Avista and STA teaming up for free rides to cooling centers

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane Transit (STA) and Avista are joining forces to offer free transportation from people’s homes to cooling centers in the regional transit service area.

Effective immediately and running through Friday, the service is intended to help relieve those facing challenges from the record setting heat in the Inland Northwest. Many Avista customers have seen blackouts over the past few days, and Avista is encouraging its customers to make efforts to conserve energy.

“These extreme heat conditions present a clear health risk to those in our community,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA’s CEO. “STA has the vehicles and the operators needed to get people to safety, which makes us well-positioned to assist Avista in its relief efforts.”

Those looking for transportation must call 509-328-1522 two hours in advance to schedule service to and from a desired cooling center. Face masks are still required to be worn on transit vehicles.

“We are committed to providing support for our most vulnerable,” said Latisha Hill, Avista’s Vice President for Community Development and Economic Vitality. “Our partnership with STA will enable those who are struggling through this unprecedented heat wave to find relief.”

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