SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane is one step closer to seeing a Central City Line – commonly known as the downtown trolley – as STA reports the project has been approved for preliminary development.
The Federal Transit Administration approved the project for development, which means that they recognize the project as a viable candidate for federal grants. What this also means is any local and state funds will be counted as a local match for federal grants and increases the project's competitiveness for federal dollars.
If STA can get the federal grant they say virtually all of the capital costs of the program will be covered by state and federal money while local funds would cover the operating costs.
Since Proposition 1, which would have funded operating costs, was rejected by voters in April, the STA board is looking for options to secure the local operating costs.
A steering committee has been created to shape the project to submit for the grant.
If you are interested in learning more about the project there will be workshop and open house held on in the multi-purpose room at Stevens Elementary on November 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.