of line at the VA Hospital; Schedule adjustments

23 Maple/Ash – Schedule adjustments

25 Division – Expanded Sunday/Holiday Service; Schedule adjustments

26 Lidgerwood – Schedule adjustments

27 Crestline – New routing on Crestline & Lincoln north of Francis; Route no longer directly serves Hillyard nor 5-Mile Park & Ride

28 Nevada – End of line loop on Whitworth, Waikiki and Hawthorn discontinued; Schedule adjustments

29 SCC – Schedule adjustments

32 Trent/Montgomery –Eastbound routing travels on Vista, Buckeye & Argonne to eliminate the need to cross Trent; Schedule adjustments

33 Wellesley – Evening and weekend schedule adjustments

34 Freya – Schedule adjustments

35 Francis/Market NEW route from the VA hospital to N Market with continuous routing along Francis and new service on E Francis, and N Market. Note: No direct service to 5-Mile Park & Ride.

36 North Central NEW route from SFCC to N Market connecting SFCC, West Central Community Center, North Central High School, and Northeast Community Center and new service on W Maxwell

39 Mission – Schedule adjustments

42 South Adams – Minor routing changes; Schedule adjustments

43 Lincoln/37th Ave – Minor routing changes; Schedule adjustments

45 Perry District – Schedule adjustments

60 Airport via Browne’s Addition – Evening and weekend schedule adjustments

61 Highway 2 via Browne’s Addition – Minor routing changes; Evening and weekend schedule adjustments

68 Cheney Loop – Final partial trip from Rt 6 eliminated.

74 Mirabeau/Liberty Lake – Routing changed to north of I-90 from Mirabeau Park & Ride to Liberty Lake; Meadowwood Tech Park routing discontinued with new end of line at Knox and Madson

90 Sprague – Schedule adjustments

94 East Central/Millwood – Routing changes near Liberty Park, Schedule Adjustments

95 Mid-Valley – Routing on Indiana between Mirabeau Park & Ride discontinued and replaced with new routing to serve Barker; Schedule adjustments

96 Pines/Sullivan – Routing south of Sprague discontinued; Schedule adjustments

97 South Valley – Schedule adjustments

98 Liberty Lake via Sprague – Routing on Barker and Mission discontinued and replaced with routing on Appleway and Country Vista Dr.; Schedule Adjustments

124 North Express – New Express stop at Maxwell and Monroe; Schedule adjustments

144 South Express – Schedule adjustments

633 Geiger Shuttle – New early Sunday trip each way, Schedule adjustments

661 EWU Express – 7:47am trip discontinued

664 EWU South Hill Express – Schedule adjustments

724 Liberty Lake Tech Express – NEW route providing peak service for those traveling from Spokane to Liberty Lake in the morning and Liberty Lake to Spokane in the evening.

771 Mirabeau Express – NEW route to provide weekday peak service between Spokane and Mirabeau P&R

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