Starting next month, you’ll need an extra quarter to take that bus ride.
In 2016, after nearly a year of public outreach, the Spokane Transit Authority board of directors voted to implement a new fare, raising rates for the first time in five years.
The first phase of the new fare goes into effect on July 1, when the price of an adult two-hour bus pass increases by 25 cents to $1.75 from its current rate of $1.50. The second phase of the increase will take place in July 2018 when the price of a two-hour bus pass increases by another 25 cents for a total fare of $2. The decision to increase fares supports the cost-sharing objectives the STA board has established for its customers.
To see a full list of the new fares for bus pass options, visit spokanetransit.com/new-fare.
The STA board is implementing the new fare in two phases to address community feedback about the impact on people with fixed or low incomes. In addition, STA officials are collaborating with health and human service providers to develop solutions that lessen the impact on low-income customers who do not already have access to free or discounted transit passes.
In November 2016, voters approved an increase in local sales and use tax to fund STA’s Moving Forward Plan to maintain, improve and expand public transit across the region, and customer fares are another important funding stream for implementation of that plan.
In total, more than 25 transit projects will be completed over the next 10 years, with this first wave of improvements taking effect last month, including later night service on Saturdays, improved weekend service on Wellesley Avenue and to Airway Heights, and the new Route 95 Mid-Valley service in Spokane Valley.
A full list of the STA Moving Forward projects, including timelines and individual project details, can be found at STAMovingForward.com.