Frequently Asked Questions

STA Moving Forward is a 10-year plan that aims to maintain, improve and expand transit services throughout Spokane County to meet the needs of our growing community.

What is STA Moving Forward (STAMF)?

STA Moving Forward is the region’s 10-year plan that aims to maintain, improve and expand transit services throughout the transit service area to meet the needs of our growing community. The plan is made up of more than 25 projects to be implemented over the next decade.

How does STAMF benefit the Spokane region?

By expanding and improving public transportation in Spokane County, STAMF advances community development and economic growth. The projects included in STAMF will better connect our citizens to jobs, experiences, and services throughout the Spokane region.

What is High Performance Transit (HPT )?

The HPT Network is a system of all-day, two-way, reliable and frequent transit corridors. It will
offer speeds that are competitive with private automobiles and feature improved amenities for passengers including real-time traveler information, off-board fare collection and enhanced stations.

As a whole, the HPT will provide a higher level of mobility, allowing customers greater access to the public transportation system and the ability to reach more destinations. The essential goal of the HPT Network is to establish a higher level of connectivity. Bus, paratransit and vanpool services will continue to be provided, but with enhanced efficiency.

What major STAMF projects are underway?

West Plains Transit Center (WPTC)

In the summer of 2017, STA broke ground of a new transit center located at Exit 272 of I-90. Currently, riders must travel to Downtown Spokane in order to make a connection to any of the cities on the West Plains. Due for completion in 2018, this facility will allow riders to change buses on the West Plains and will include a park and ride for commuters, utilizing existing service between Spokane and Cheney.

Central City Line (CCL)

The Central City Line (CCL) will be a new six-mile bus route between Browne’s Addition and Spokane Community College (SCC), connecting through Downtown Spokane, the University District and Gonzaga University (GU). The project is the Spokane community’s response to its desire for a transit circulator in the urban core. CCL vehicles will be modern, rubber-tired, and battery electric with zero-emissions, rechargeable through inductive or conductive technology. It will combine speed and efficiency with the cost effectiveness and flexibility of environmentally responsible buses.

The CCL will be scaled appropriately to meet the needs of Spokane’s regional population which is projected to grow by approximately 120,000 by 2040. The CCL is projected to increase surrounding land and improvement value by $175 million.

Are service changes a part of the STAMF plan?

Service changes occur every four months as means of making incremental route and time-point changes in the interest of efficiency and reliability. Many of the major service revisions included in the STAMF plan, such as new routes, extended lines, or more frequent service on certain routes will coincide with service changes so that major changes go into effect at the same time that routine service revisions occur. The STAMF initiatives included in the 2017 service changes are listed below:

May 2017:

  • Extending Saturday night service past 11pm
  • Increasing weekend service on Wellesley Avenue
  • Adding Rt. 95 to service East Indiana Ave. and East Broadway.
  • Increasing frequency of buses to Airway Heights on weekends.

September 2017:

  • Extending Route 28 Nevada to the end of the line 7-days a week

  • Introducing Route 172 Liberty Lake Express route

  • Adding 30-minute, mid-weekday service to the renamed Route 74 Mirabeau/Liberty Lake

  • Improving on-time performance and passenger amenities on Route 90 Sprague Avenue and Route 25 Division

  • Increasing frequency on Route 24 Monroe on weekends

What major projects should we anticipate in the next two years?

2018:

  • Night and weekend service on Rt. 95 Mid-Valley

  • Night and weekend service to Indian Trail

  • Completion of the West Plains Transit Center

2019

  • Improved service and amenities on North Monroe Street to South Regal

  • Completion of the new Moran Prairie Park and Ride

  • Develop a South Commuter Express from the Moran Prairie Park and Ride

  • Completed construction of the Upriver Transit Center at Spokane Community College

How is the STA Moving Forward plan funded?

The plan is primarily funded by a voter-approved 0.2% increase in the local sales and use tax in 2016. In addition to that local revenue, Spokane Transit will fund the STA Moving Forward plan in three ways:

  • Compete for state and federal grants

  • Receive more revenue from increased ridership

  • Raise fares periodically as the cost of providing transit increases

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