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Youth Ride Free on STA!

STA makes it easy for youth to ride transit. All youth 18 and under ride free. Here’s how:


Rider’s License

A free Rider’s License Connect card offers youth unlimited rides on all STA routes.

Youth can apply online, visit Customer Service at STA Plaza, or any local Spokane, Liberty Lake, or County library branch. There is no cost for the card!

Note: Every physical Connect card and eConnect card are separate, so you can’t switch between them to pay fare from the same account.

SPS High School Student ID

SPS high school student IDs also offer free, unlimited bus rides with STA. Just tap your Student ID on the validator when you get on the bus.

Use Your Phone (with the STA Connect app)

If you have a Rider’s License or an online account with an eConnect card, contact Customer Service to have them add your Rider’s License to the eConnect card.

If you don’t have a Connect account or a Rider’s License, first register an online Connect account and create an eConnect card in the STA Connect app. Then use your eConnect number when applying for your Rider’s License.

Note: Every physical Connect card and eConnect card are separate, so you can’t switch between them to pay fare from the same account.

Other Options

If none of the above options work for you, don’t worry — youth 18 and under will not be refused service on STA. Here are some other ways you can ride without fare:

Use Student ID card

Show the bus driver your valid student ID card when you board the bus.

Youth 18 and under ride free

If you don’t have your Rider’s License yet, just board the bus and tell the driver your age. No youth 18 and under will be turned away.

How To Ride

Tap your card to ride!

Rules of Conduct

Riding the bus is safe and fun, but we still have to follow some rules. For the full list, visit here, but here are some highlights: 
  • Be courteous and considerate of other riders: move over for others and don’t block spaces or seats.
  • No eating on the bus.
  • Use headphones to listen to audio on mobile devices.
  • Drinks are allowed but must be in covered containers.
  • Stay behind the yellow line at the front of the bus.
  • Don’t distract the driver while the bus is in motion.

Plan Your Trip

Use STA’s online trip planner to find the fastest bus route to your destination. You can also call (509) 328-RIDE for trip planning assistance.

Riding With an SPS High School Student ID?

Below are routes that serve SPS high schools.

Shadle Park
4327 North Ash Street, Spokane, WA
1622 East Wellesley Avenue, Spokane, WA
Pratt Academy
6903 East 4th Avenue, Spokane Valley, WA
On Track Academy
4091 North Regal Street, Spokane, WA
North Central
1600 North Howard Street, Spokane, WA
NEWTech Prep
4141 North Regal Street, Spokane, WA
Lewis & Clark
521 West 4th Avenue, Spokane, WA
3020 East 37th Avenue, Spokane, WA
The Community School
1025 West Spofford Avenue, Spokane, WA

Need Assistance?

Questions about SPS Student IDs?

Contact Spokane Public Schools for any questions about SPS Student IDs for high school students.

Questions about Connect cards?

View STA’s answers to common questions about using a Connect card.

Questions about STA bus service?

STA Customer Service is available to assist with many aspects of riding the bus, such as:

  • Assistance with trip planning
  • Finding your bus stops
  • Lost and found
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