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STA proposes changes to Local 68

Decline in ridership, confusion forces changes to Cheney route


Last updated 2/21/2019 at 4:30pm

John McCallum

Currently, Cheney local route 68's left loop runs counterclockwise from K Street Station on 1st Street while the right loop makes a right hand turn and runs clockwise. Under the proposed STA changes, the left loop would become the 67 and would be called the "Swoop Loop" while the right remains the same and is called the "Cheney Loop."

Spokane Transit Authority officials told Cheney's City Council that ridership on the local service has dropped off significantly since route changes were implemented last September - and they have a plan to restore its use by residents and Eastern Washington University students.

Addressing the council during the information portion of the Feb. 12 meeting, STA director of planning and development Karl Otterstrom said the agency had experienced "more than typical negative feedback" on the implemented route changes and an "unanticipated negative ridership trend on the route." According to info...

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