Coeur d’Alene sets goal to create public transportation system



Posted on June 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- The City of Coeur d’Alene is officially adopting a set of goals about how the city should be more than 12 years from now. It is called CDA 2030.

One of the goals is to create a public transportation system. The area already has a bus system that offers free rides on a couple of routes. It is a cooperative effort that gets a good amount of funding from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the local hospital.

Teresa Glover does not have a car and has to walk to work every morning before taking the bus home. She is all for making public transportation more accessible.

“Yeah I definitely hope for more buses and more convenient times and all that. We need mass transit here, we definitely need it,” said Glover.

What is already in place is called Citylink. It started in 2005, it is a cooperative effort between the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Kootenai Health and local cities.

Citylink has seven buses that cover two fixed routes in both Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls. It is all free including buses that run to the reservation.  The tribe and the hospital contribute the most money to the service.

“We are an odd man out in terms of how we operate. But we do it very efficiently,” said Kootenai County Transit Manager Christine Fueston.

Coeur d’Alene City Council adopted the CDA 2030 vision plan. It is a set of goals for how the city should operate in the future. Including, providing a public transportation system.

Kootenai County Transit Manager said while it would be nice to add more routes and start collecting fares, the Coeur d’Alene area cannot handle that yet.

“You have to have tokens or passes. So you’ve got that side of it, that costs funds too. Are we big enough to make that pay for itself? Probably not yet,” said Fueston.

She also said more local funding would be needed to make something like that a reality.

There is no immediate plan from the city to change anything. This is just a goal for the future. Citylink is in the process of creating a transit center at the Riverstone Development.