SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Transit Authority previewed a double decker bus over the past few days. However, STA's Brandon Rapez-Betty stressed that the organization isn't necessarily going to buy the vehicle or any others that they preview.
“At this point, we're just window shopping,” Brandon said. “We're always looking at ways to improve public transit here in the region and as manufacturers bring new products online, they often do tours around. We don't have any definitive plans to buy a vehicle like this right now, but it's always great to know what's out there as an option.”
The organization has been looking at different vehicles to potentially expand or replace part of their fleet. In 2016, voters approved a 10 year funding plan that will allow STA to look into options like this.
The Alexander Dennis Enviro 500 they have been previewing is 42 feet long, 13.5 feet high and can fit up to 85 passengers.
It also comes equipped with optional reclining chairs and outlets or USB ports for charging portable devices.
If STA decides to go with this option it would travel on the longer bus routes like Spokane-Liberty Lake or Spokane-Cheney that usually fill to capacity.
The organization is also looking into potentially expanding bus routes into Idaho so that travelers can get between Liberty Lake, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene. If that plan works out, it would not be implemented until 2025.
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