Spokane Transit Authority is adding four new departures to the morning commute beginning Jan. 22. The new buses will depart from the Plaza downtown at 6:57 a.m., 7:57 a.m., 8:57 a.m. and 9:12 a.m.
Express buses leaving from park-and-ride lots for EWU will no longer stop downtown.
As many as 4,500 people commute by bus from Spokane to the EWU campus each day during the week, an increase of 30 percent since 2010. The ridership to EWU is indicative of a broader trend in Spokane. STA logged 11 million rides across its system last year, representing a 43 percent increase in boardings over the past eight years.