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What You Need To Know About The New STA Route Changes

NEWS RELEASE FROM STA: Spokane Transit's fixed-route bus service will undergo extensive changes beginning Sunday, September 18, 2011. A three-percent reduction in service occurred in September of 2010.

The new changes reduce seven percent of STA's current bus service as part of a cost-cutting effort to compensate for the loss of sales tax revenue since 2008 resulting from the depressed economy. 

Another reduction, originally scheduled for 2012, has been postponed by the STA Board of Directors in hopes that the economy will improve and the service reduction may be deferred, or even reduced. 

Although the changes were initiated to reduce operating costs by seven percent, many routes were reconfigured for overall system improvement. The final result is a more efficient and sustainable transportation system for the region.

"We understand the serious impact to those who lose service.  All our planning was focused on minimizing that impact and still achieving the necessary cost reductions," said Susan Meyer, STA CEO. "We are working hard to do our best with less."

STA has been able to preserve most service until now because of careful planning and prudent financial policies. The organization is debt-free.

STA conducted extensive public outreach over the past year and invited people to share their ideas and concerns about the proposed changes. The final plan is a reflection of the many comments and suggestions received from the public, the board and STA employees. It is the result of careful analysis that incorporates this input and positions STA for future growth.

Detailed information about the changes, including new route schedules and the system map, are available online at www.spokanetransit.com or by calling 509.328-RIDE (7433). Spokane Transit staff will be available to assist customers from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, at The STA Plaza and at area Park & Ride lots as part of STA's Rider Appreciation Day.

Staff will also be available at The Plaza, the Valley Transit Center and at Spokane Community College locations on Monday, September 19, as the changes take effect for the weekly commute. Extra staff will also be available at The Plaza on Tuesday, September 20, and Wednesday, September 21.

STA provides public transportation services through fixed route (bus) operations, paratransit operations and vanpool. The agency employs approximately 550 people and is overseen by a regional board of ten members, comprised of nine elected officials from Spokane County and cities in the Public Transportation Benefit Area, and a non-voting labor member. For more information about STA, please visit our web site at www.spokanetransit.com.

 

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