Woman Protests STA Route Changes - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Woman Protests STA Route Changes; Do You Agree With Her?

SPOKANE, Wash. – Inside the downtown STA bus plaza, thousands of people rushed to catch buses on Thursday and one woman sat refusing to move.

Willa Nataraja sat on her walker with a homemade sign and protested plans to redraw bus routes and eliminate stops in her neighborhood.

The Spokane Transit Authority is collecting public input on their Bus Stop Consolidation Plan as part of a service guideline approved last year.

Nataraja currently walks one block to catch the bus, but new plans call for stops to be redrawn. She fears she will have to walk five or six blocks.

"I have arthritis from my jaw down to my toes," she said. "I take my walker now because I need the exercise, but if I have to go five or six blocks, I'll need to use my electric wheelchair."

As many as 11 routes could be affected across the Spokane area. Most of the routes have been flagged with red signs on bus stops which could be eliminated.

Authorities at STA said they plan to work with Nataraja to try working out a solution.

For more information, or to provide public input about bus stops in your neighborhood, contact STA through the following website: http://www.spokanetransit.com/about-sta/view/stop-consolidation-plan/

 

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