If your other car is an STA bus, you’re not only helping the environment, you’re helping yourself save money.
“Riding the bus doesn’t mean you never drive,” said E. Susan Meyer, STA CEO and fellow Liberty Lake resident. “But it can mean you only need to own one car and that can definitely save you money.”
Many Liberty Lake commuters and residents utilize STA’s services, which are even more convenient thanks to service improvements implemented last fall. At that time, Route 74 (Mirabeau/Liberty Lake) gained service to the Meadowwood Technology Campus and Route 172 (Liberty Lake Express) began providing service to Country Vista Boulevard. The Paratransit Service Boundary was also expanded to include more of Liberty Lake.
As Liberty Lake’s full-service public transportation provider, STA offers bus, Vanpool, Vanshare and Paratransit services. So, which of these services is right for you?
Fixed Route Bus
Spokane Transit operates 147 buses on 40 different routes, covering 248 square miles within Spokane County. The routes serving the Liberty Lake Park & Ride can be viewed on the map on the previous pages and are described below:
• Route 74: Direct access to E. Indiana services and Spokane Valley Mall, this route serves the Mirabeau Park & Ride then continues downtown via I-90.
• Route 172: Travels from Liberty Lake Park & Ride to downtown Spokane via I-90. Both routes are ideally suited for commuters and students since, during peak commute hours, buses leave for downtown every 15-minutes. Many trips continue on to Cheney and Eastern Washington University so you never even need to transfer buses.
• Route 98: Gets you to great shopping, restaurants and services along East Sprague and connects with the Valley’s transportation hub, the Valley Transit Center (VTC).
Vanpool is like carpooling, but with groups of people who live and work in approximately the same areas that can share the commute to work in a van provided by Spokane Transit. Vanpools cater to long-distance commutes anywhere within eastern Washington and north Idaho, as long as the van starts or ends within STA’s boundaries.
If you can take the bus most of the way to work, but need a ride from home to a transit stop, or from a park & ride to your workplace, Vanshare can bridge the gap.
Spokane Transit takes pride in offering the best possible van transportation to customers eligible for Paratransit service under the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. Paratransit provides service to 6,069 ADA-eligible customers, as well as their guests and personal care attendants.
NOTE: A version of this article first appeared in the 2020 Liberty Lake Yearbook. Click on the map below for a downloadable PDF version featuring STA’s service to Liberty Lake.