West Plains Transit Center (phase one)

Target Completion Year:

September 2018

Service Areas:

West Plains, Airway Heights, Cheney, Medical Lake

Estimated Impact:

83,000

New Rides Annually

Description

The
West Plains Transit Center, located at Exit 272 along I-90, addresses several transportation issues on the West Plains. Before the transit center, customers were required to travel to downtown Spokane to make connections between Medical Lake and Cheney. The facility allows customers to change buses on the West Plains and it also included a park and ride for commuters that utilizes existing service between Spokane and Cheney. Connections are in the works for the remaining areas of the West Plains.

Background

As part of the STA Moving Forward planning study, STA initiated a project to evaluate a transit center that would improve connectivity in the West Plains area, provide transit access to residential areas to the south of I-90, and increase productivity on routes in the area. The West Plains Transit Center is an important step in the implementation of the High Performance Transit (HPT) Network.

The West Plains Transit Center provides riders with the following:

  • 200 spaces in a new Park and Ride lot

  • Passenger loading platforms to accommodate multiple West Plains connecting services with I-90 transit services, with the posibility of adding including intercity buses in the future

  • Real-time bus departure information

  • Landscaping, lighting, shelters and other transit amenities

Benefits

  • Improved direct connectivity between the Airway Heights (phase two), Medical Lake and Cheney, alleviating the need to connect via downtown Spokane.

  • Increased efficiency of existing services.

  • 1.1 million fewer annual vehicle miles and 95,000 fewer vehicle trips by the fourth year.

  • Accommodates future HPT vehicles that will expedite travel through increased frequency, prepaid and faster boarding, and dedicated lanes.  

Stakeholder Outreach

Stakeholder outreach was a major component of this project. Two policy and technical design groups were formed to provide input into major decisions regarding the project

Public Outreach

Extensive public outreach was conducted as a part of the STA Moving Forward planning process in 2012, the results of which identified the Spokane to Cheney corridor as a top candidate for a High Performance Transit (HPT) Network and an ideal location for a transit center.

In the years since then, multiple open houses and extensive public outreach have confirmed the need for a transit center and a commuter park and ride in the West Plains.

What’s Next?

Construction
on phase one has completed. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on September 18, 2018, to celebrate the opening of the West Plains Transit Center.

Phase two will facilitate service allowing West Plains residents to travel between cities on the West Plains without having to travel downtown.

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Phases

  • Task Completed
  • Task in Process
  • Task Not Started

Phase OneProperty Acquisition

  • Notice of Intent
  • Environmental
  • Title/Survey/ALTA
  • Phase 1 ESA
  • Appraisal/ Review
  • FTA Concurrence
  • Offer
  • Closing

Phase TwoInterchange Justification Report

  • PP1 - Purpose/Need
  • PP2 - Alternatives
  • PP3 - Operations
  • PP4 - Access
  • PP5 - Land Use
  • Interchanges
  • Coordination
  • Environmental
  • IJR Prelim. Approval

Phase 3Preliminary Engineering

  • Conceptual Design
  • Traffic Impact Analysis
  • Environmental
  • Geotechnical
  • Structural Analysis
  • Roadway Geometry
  • Architectural Design
  • Stormwater Analysis
  • Cost Estimates

Phase 4Final Design

  • Final Plans
  • Final Specifications
  • Final Cost Estimate
  • IJR Final Approval
  • Out to Bid
  • Entitlements
  • Award of Contract

Phase 5Construction

  • Start of Construction
  • End of Construction
  • Retainage Paid
  • Project Completion

Events

May 21, 2018 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Connect Downtown

Jul 19, 2017 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

West Plains Transit Center Groundbreaking


Feedback

September 2018 Service Revisions

The survey is now closed. Thank you for all of the responses.

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