Northwestern Stage Lines (or, Northwestern Trailways)
4611 S. Ben Franklin Lane
Spokane, WA 99224
(509) 838-4029 http://www.northwesternstagelines.com/
Providing deluxe motor-coach charter service.
Spokane Transit Authority
STA buses provide public transportation with fixed-route service throughout the city of Spokane and nearby communities of Airway Heights, Cheney, Fairchild Air Force Base, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Millwood and Spokane Valley.
STA will take the elderly or disabled anywhere in
the Spokane area at a very reasonable fee—which is $1.50/ride. You
must apply for a personal card and number before using this service.
Apply for STA’s Paratransit Van Service
(509) 325-6052 http://spokanetransit.com STA Route Information
(509) 328-7433 - Call Center, TTY 456-4327http://www.spokanetransit.com/ridesta/routesschedules.asp
Customer Service Centers
The Bus Shop
The Bus Shop (Too)
1229 W. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Closed Saturdays, Sundays and HolidaysBus Passes (free)SNAP Homeless Services
can help with bus passes, as long as:
1) The person(s) is homeless, in a place not meant for habitation, ie: car, garage, etc .
2) The person(s) is at or under 30% of median income.
3) The person(s) is homeless in the County. Cannot reside in Spokane City limits.
Contact: SNAP Homeless Services
212 S. Wall
Spokane, WA 99202
(509) 456-7627, Ext 3205
Spokane Transit Authority Board
Meets the 3rd Thursday
Spokane City Council chambers
808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, 5:30 p.m. http://www.spokanetransit.comTracking a STA Bus
"smart bus" system uses GPS to track their buses, showing riders the
real-time status of their approaching bus. The information can be used
to pinpoint arrival times and reduce waiting time for bus passengers in
the cold, snow or rain. This function will be especially useful during
winter storms when buses often have trouble staying on schedule. Each
bus has its own number, and each bus stop has a unique number as well.
Buses are tracked by GPS. Maps o the website show the progress of each
bus. Highlight boxes give estimates of the buses' progress in real
time. The information is accessible at http://spokanetransit.com/betatripplanner
(Bus running late? Track it by GPS," by Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review
, September 9, 2015)
- STA bus ridership was 11.3 million in 2014. STA estimates that the agency hauled bus passengers a combined 48 million miles in 2014, the highest in STA's history. (STA reports record riders, Buses carried 11.3 million in 2014, reporter Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review, January 9, 2015)
- Two of the 3 most heavily traveled lines in Spokane - North Division and East Sprague - serve large numbers of multifamily developments. The third line carries students, many of whom are millennials, to Cheney for classes at Eastern Washington University. The millennial generation - those born between about 1983 and 2000 - are now the largest population group in the U.S. In addition, younger people are less likely to own cars and more likely to ride transit. ("Millennials' urban lifestyle driving transit improvements," by Mike Prager, The Spokesman-Review, March 2015
- An average of 21 people in large buses are killed each year in crashes in the U.S., and nearly 8,000 others are injured. About half of all motorcoach fatalities are the result of rollovers, and about 70% of those killed in rollover accidents were ejected from the bus. New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a new federal rule, a safety measure sought by accident investigators. ("Seat belts to be required on buses; Rule will apply to larger vehicles in 2016," reporter Joan Lowy, Associated Press, November 21, 2013; David Strickland, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)