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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Is it the bus of the future? Spokane Transit Authority is starting their new Smart Bus Initiative. These new “smart buses” will be equipped with automated stop announcements and real time tracking technology.

Steve Blaska, the STA Operations Director, spoke to the new program. “I'm really excited about how much easier it's going to make public transportation,” he said.

As part of the initiative, a new high-tech dispatch center will serve as the nerve-center of the STA. Dispatchers will be able to monitor buses on their routes: seeing which buses are on time, how full they are, and if there are any emergencies.

Katie Rosenburger rides the bus to work everyday, and she is in favor is the new route that STA is taking. “I really like the automated bus system,” she said, referring to the new voice that announces stops. Speaking more broadly about changes, she added, “I think all cities should do this. It's really helpful, and I think it's a great improvement.”

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