On Tuesday, voters overwhelmingly approved Spokane
Proposition 1, increasing Spokane County's sales tax
to fund Spokane Transit Authority's growth plan, "STA
More than 55 percent of voters approved the proposition,
allowing STA to offer extended service, more frequent
trips, and the implementation of more routes.
The changes will benefit many, including 85-year-old
Dorene. The Spokane native is giving up her license
I hated to do it, Dorene said. I've been ill and
I knew I couldn't keep driving, and I thought about
it and thought about it.
Dorene voted for Proposition 1 so she'll have more
options when she trades in her car keys for a bus
It would be nice to be able to get farther out of
town and it's going to be new to me, said Dorene.
The plan increases local sales tax by a tenth of a
penny on the dollar starting next April, and then
by another tenth in April of 2019. It amounts to about
$24 per household per year.
This is a ten year plan, so 25 projects will be implemented
over the next decade. The first phase of projects
will start happening in May of 2017.
Reducing travel times, making direct connections,
just making transit more convenient people during
peak travel times, that's the goal of the plan, said
STA's Brandon Rapez-Betty.
Come May, you'll see more frequent trips in Airway
Heights, increased service to N. Nevada, and late-night
service on Saturdays.
STA says the plan provides more options for people
who want to get around our area.
Whether they're millennials who want to keep their
options open for how to get around or if it's seniors
who don't want to have to drive, said Rapez-Betty.
For people like Dorene, it couldn't have come at a
My kids have been driving me around, Dorene said.
This is going to make them very happy.
The second wave of projects will start in September