The purpose of the project is to provide a high performance transit service that connects major
activity nodes or neighborhoods within the Spokane central city area, in a manner that would stimulate new
development; maximize regional resources and transit mobility; support local and regional land use goals,
objectives and plans; is environmentally sensitive; and garners broad public support within the greater
central city area.
There are several deficiencies that the central city currently faces. This project aims to address and
correct these problems by focusing on the following issues:
- Transit service in Spokane is not designed to support casual, non-commute riders.
- It is difficult for new riders to understand how to ride transit to get from one place to another,
especially if neither of those places are within the central city.
- Transit doesn’t serve the neighborhoods and surrounding areas as well as it serves the central city.
- Travel (trip) times are too long, and should be reduced through service improvements, Intelligent
Transportation Systems (ITS), and/or reducing the need to transfer.
- Current transit service does not run frequent enough or for sufficient duration outside the peak hour
(nights, weekends) to attract casual users and reduce car dependency.
- Although current reliability is good, future reliability as Spokane continues to grow as a region is a
- Upgrades are needed to improve the convenience of transit, both in the design of the vehicle, the transit
wait areas, and the ability to download transit service and schedule information on technical devices.
- Many corridors and markets within the study area lack amenities and transit service which are adequate
enough to stimulate new development.