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STA proposes service reductions amid economic downturn



















SPOKANE, Wash. - Due to a two year decline in sales tax revenue, Spokane Transit is seeking to reduce service by two percent in 2010 and even more in the following years if sales tax revenue does not significantly increase.

According to STA, sales tax revenue funds nearly 70 percent of the agency's operating costs. The economic downturn has negatively impacted sales tax revenue and as a result, STA's ability to maintain its current level of service has been reduced.

Despite strong ridership growth over the last several years and the January 1 fare increase, the agency said it will not be able to make up the shortfall.

A proposed reduction in service includes a two percent service reduction effective September 2010. Additional reductions in 2011 and 2012 will be required if there is not a significant increase in sales tax revenue.

STA staff began analyzing routes, trips and schedules in the Fall of 2008 to identify what could be discontinued, reduced or modified. The Fixed-Route Service Design Guidelines, adopted by the Board in December 2009, set the standards for this assessment and criteria for determining the productivity of a route.

STA is seeking your opinion on the proposed service reductions:

Group 1.   Route eliminations based on low ridership

  • Route #35 – Five Mile Park & Ride
  • Route #47 – Glenrose


Group II: Service frequency reductions

  • Route 23 Maple/Ash
  • Route 74 Valley Limited 
  • City Loop (Routes 20 SFCC/33 Wellesley) 
  • Route 27 Crestline
  • Route 44 29th Avenue


Group III. Route Restructures to improve service utilization and efficiency

  • Route 2 Medical Shuttle
  • Route 29 SCC
  • Route 31 Garland
  • Route 91 Mission 
  • Route 65 Cheney 
  • Route 66 EWU

There will be a public hearing at the Spokane Transit Board meeting on May 19. The Board is expected to make a decision at their June 16 meeting.  Changes will go into effect three months later, on September 19.

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