STA considers $72 million trolley from Browne’s Addition to SCC

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 6:01 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Transit announced it wants to spend $72 million to bring a trolley bus from Browne’s Addition to Spokane Community College.

The idea is similar to a streetcar and leaders said it would give people more options for public transportation. 

STA leaders said this is the next step in modernizing public transportation in Spokane. Leaders said they have looked into different options to bring a streetcar model to our area and the trolley bus is the cheapest.

It looks like a train but runs on the street and can mix in with cars.

“The project is about mobility, giving people more choices to get around,” said Spokane Transit CEO Susan Meyer.

The electric project would cover almost six miles. The cost totals $72 million. Leaders said they know that sounds expensive but that are the funding needed to make a big change in Spokane.

“The Central City Line will allow us to move passengers who don’t want to go Downtown directly from north to south and east to west,” said Meyer.

Meyer also said federal money could bring the cost down and it could help business across the city.


It could also help keep up with demand for public transportation which leaders said is up 45% in the last three years.

STA leaders plan to get more community input on the idea in the next few months.

Voters could see a ballot initiative to use sales tax dollars on the project by the spring of 2015. STA leaders hope to get the trolley system running some time in 2020.
 

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