FTA awards Spokane Transit’s Central City Line BRT $53.4 million

Jan. 22, 2020
The funding is provided through the Capital Investment Grants Program.
Spokane Transit Authority’s (STA) Central City Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project was awarded a $53.4-million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). 

The $92.2-million Central City BRT project will provide faster, more reliable transit service by connecting communities along a 5.8-mile route between Browne’s Addition, a residential area and National Register Historic District located west of downtown Spokane, to an eastern terminus at Spokane Community College.

"This $53.4 million federal investment will provide residents along the Central City Corridor better access to jobs, educational opportunities and other services," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The funding for the project is through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The Central City Line BRT was one of five new allocations added in 2019. It is estimated to start service in 2022. STA says the service will feature more frequent trips with convenient elements such pre-board ticketing, level boarding and improved stations with real-time signage, wayfinding and other amenities.

"FTA is proud to join our partners in Washington to improve public transportation in Spokane," said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams. "The Central City Line BRT project will provide fast and efficient service, improving mobility and pedestrian access to convenient transit service."

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.