Spokane Transit Proposition 1

Proposition 1 will fund more than 25 projects to support public transit in our region.

On November 8, 2016, voters approved Spokane Transit Authority (STA) Proposition 1, authorizing an increase in local sales and use tax of up to 0.2% to help maintain, improve and expand public transit in Spokane Transit's service area.


To read STA’s public education brochure about Proposition 1, click here.

Connect people to services.

Services

Better access to community

More trips and improved connections throughout the region with new routes to:

  • hospitals and health centers
  • job sites
  • schools and universities
  • retail and other destinations

Connect workers to jobs.

Workers

Improvements to 7 regional corridors

Better transit service in the region’s busiest corridors helps commuters get to work and home more conveniently:

  • more frequent trips and extended hours of operations
  • more services like real-time departure signs and shelters
  • improved travel flow with more cars
    off the road

Partner in advancing regional economic development.

Economic

25% more services across the region

New business growth will be supported with streamlined operations, new routes, and faster connections:

  • more service during peak hours
  • new and improved transit centers
  • shorter travel times for long-distance commutes

Now that Proposition 1 is approved, STA will receive up to an additional two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) of local sales tax. This means that for every ten-dollar retail purchase, STA will receive up to an additional two cents in sales tax. For the average household in Spokane County, this would be an impact of about $2 a month or $24 a year. Proposition 1 has no impact on property taxes. The tax increase will take effect in phases:

  • A one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) increase in local sales tax effective April 1, 2017
  • A second one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) increase effective April 1, 2019
  • Both sales tax increases expire no later than December 31, 2028 unless renewed by voters

How each dollar received will be spent:

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Your Questions Answered

If approved by voters, Spokane Transit would:

  • Maintain the existing transit system by replacing buses and vans at the end of their useful life
  • Improve fixed-route bus service with higher frequency, more passenger conveniences like shelters and real-time schedule information, and extended hours on weekends
  • Expand transit service to new areas and construct new and enhanced park and ride lots

In total, more than 25 projects throughout the region are planned. Examples include:

  • Extended Saturday evening bus service past 11 p.m. system-wide
  • Direct bus service between Airway Heights and Cheney, Logan and Lincoln Heights, and Spokane Valley Mall and Greenacres
  • Non-stop bus service between Liberty Lake and Downtown Spokane during peak hours
  • Bus Rapid Transit  (the Central City Line) between Spokane Community College, Gonzaga, the University District, Downtown Spokane and Browne’s Addition
  • Night and weekend bus service to Indian Trail
  • Four new and expanded transit centers to allow more connections outside of Downtown Spokane
  • Bus and van replacement at the end of their useful life

If approved by voters, some new services would be available as early as May 2017. Those projects include:

  • New service on East Indiana in Spokane Valley to Providence Medical Park
  • Night and weekend service on North Nevada
  • More frequent service in Airway Heights during peak travel hours
  • Late-night service on Saturdays

The remaining maintenance, improvement and expansion projects would happen over the next decade throughout Spokane County’s transit service area.

In April 2015, STA proposed a similar ballot measure, Proposition 1. STA incorporated feedback from voters and consequently, the ballot measure in November 2016 will:

  • Ask for a smaller tax increase
  • Create a quicker timeline for new services throughout the region
  • Apply the tax increase in phases over a 3-year period

Funding from taxes

If this proposition is approved by voters, STA will receive up to an additional two-tenths of one percent (0.2%) of local sales tax. This means that for every ten-dollar retail purchase, STA would receive up to an additional two cents in sales tax. 

For the average household in Spokane County, this would be an impact of about $2 a month or $24 a year. The tax increases would take effect in phases:

  • A one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) increase in local sales tax effective April 1, 2017
  • A second one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) increase effective April 1, 2019
  • Both sales tax increases expire no later than December 31, 2028 unless renewed by voters

Funding from other sources

If approved by voters, Proposition 1 would enable STA to match local tax dollars with funding from two other sources:

  • Increased revenue from more riders using STA’s services
  • Competitive state and federal grants

That means that for every $1 dollar generated in sales tax, STA could match up to 54 cents to fund the STA Moving Forward plan.

Planned fare increases will also provide additional revenue from STA riders.