Students to benefit from change in Spokane bus pass system

Students with a valid, local college ID are able to ride the city buses for no charge. KREM 2's Matt Vergara has more. (9/19/16)

SPOKANE, Wash. --- Spokane Transit Authority wants to make riding the bus a little easier for students.

Thousands of people use the bus system in Spokane, and many of those people are students.

Thankfully, students do not have to pay to ride the bus.

“All of the universities and colleges in Spokane are really important to us,” said Beth Bousely, communications director of Spokane Transit Authority. “They are a big part of our ridership,” she added.

Bousely said it is part of their philosophy to better connect students to the city.

“Especially for students that are new to the area. We really want to make it easy to introduce them to the beautiful Spokane region. A way to do that is on the bus,” Bousely said.

Students have always had the opportunity for free rides, whether the students are from Spokane Falls Community College, Eastern Washington University or Gonzaga University.

However, this year, students will only need their student IDs to use the bus system.

“You don’t have to carry around two separate bus passes or an extra dollar fifty,” said Spokane Falls Community College student, Kendra Wells.

“Yeah and you don’t have to worry for like the 2 hours to be up. If I'm in class, I don’t have to worry about paying again,” added Spokane Falls Community College student, Sydney Wippert.

Each college or university pays an annual fee based on past ridership of the bus system.

Along with the bus pass change, STA will also be trying out a new app called Real Time.

It is just in the beginning stages right now, but it is available on the Spokane Transit Authority website.

The app will update you on bus schedules and whether or not a bus will be on time.

“Millennials and students are very important to our ridership. They ride the bus, they understand it, they want to stay connected," said Bousely. "This is an easy way to do that. We want to encourage them to get on the bus."

(© 2016 KREM)


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