As part of Spokane Transit’s Moving Forward 10-year improvement plan, the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) is implementing the Monroe-Regal Line, a new high performance route that will provide frequent, reliable, all-day service along this major regional travel corridor. Service and bus stop improvements will make riding the bus a faster, more convenient, and comfortable way of getting around town.
With the implementation of the Monroe-Regal Line, STA will modify other bus routes near the Monroe-Regal Line to ensure an efficient, seamless transit system. Service changes to existing bus routes will be introduced when the Monroe-Regal Line opens for service in September 2019. Look for more information and opportunities for public comment on proposed service changes later this fall.
What is the Monroe-Regal Line?
The Monroe-Regal Line is a major north-south transit corridor that runs 11.4 miles from STA’s Five Mile Park and Ride to a brand new Moran Station Park and Ride (located at East 57th Ave and South Palouse Highway) that will be constructed as part of the project. The Monroe-Regal Line will serve:
- Downtown Spokane
- STA Plaza
- Garland District
- Spokane County Courthouse and County Campus
- Kendall Yards
- Southside Medical District
- Manito Park
- Lincoln Heights
- Ferris High School
- Lewis and Clark High School
- Many other neighborhoods and destinations
Frequent, Reliable, Comfortable, and Accessible Service
As a high performance corridor, the Monroe-Regal Line will provide frequent, reliable all-day service – every 15 minutes for at least 12 hours per day on weekdays, and at least every 30 minutes during evenings, weekends, and holidays. The Monroe-Regal Line will also feature:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible stations
- New amenities, like shelters in some locations
- Distinctive branding
- Electric buses as early as 2020
Station improvements and amenities will vary by location depending on station ridership, available space, project budget, and other factors. Some existing bus stops in the corridor will be relocated to accommodate new amenities, like shelters, and some stops will be closed to make the new service faster and more reliable for riders.
STA will continue to evaluate proposed bus stop improvements and changes to specific existing stop locations through the project design process this fall.
A New Moran Station Park and Ride
As part of the launch of the Monroe-Regal Line, STA is constructing the new Moran Station Park and Ride, located at the intersection of East 57th Ave and South Palouse Highway in the Moran Prairie neighborhood of Spokane County.
The Monroe-Regal Line, including the Moran Station Park and Ride, will open for service in September 2019. Additional corridor improvements, including STA’s new electronic fare collection system, a clean and green battery-electric bus fleet, and additional station amenities will be introduced in future phases in 2020 and 2021.
Spokane Transit will consider and incorporate public feedback throughout the design process and present the revised project through a series of in-person and online events in 2018 and 2019.