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Spokane Breaks Ground for Maintenance Facility

The Spokane (WA) Transit Authority (STA) broke ground recently for a garage and maintenance facility that will serve new routes including the Monroe-Regal Line, which will combine three existing routes into what STA calls “high-performance transit” when it launches in 2019, and the six-mile Central City BRT line scheduled to enter service in 2021.

The 68,640-square-foot Boone Northwest Garage will accommodate vehicles, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and a vehicle washer. The project will also include installation of a 20,000-gallon underground fuel facility.

STA Board Chair Kevin Freeman said of the project, “The Boone Northwest Garage plays a critical role in the three key goals outlined in the voter-approved STA Moving Forward 10-year plan: connect workers to jobs, connect people to services and partner in regional economic development.”

STA Chief Executive Officer E. Susan Meyer said, “The capacity for charging infrastructure marks the beginning of our transition to battery-electric bus technology.”

According to STA, the garage will accommodate a combination of 60-foot articulated coaches, 40-foot coaches and 22 paratransit vans.

STA Chief Operations Officer Roger Watkins, fourth from left, and STA Board Chair and Millwood Mayor Kevin Freeman, center, joined other stakeholders at ground-breaking ceremonies for STA’s Boone Northwest Garage.

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